An Englishman and Pole meet. In fact they go on National Citizen Service run by The Challenge Network.Through the intense shared experiences, they build a bond of trust.
In the early 90s, Mr Brooks was my secondary school English teacher. In between teaching Macbeth and Wuthering Heights, he would tell us about a friend who had grown up in apartheid South Africa but now lived in London. Once a week, this friend would go to the local primary…
Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Apocalypse how?

I was never that worried about the environment. I knew there were problems. But I figured that we’d faced environmental problems before and we’d always found a way through. I reassured myself that we hadn’t wiped ourselves out before by messing up the environment.
If we want to have excellent vocational training and apprenticeships, we need some leaders who chose the non-university route. Or at least know well some people who did. Unfortunately most of our political leaders have taken the uni-route. And so will most of their other halves …
When The Challenge Network talks about the need to built a united country where people from different backgrounds come together, some assume we’re just talking about ensuring immigrants speak English.We’re not.
Thursday, 28 February 2013

How do we bring people together?

The Challenge Network brings people from different backgrounds together. Key to this is building clubs and institutions that people want to join. Over the last 50 years, the institutions which connected us have declined – whether places of worship, local markets, trade unions or local clubs and societies. Our aim…
We know that the UK is becoming segregated – by income, age and ethnicity. We know because of the research – an OECD report last year showed that our schools were among the most segregated in the rich world*. And many of us know by experience – our friends are…
Want to get a job?  Make friends with employed people.  Researchers in Germany have found that every employed close friend increases your chance of finding work by 4% and your likely salary by 6%*.   How can this be?  I’ve never been asked at interview whether my friends are employed.…
We know that Britain is socially divided with one of the most segregated school systems in the rich world.But why should this matter to you? Here’s 5 reasons why it affects you.1. You want a fairer country.When people don’t understand each other, it’s very hard for politicians to propose a…
45 years ago this April, a British MP gave a speech that would define him, end his career and change our debate about immigration.Enoch Powell was the MP and this is what he said, “[When I look at the level of immigration] I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman,…
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