The Spur Questionnaire: Kaleem Hawa

Kaleem Hawa
Kaleem Hawa

Tell us about your role with Spur.
I really enjoyed being a participant in Spur this year as an RBC Emerging Scholar. This award afforded me the opportunity to attend a variety of fascinating sessions on how interconnectivity in our modern polity has produced a host of new challenges for how we engage with our world and how we interact with one another.

In the last year, what is the longest you have gone ‘unplugged’?
A few hours.

Which book is currently on your nightstand?
Henry Kissinger’s On China. Why? Because it has become increasingly important to know about this emergent superpower and I would like to learn more about its history, politics, and culture.

What is the one item you never leave home without?
Sadly, a cellphone.

Do you have any friends you have never met in person?

Do you have a favourite podcast?
The Economist podcasts are incredibly informative and great ways to pass the time while commuting to work.

Who was the last person you texted?
My mother. She expects me to keep in touch at least once daily.

The animated show The Jetsons was set in 2062. Is there anything from their futuristic world that you wish were a current reality?
Teleportation would be the most obvious answer—it would have the ability to save money and time for citizens all over the world; it would make connecting with friends and family abroad far easier; it would modernize supply chains for medicines and food to the developing world; and it would make leisure travel simple and rewarding.

How do you prefer to communicate with colleagues: by phone, email, text or in person? How do you prefer to communicate with friends?
In-person is the ideal for all cases but is not always feasible. Email and phone calls are preferred for colleagues. Text messages / Facebook messages are preferred for friends.

What do you love about the city in which you live?
The sense of having a small community in the midst of an urban metropolis.

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