Violence is escalating against Indigenous land defenders in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.
We find that too often, the discussions surrounding the world’s most pressing issues are bogged down with overly academic jargon and reserved only for the elite. This exclusionary nature of international relations creates a major barrier to gaining a comprehensive understanding of the challenges we face and silences the voices we should be listening to the most. The world is becoming increasingly complex and globalization has magnified many of our problems, from nuclear weapons to trade wars to environmental destruction. This means that it’s more important than ever for us to be informed about what’s happening in the world so that we can adequately address these crises.
Spheres of Influence hopes to break down these barriers and include more people in the conversation by explaining and analyzing issues in global affairs in an accessible and engaging way. One does not need a university degree or a background in international relations to understand and engage with our work. We also aim to provide a platform for youth from across the globe to gain meaningful experience and voice their perspectives. In doing so, we work to amplify the voices of a diverse range of future global leaders and changemakers.
Spheres of Influence is rooted in the idea that discussions of international relations shouldn’t be exclusively available in sophisticated vocabulary and academic terms. This website is a space for information that is expressed in understandable language. We also structure our take on topics seeped in historical complexities in an explanatory way. In doing so we aim to make our content as accessible as possible to our readers.
Passing the mic
We believe in the inherent validity of voices. While academic and professional achievements are incredible pursuits that we celebrate, our voices being heard shouldn’t depend on them. Lived experience, personal interest, and authentic expression inform perspectives that better our society. We’re building a space where we can learn about our shared community from contributors who themselves come from diverse backgrounds.
We hold accountability to the highest regard with all the work we do. This means that we wish to use journalism as a tool to hold parties accountable for their actions and also give our readers actionable options to re-affirm international responsibilities. This also means holding ourselves accountable. We acknowledge that our perspective can not be rid of bias and take accountability for our inherent subjectivity in our work.