Month: November 2018

Reinis Jaunais Guitar player

Musical reflections of the world | Reinis Jaunais

Travel and music are two powerful entities in our world. Guitarist Reinis Jaunais is deeply moved by both and expresses his reflections through his music. In this performance, he plays three pieces — one, inspired by the massive mountains of...

Girts Ozolins Noise explorer

Building music. Cable by cable. | Ģirts Ozoliņš

Instruments can open a world of opportunity for creative expression. And when that instrument is a synthesizer, that opportunity becomes nearly limitless. What does it take to open the floodgates of creative exploration? In the mind of Girts Ozolins, it...

Girts Rozenfelds Photographer

Professional photography — a career on track for extinction? | Gatis Rozenfelds

It seems that photographers are simply becoming glorified tripods. Or are they? As cameras become increasingly smart, it begs the question — what, then, is the use of the person standing behind it? Focus and exposure are already automated, and...

Democracy requires a space for conversation – here’s how to make one | Ieva Morica

In a conversation where the goal is to “win”, one emerges victorious, while the other – a loser. This game of right and wrong is a lose-lose situation, and has massive repercussions on the world we live in. Our ability...

Elina Ingelande, IT educator, coding school founder

Coding for kids as a means of creative expression | Elina Ingelande

Programming skills are in high demand, and a career in IT can take you far. However, coding can open the door for more than IT professionals. It can open the door of possibilities to explore all sorts of hobbies. With...

If you thought politics is a circus, think again Mara Pavula

If you thought politics is a circus, think again | Māra Pāvula

Would you say that sometimes political processes can become…a circus? Consider this the next time you want to use this metaphor – in reality, the circus is a tight-knit community of hardworking individuals with a deep trust in one another....

Evija Vēbere performance

The brittle conquest of morning light | Evija Vēbere

Evija Vebere’s performance of two musical pieces embodies the moment before daybreak, the fragile light that emerges from it, and the sun’s struggle to meet the day. With her unique vocal approach, musical layering of both digital and analog instruments,...

Corporate slides have no place in a modern organization Kristaps Pētersons

Corporate slides have no place in a modern organization | Kristaps Pētersons

Corporate presentations and spam mail belong in the same category. There may not be an equal to this time-wasting task of creating meaningless corporate slides. Storytelling technologies and modern methods allow us to keep meeting times down to a minimum,...

Martins-Gulbis-science-conductor

Warning: do try this at home | Mārtiņš Gulbis

Are you willing to wait for someone to spark curiosity in the children in your life? There are many great teachers, but for many children, the science classroom isn’t cutting it. But it doesn’t have to take much to turn...

Christopher-Leake-economist

How to fuel the economic engine of a brain drain-affected country | Christopher Leake

Frustration is high in communities where brain drain has lead to depopulation, an inability to support rural education institutions, and ultimately, to an efficiency gap when compared to urban schools. Without an easy solution in sight, politicians become the target...