Georgiana Constantin-Parke
Georgiana Constantin-Parke
Writer for The Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, Political Science PhD candidate
“Unplugged Skills”: The Need to Live beyond Technology’s Limitations

“Unplugged Skills”: The Need to Live beyond Technology’s Limitations

It would seem as if there is an electrical outlet for everything from one’s toothbrush to their car now. Society is in continuous technological progress. Advances in scientific and technical knowledge have extended and improved our lives. Most of us live in comfort only afforded to kings a few centuries ago and with capabilities they could not have imagined. And with all the new technology come new skill sets, new job prospects, and exciting opportunities. We now have the freedom to work from home or from anywhere in the world, as long as we have a computer and a good internet connection. We can run a business online. We can shop online. We can keep in touch with people from thousands of miles away and deliver messages that reach them in seconds. Everything seems to herald in an exciting future. More

No. 7-8, Sep.-Dec. 2017 2017


Telecommute and Video Games – On the Future of Work

Telecommute and Video Games – On the Future of Work

Today, many new paths are being created towards financial security and professional accomplishments. The market allows for numerous choices. And the effects are seen throughout society. Certain people love jobs which involve a lot of traveling. Some, on the contrary, prefer to be in an office environment. Others want or need to stay at home. Those in the latter category, however, sometimes dread losing their income or are worried that they will miss out on professional achievements. They may even be concerned that society will look down on them for not working, which happens, perhaps more often than previously thought.  More

No. 5-6, May.-Aug. 2017 2017


The Romanian National Cathedral: The Voice of a People Freed

The Romanian National Cathedral: The Voice of a People Freed

The recent dedication of the Romanian National Cathedral has been seen by many as the symbol of modern Romania’s centennial celebration. Having been designated as a goal by the authorities over a century ago, Romanian historical figures have referenced it in terms which imbue it with a special symbolism for the newly unified and hopeful country and as a symbol for the unity sought over the ages. More

No. 7-8, Sep.-Dec. 2017 2017


The Curse of the ‘Abroad’: A Romanian Perspective

The Curse of the ‘Abroad’: A Romanian Perspective

Samuel Huntington’s observations summarized in the above quote offer valuable insight, mostly regarding the mentality of former empires and great powers. For Romanians, the opposite is true. The ‘abroad’ has always been civilized, while we Romanians were not. We identify as being outside of the civilized world. Romanians have had a passionate love and desire for all things foreign for a long time. The socialist regime only helped intensify this desire by forbidding it. So, to any canny observer, this love for the abroad is not a new phenomenon. Neither is the low national self-esteem which comes with this reality, by focusing the attention on how much better off ‘the abroad’ is and how deficient Romanian society is. More

No. 7-8, Sep.-Dec. 2017 2017


The 21st Century’s Search for Equilibrium: Isms, Phobias and the Culture of Labels

The 21st Century’s Search for Equilibrium: Isms, Phobias and the Culture of Labels

There is much to be said on the subject of today’s world, even though events happen much in the same way as they have been happening since the dawn of human history. There is violence, war, famine, disease, empty political discourse, yet there are also festivals, scientific developments, and a higher standard of living than ever before in many parts of the world. In short, humankind moves forward through time, if I may be allowed this perhaps scientifically inaccurate expression, in much the same way it has always done. More

No. 3, Jan.-Feb. 2017 2017


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