Sophie Simons


Platform Capitalism

Platform capitalism creates further social divide and inequality in our society, particularly within issues of information distribution, privacy and algorithmic bias. Platform capitalism is disproportional, negatively impacts the poorer subsets of our populations – especially people of minority backgrounds – and is manipulated by corporations and people in positions of power. As a […]


A History Of The Pride Symbol

Symbols revolutionize social and political movements and celebrate a collective unity, community and history. Symbols define origin stories. A catalyst for the expansion of pride parades was the creation of the symbolic LGBT+ pride flag. Classification of queer people occurred throughout World War 2 by Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler adopted […]


WeChat And AliPay: Transforming Or Disrupting NZ Businesses?

On 4 July 2019, the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence held a revolutionary speaker event on the new payment and integration technology of WeChat and the Chinese payment system AliPay. Specifically, the speaker Ralph Shale addressed some key discussion points from Chinese e-commerce and mobile payments, why it matters, […]


Cristiano Da Costa – Ambassador For Timor Lester To NZ

Cristiano da Costa, a representative from Timor Leste, was a very important voice on the perspective of international relations for smaller island countries. In a recent seminar, da Costa indicated that as a small country, Timor Leste has limited power and therefore has to create and maintain diplomatic relationships very […]


The Trump-Kim Nuclear Summit: Finding The Middle Ground With South Korea

Hosted by the ambassador for South Korea, Mr. Seung-bae Yeo, at Victoria University’s Pipitea Campus on 6 June, the Institute For Governance & Policy Studies’ groundbreaking talk covered the history of the divide between the US and North Korea, and South Korea’s role as a neigbour to North Korea and […]


Global Enterprise Experience And Social Entrepreneurship

Modern problems require modern solutions. Global Enterprise Experience provides a unique experience to university students to create a business proposal for a profitable company that solves a global solution. Teams of 8 work from all across the global facing challenges with communication, access and resources. Teaching entrepreneurship programmes like these […]


Corporate Greed. Commercialization

Global conglomerates make millions and even billions of dollars because of their corporate greed and brutal marketing strategies designed to create publicity. With the recent memorials of ANZAC Day, commercialization would be on every marketer’s mind. Globally, it has become accepted for large companies to make political statements and commercialize […]


The Mueller Report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s special prosecutor Robert Mueller released his report on the alleged collusion of the 2016 presidential election last week, inciting significant global media coverage, delving into the depths of the extensive report. Mueller’s report had already received significant controversy by the Trump campaign as a result […]


Blood Relations Project

Arguably, the most difficult and long-standing conflict in our society is the conflict between Israel and Pakistan. As the conflict has continued over 60 years, anyone would argue that the usual diplomatic and military strategies fail to end the conflict. Rather, many governments are taking measures that escalate the conflict. […]


A Response To Women And Leadership

The Victoria International Leadership Programme at Victoria University offers seminars to educate people on the most pressing issues in our society. The most recent seminar last week on Women and Leadership, organized by the French Embassy, was about the incredible story of Mrs. Loretta Daunakamakama. The story of Mrs. Daunakamakama […]