On Tuesday 14th July, Oxford10 was joined by Dr. Lennart Brand (D.Phil., St. John’s College, 2004), Managing Director of the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin, for a live virtual talk on the subject of “Exponential Technologies and Values – A Tale of Chickens and Eggs”. Dr. Brand’s talk pivoted upon the notion that as we move into an era of exponential technological development, including the continued progression of AI, ethical standards that were once considered inviolable may no longer be fit for purpose. By maintaining an openness to and awareness of a newly emerging ethical paradigm, we may be in a better position to respond to the certain influx of changes ahead. In just 30 minutes Dr. Brand’s discussion touched on subjects ranging from self-driving cars to eugenics, and on writers as diverse as 18th century historian Oswald Spengler and the contemporary science fiction author Leif Randt.
Dr. Brand’s talk was followed by a stimulating Q&A session in which members explored further ways the discussion impinged on ethical issues in society. We’d like to thank Dr. Brand for sharing his valuable time with us, and for providing all of us with a thought-provoking thesis, inspiring many more questions for consideration.
This week, we welcomed Oxford10 members from around the world – London, Toronto, Florida, and LA – for a virtual cooking masterclass led by our Vice-President, Maggie Ewen!
Despite being miles apart, we did our shopping for ingredients beforehand, and came prepared to cook up a storm. On the menu this evening was a summer salad, salmon for the main course, and no-bake cookies for dessert.
Freed from the terrifying prospect of Gordon Ramsay chucking our food in the bin or demanding our white apron, this was a much more pleasant cooking session than the typical Masterchef experience.
Good food demands good company, and it was a great chance to meet up, chat, and enjoy some home-cooked food, maybe with some wine on the side.
Have a look at some photos below, and do join us for our next virtual events, wherever in the world you may be!
Earlier this month, Oxford10 held a virtual movie night using the Netflix Party plug-in. We spent an evening watching ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ together, an American spy thriller starring the likes of Henry Cavill and Alicia Vikander.
For some, this was their first joint-viewing experience, while for other veterans of the new COVID-19 normal, they knew exactly what to expect. Either way, we all had a roaring time, chatting about the plot as it unfolded.
If you missed it, do join us for our next event, which is a joint cook-along session. We’ll all attempt to cook the same dish at the same time (think Masterchef, but without the threat of elimination!) Event details to follow shortly.
VC Insights: “What to look for in an Investor” Phoebe Arkell will be discussing fundraising and pitching during COVID-19 as well as what startups should look for when bringing in a new investor.
Startup Pitch by Aran Bates EO and Co-Founder of Hydrologiq
The Speakers Paula Skokowski is the Chief Marketing Officer of Incognia and a Manager at the Oxford Angel Fund. She is on the Executive Board of the Oxford Entrepreneurs Network. James Khan is a Director & Global Architecture Lead of UBS Investment Bank Research. He is the President of Oxford10 and part of the Committee of the OEUK Chapter. Phoebe Arkell is a Principal at Rooks Nest Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in London. She has previously worked in innovation, consultancy, and operations. Aran Bates is CEO and Co-Founder of Hydrologiq, a company helping to provide off-grid electricity powered by hydrogen. He previously founded his own digital start-up, launched new ventures inside of existing multinational businesses, and advised some of the world’s largest corporates on Innovation Excellence.
We’re sharing a message to the broader Oxford alumni community, penned by Christine Fairchild, Director of Alumni Relations, addressing recent social events in the US and worldwide.
17 June 2020
Dear Oxford alumni,
We have all been deeply moved by the shocking truth of George Floyd’s recent killing. The protests associated with the events in Minneapolis have echoed across the world and filled our TV screens, whilst the streets of London, Bristol, Manchester, Oxford and beyond have been occupied with the voices of people demanding change.
The University’s leaders have been acknowledging the impact of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests and has reaffirmed its commitments to anti-racism, but more importantly they have been engaging with, and listening to, students and staff. I write to you today to share the University’s statement on anti-racism published on Monday, which contains links to various open and detailed letters back to students about their concerns, demonstrating our commitment as an institution to shine a bright light for a more just and tolerant society, and laying out a number of actions, including:
Launching a University fundraising initiative for scholarships for black students.
Using a University-wide consultation on our Racial Equality Charter to review our progress and targets, whilst also undertaking a review of all our Equality and Diversity training.
Setting up an access track to meet the specific needs of BAME students wishing to apply to Oxford.
Supporting targeted initiatives led by individual colleges and departments.
Over the coming months, we will do our best to keep you informed of the progress made on these; we know that there is a great deal of work to do.
This comes with our best wishes and more importantly, our commitment to supporting a culture of acceptance and respect.
Christine Fairchild Director of Alumni Relations
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