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New Year, New Team

GLOBUS: A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief
1st January 2018

To all our readers, old and new,

First of all, allow me to wish you all a very happy, and prosperous, New Year. I hope that, this time next year, we will be able to look back at one that has well and truly moved on from the relative gloom of 2017.

And what a year it has been! Donald Trump (need I say more?), the advent of Brexit negotiations, escalating tensions in the Middle East, North Africa, and on the Korean Penninsula… and that’s just to skim the surface. As a student of Global Sustainable Development, what perhaps stands out most to me is the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement – an event that, I believe, most in the field have viewed with a feeling of despair.

What I would like to express today, however, is hope. The defiance of all other signatories to the Paris Agreement is, to continue the theme, perhaps the best example of this. We have the tools to fight the problems of our time; with such winds of global change blowing, and with people more than ever before fighting for their rights, their livelihoods, and their world, perhaps now is the time that we will see them used.

It is into such a context that I, and my new GLOBUS team, step into our roles this New Year. I would like to take a moment to thank last year’s team for their work, and to wish them luck as they move on to exciting new parts of their lives – with the majority of the team moving this term and next to Australia or Malaysia, to study at the University of Monash as part of their Global Sustainable Development courses.

This year, we’ve got a huge variety of exciting new projects we’ll be looking to launch. Already, the GLOBUS team is involved in an outreach project with the Sutton Trust, working with a variety of ages on projects examining aspects of food sustainability, championed by staff from the School for Cross-Faculty Studies, the home department of all members of our GLOBUS team. This month, on January 26th, we will be having our landmark online relaunch event, followed up on February 2nd. Both events will see a variety of new content released, so be sure to check in here, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages @GlobusWarwick, to keep up.

Later in the year, we hope to be hosting some all-new events – plans for those are currently in the works, and I’m really looking forward to sharing that news with you all. I would also like to welcome in particular members of our new team from the Liberal Arts degree programme, who we look forward to working with to expand our perspective, and develop further our understanding and programme of content.

If you would like to get involved in writing, or producing other content (podcasts and videos are inbound!), for or with GLOBUS, or you would like to get involved with our GLOBUS team, please do get in touch via the contact form on our ‘About Us’ page, or directly with me at

All that remains for me to do is to thank you all for your continued support of GLOBUS; I hope that you will all enjoy engaging with our publication in the coming year, and find it insightful, stimulating, and most importantly -global.


All the best,

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GLOBUS Editor-in-Chief, 2018

The Hult Prize

by Adina Frey

Hult prize

Social enterprise has become almost a trend in the recent years, gaining more interest and momentum than ever before. What is often forgotten, however, is that it is us – ordinary, young people – standing behind these success stories of mini-enterprises. Callum Porter-Harris, co-founder of Mandala and finalist of Hult Prize 2015, was born and raised in England. He finished his bachelor at Queen Mary’s university and decided to take a worldwide turn, finishing his masters at Jiao Tong university in Shanghai. That’s where he heard about Hult Prize and that’s where him and his team mates begun working on their first entrepreneurial idea for social betterment.

His lack of experience in entrepreneurship nor technical skills did not impede him and his team from winning the university stage. Through a series of workshops and events, guided by their university representatives, they nurtured and developed their idea – teleStory – an application that empowers illiterate parents in India to read to their children for the first time! They were successful to reach the finals in New York – pitching in front of Bill Clinton and leaders of the UN.

They did not win the finals. It was a sad setback for teleStory, but it wasn’t the end for Callum. Inspired by a year of new challenges, endless pitches and fascinating people, he, together with James da Costa and Ben Quartermaine started Mandala Group. It works as an incubator and promoter for social enterprise ideas, still closely tied to Hult Foundation, helping participants develop and excel their ideas – under their wings, MagicBus has won the Hult Prize in 2016.

Hult Prize is an opportunity to translate an inkling of an idea into reality that aids millions of people. It starts in the classroom, between friends, at a workshop, where you see a social disjustice and decide to take a step towards solving it. Hult Prize gives you the opportunity to put the idea into practice and develop it as you progress through the three stages of the competition: first at your university, second regional stage in one of world’s five locations (London, Shanghai, Dubai, Boston, San Francisco) and the third, final stage in New York.

That is why we are happy to bring Hult Prize to Warwick. The competition will run on November 26th and until then, we will organize a series of speaker events and workshops to inspire and guide teams to create their winning pitch. The speaker events will be held together with societies around campus that we have partnered with. These are: WIDS, Incubator, Kickstart, Enactus and PPE. We aim to bring in different speakers who will explore the multitude of ways that energy can be used in various sectors, ranging from communication to agriculture. There will be panels, debates and individual speeches, which anyone can participate in. As to workshops, closer to the date we will run a lot of events focused around ideation, presentation and pitching to prepare you for the final competition.

If you would like to find out more, follow us on Facebook on Hult@Warwick, send us an email to and definitely come to our Breaking Down the Challenge event on Friday 20th October!