The Power of Why Web Series

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 LSE stipulates, to understand the causes of things. 

To initiate new ISBFians into this spirit of inquiry, the ISBF faculty have curated The Power of Why series. It is intended to showcase the might of a seemingly innocuous question and inspire each participant to ask one, even about seemingly commonplace phenomena related to economics, management and finance, and to re-explore them from a fresh perspective.

Starting 18 June 2021, one learning exercise will be conducted via video/webinar/workshop on each Friday for the next 8 weeks. Following the learning exercise, participants will be emailed a related activity. Completing the activity will help them earn points, win weekly prizes, and compete on the Leaderboard below for a grand prize on Orientation Day 2021. The schedule for the series is appended below.

May every participant learn, and the most enthusiastic one wins!

Schedule for 9 Weeks:



Learning  Theme

(Every Friday)

Week 1

18 June 2021

Learning vs. Grades – Webinar

Week 2

25 June 2021

Mathematics -The Language of Numbers – Video

Week 3

2 July 2021

Global response to the COVID-19 pandemic – Webinar

Week 4

9 July 2021

Social Psychology – Video

Week 5

16 July 2021

Stock Markets – Video

Week 6

23 July 2021

AlumniSpeak – Webinar

Week 7

30 July 2021

Introduction to Data Analysis using MS Excel – Workshop

Week 8 (Bonus Week)

August 06, 2021

Careers in EMF (Economics, Management and Finance) – Webinar

Week 9

August 13, 2021

The Power of Why – Concluding Video

Why participate?

  • Lots of interesting learning, in bite-sized portions

  • Understand and apply Economics, Management and Finance concepts the LSE way

  • By undertaking activities, every participant will earn some points, and the 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 (activity completion) in at least 4 activities

  • The ISBF website leaderboard will reflect the latest rankings based on average points from the best three activities, on an ongoing basis

  • The top 3 overall winners will receive a grand prize from ISBF’s Dean at the Orientation Ceremony


RankStudent NameProgrammeAverage Score (%)No. of Activities
1MadhumithaBSc (Hons) Economics & Management86.67 9
2Ikshith SajithBSc (Hons) Economics & Finance85.678
3M ThrishalBSc (Hons) Economics & Finance84.678
4Hana NafisBSc (Hons) Economics & Management79.679
5Saniya SalunkeBSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance78.338
RankStudent NameProgrammeAverage Score (%)No. of Activities
1MadhumithaBSc (Hons) Economics & Management86.678
2Ikshith SajithBSc (Hons) Economics & Finance85.677
3M ThrishalBSc (Hons) Economics & Finance84.677
4Hana NafisBSc (Hons) Economics & Management79.678
5Saniya SalunkeBSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance78.337

1. These are only the Top 5 ranked students of the series.
2. The average score in the leaderboard reflects the average score from the best three activities.
3. A student must participate in at least four activities to be eligible for the overall prize.
4. For all students who have completed at least four activities, the average score of the best three activities (as reflected in the leaderboard) will be considered for deciding the overall winner.