The Power of Why Web Series

The Power of Why Web Series

The Power of Why Web Series


A key aspect of the pedagogy at ISBF is questions. Questions lie at the heart of all academic pursuit and discovery, and our faculty encourage students to inquire incessantly. This is imperative for students to be able to tell the true from the untrue, to challenge the status quo and, in true LSE spirit, to understand the causes of things. To add a new dimension to this endeavour, the ISBF faculty have curated a web video series entitled The Power of Why. It is intended to showcase the might of a seemingly innocuous question and inspire each viewer to ask one. Having been developed to initiate new ISBFians into this spirit of inquiry, the videos exhort them to ask questions even about seemingly commonplace phenomena related to economics, finance and management, and to re-explore them from a fresh perspective. Starting 7th June 2020, one learning video will be released here each Friday for the next 8 weeks. The schedule of videos is appended below. Following each video, participants in the series must complete a related activity, for which they will earn points, win weekly prizes, and compete on the Leaderboard below for a consolidated grand trophy on Orientation Day 2020. May every participant learn, and the most enthusiastic one win!

Schedule for 8 Weeks:



Learning  Theme

(Every Friday)

Week 1


Learning Beyond Grades – A Webinar

Week 2


Language of Numbers – A Video

Week 3


Impact of Covid – A Podcast

Week 4


An Introduction to Social Psychology – A Webinar

Week 5


Stock Market Bubble – A Video

Week 6


i-Alumni Speak

Week 7


Playing with Data- An Activity

Week 8


The Power of Why – Concluding Video

Why participate?

  • Lots of interesting learning, in bite-sized portions.
  • Understand and apply concepts the LSE way.
  • By undertaking activities, every participant will earn some points. Highest scorer of each activity will receive an Amazon gift voucher.
  • At the end of the series, the participant with the highest average points, calculated from the best three activities, will be the overall winner, subject to participation in at least 4 activities.
  • ISBF website leaderboard will reflect the latest rankings based on average points from the best three activities.
  • Top 3 overall winners will receive a trophy and certificate from ISBF’s Dean on Orientation Day!


We are now deep-diving into the journey of inquisitive learning! Your participation has initiated the synchronised cogs of motivation -> action -> winning. The leaderboard at present is presented below (top 5 participants).

RankStudent NameProgrammeAverage Score (%)No. of Activities
1Dhruv GuptaBSc Business & Management92.333337
2Vignesh BalasubramaniamBSc Business & Management91.333337
3Kritika SoniBSc Economics & Finance917
4Archit AsawaBSc Economics84.666677
5Aryan GootyBSc Economics & Finance81.333335



1.The average score in the leaderboard reflects the average score from the best three activities for the top five participants.

2. A student must participate in at least three* activities to be eligible for the overall prize.

*We are now considering at least three activities instead of four to get featured in the leaderboard. Reason behind this change is because the leaderboard ranking is based on the average score of best of three activities.

Buck up board

The Buck up Board reflects the top five participants who have participated in less than 3 activities.

RankStudent NameProgrammeAverage Score (%)No. of Activities
1Devesh AgrawalBSc Economics & Finance961
2Siddhant SinghalBSc Accounting & Finance921
3Jiveetesh SureshkumarBSc Business & Management921
4Akshat GuptaBSc Business & Management901
5Sanjana ShettyBSc Economics802


For all those who find themselves further down in the pecking order or whose names do not appear in either the leaderboard or the buck up board, just remember – “The comeback is always stronger than the setback”. Keep up with the excellent participation as the series unfolds more challenges in the following weeks.