Seal the Deal in Copenhagen

Seal the Deal in Copenhagen

The UN Climate Change Conference 2009 is being held in Copenhagen in December. Seal the Deal is their campaign to get collective agreements on environmental issues. There are two actions individuals can take: 1. Sign the petition The world urges world leaders to:Seal the Deal at COP 15 on a climate agreement that is definitive, […]

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Malcolm Gladwell on Overconfidence

Malcolm Gladwell on Overconfidence

I am big fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s work, as is my daughter Hannah, and a number of people in my MA class, so we went down to see him speak at the Brighton Dome on Tuesday night. MG decided to talk about ‘overconfidence’ instead of taking any extracts from his existing books – which was […]

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Embracing the Wide Sky

Embracing the Wide Sky

Is it bad form to dip into books that you buy as gifts for other people? Probably. Never mind, I couldn’t resist. Embracing the Wide Sky is the second book by amazing Daniel Tammet, who is ‘a high-functioning autistic savant gifted with a facility for mathematical and natural language learning’. I read a fascinating interview […]

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Relationships are the only thing that matters

For the first time, a journalist, Joshua Wolshenk, has been given access to the archives of one of the most comprehensive longitutudinal studies in history. For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. […]

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Emotions and the Web

  MediaSnackers are putting together an exciting new project looking at how people (aged 13 – 19)feel online.  Although it is not live yet I am so interested to see how it will work, as emotions, the web, and networks is a particular interest of mine.  I also like the fact that MediaSnackers isn’t approaching this […]

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Consumers Drive Corporate Responsibility

Consumers Drive Corporate Responsibility

We have talked about it for a long time – consumers using their purchasing power, or more correctly their purchasing discernment, to motivate companies to make more ethical and greener products, and to put more back into communities. But the dynamics are shifting rapidly – the primary drives that I can see are: – economic […]

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Measuring Wellbeing – Campaign Launch by NEF

  The New Economics Foundation launched a new website this month called National Accounts of Well-being. As well as being able to look at research data into wellbeing, you can also measure your own, and support their campaign for increased measurement and accountability by government on wellbeing. The research published today ranked the UK as the 6th happiest in […]

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Happiness in Social Networks

Happiness in Social Networks

Last month Professor Nicholas Chistakis (Harvard University) and Associate Professor James Folwer (University of California) published the analysis of their research into the spread of happiness in social networks. This study is one of those rather remarkable pieces of research which followed nearly 5000 individuals for 20 years – 1983 to 2003. Those 5000 individuals […]

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The Invisible People

Lloyd Davis shot this short video on the 15 October 2008. Shocking isn’t it? We know it happens all the time, but Lloyd’s film really highlighted how much we really ignore the homelessness issue. I was reminded of this film when I was sent a link to Invisible People, which interviews homeless people and posts […]

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The New Optimists

The New Optimists

I have been thrilled to the very core by the inspiring words written recently on **Optimism** by two fantastic people. Optimist No 1 is Alex Steffen – World Changing Alex starts his important article in Good of 31 December by stressing the seriousness of the world’s current crisis: “We are at a moment unique in […]

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Loneliness

Loneliness

  Yesterday the BBC published their commissioned report  Changing UK which says that analysing the census data going back 30 years reveals the people in the UK are now much less rooted in their local neighbourhood. London was revealed as the ‘most lonely in UK’ ‘Researchers put this down to the high concentration of unmarried adults, […]

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