As 2016 is drawing to a close, the Jupital has reflected upon memorable events, which may have innovated or motivated 2016, and notable public figures (British and international) who aimed to make a productive contribution to the world in 2016.
An American lawyer, writer and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has campaigned in 2016 (amongst other causes) for girls’ education around the world. “Let Girls Learn” is an initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls attain a quality education and empowering them to reach their full potential. Alongside her, the Jupital nominates Boris Johnson, former Mayor of London, who led the British capital for 8 years. Presently serving as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, he seems to have actively supported the Leave campaign and may have motivate many individuals who might have been on the fence over the EU referendum to side with the Leave vote.
An individual who may have taken vast and demanding responsibilities this year was Theresa May who stepped into the role of Prime Minister after David Cameron resigned. To be placed into a demanding role such as Prime Minister and aim to work at structuring a situation such as Brexit may be a commending civic act. Another noteworthy public figure in 2016 was Gina Miller, the British businesswoman who initiated and won the R (Miller and Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union questioning the British Government over its authority to implement Brexit without approval from the Parliament.
In terms of entertainment, the Jupital nominates Pokemon Go as an innovative idea, which evolved the face of mobile gaming and augmented reality in 2016. Aside from being a worldwide phenomenon, its impact brought the concept to contemporary audiences, reaching beyond dedicated gamers and Pokemon fans. An idea which may have marked a leap in innovation in 2016 and a new frontier for interactive media is Virtual Reality. VR headsets appear to have seen a resurgence in 2016 with HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift.
Singer Adele receives a nomination for making a comeback after being away from the industry for 5 years and aiming to delight fans with her music with a seemingly genuine attitude. the Jupital offers a distinct recognition to David Bowie for his life accomplishments and for aiming to help people all around the globe make sense of the world. In his final weeks, he released Black Star, thus offering his fans the opportunity to continue experiencing his work.
On the sports front, following his run to winning the 2016 Paris Masters, Andy Murray ascended to World’s Number One on November 7th, 2016. In doing so, he became the first player to win Grand Slam, ATP World Tours Finals, Olympic Games and Masters 1000 titles in the same calendar year. 2016 seems to have also been a remarkable year for Simone Biles, Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist. Having won a combined total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, she is the most decorated American gymnast.
Bournemouth’s manager, Eddie Howe, appears to have had a successful year by staying loyal to his club and masterminding the club’s seemingly accomplished debut season in the EPL. His 2016 performance may have enabled him to become a candidate for the England job and earned him a nomination for English manager of the year. the Jupital also recognises the medical team who successfully separated the heads of conjoined twins Jadon and Anais McDonald, on October 14th, after a 27-hours pioneering surgery.
And the final nomination goes to Bana Alabed, the 7-year old Syrian girl who live-tweeted from Aleppo while the city was under siege, pleading with the world leaders for a safe resolution on eastern Aleppo.
The year of music, Brexit, US presidential elections, Rio Olympics, 2016 may be regarded as a year of political, social and economic changes, offering the world an opportunity to find an anchor and readjust in the New Year. While 2016 finalises, it’s over to 2017 which may bring on new changes, opportunities and stability.
What other individuals and events have made a productive contribution to the world in 2016?