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Sunday 17 October 2010

A guide to wielding power from the ultimate insider, Tony Blair’s former chief of staff, Jonathan Powell.

He wants to restore the reputation of the controversial Renaissance thinker Niccolo Machiavelli – and argues that twenty first century politics has much to learn from the Florentine philosopher.

Nigerian-American cancer pioneer Funmi Olopade takes a controversial look at race to determine how to best help a woman tackle breast cancer.

And drawing upon her country’s rich tradition of powerful revolt, award winning Haitian novelist Edwidge Danticat.

The 21st century prince is both pragmatic and idealistic in directing her people tormented by earthquakes and breast cancer. Illustration by Emily Kasriel.


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  • Jonathan Powell

    Jonathan Powell

    Jonathan Powell, political insider, argues leaders must sometimes be ruthless and public morality is different from private morality.

  • Funmi Olopade

    Funmi Olopade

    Nigerian-American doctor, Funmi Olopade is one of the world’s leading researchers into breast cancer. Her special interest is in women of African descent, who are at higher risk for the more aggressive forms of breast cancer and more likely to develop it younger.

  • Edwidge Danticat

    Edwidge Danticat

    Award winning Haitian novelist Edwidge Danticat, now based in the USA, has won numerous awards for her novels and short stories, talks about how artists can help a country after an earthquake.



    Our Sixty Second Idea to Change the World comes this week from Nigerian cancer specialist Funmi Olopade. Rather than building a hospital or clinic, she prefers a library. Society will undoubtedly be healthier with better educated and more knowledgeable citizens who make good lifestyle choices, and thus become healthier citizens. Ignorance is a disease worse than cancer. Help find the cure!


    Audrey Niffenneger, probably best known for ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ but also author and artist of a new graphic novel that explores the dangerously seductive power of reading. Plus Kenyan activist Ory Okolloh. the creator of the Kenyan eyewitness website that’s taken off around the globe plus one of the world's leading experts in military strategy, Dr Patrick Porter.



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