Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:27

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 is to build new institutions for the 21st Century.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:55

Why is the UK segregating when we get on ok?

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 mostly like us by income, age and ethnicity.

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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.  There are three reasons the researchers think this works.  

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Monday, 25 February 2013 13:50

Five Ways ‘Divided Britain’ Affects You.

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 fair way forward.

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Nearly 1,400 young people took part in ‘The Big Festival’. A total of 15 festivals were held during half term across London, Surrey, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. The aim of the festivals was to use art and music to bring local people together and provide an opportunity to signpost our young people towards volunteering and social action opportunities within their local area.  

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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, I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood.”

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Mancunian Matters, 22/02/2013

A national refugee charity is calling on Mancunians to spice up their cooking and celebrate the city’s migrant communities in aid of World Food Night tonight.

With Manchester having the largest number of refugees in the country, Refugee Action hopes people will take to their kitchens this evening to cook up a recipe for change. Celebrity Chef Levi Roots – who strummed his way to £50,000 worth of investment in the BBC series Dragon’s Den – hailed the event.

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Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:54

Who’s ‘not your type of people’

About 4 years ago, David Cameron told Desert Island Discs that his favourite band was ‘The Smiths’.

Yesterday, Jonny Marr, one of the founding members of the band was on the radio. He made clear he didn’t like the PM’s politics very much and then said a rather odd thing, “He shouldn’t like us because we’re not his type of people.”

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 09:27

Youth Culture – good or bad?

Mods, Rockers, Punk, Emos – every generation of young people since the 1960s have had their own sub-culture with distinct music, language and dress.

Sub-cultures are at their strongest where groups feel unwelcomed by the majority. The immigrant Irish community in the 19th century, the gay community at the end of the 20th, the Arab Christian community in the 21st.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:05

10 ways to make our Schools less segregated

Our schools are more divided by income and ethnicity than any other rich country.  This should worry us.  It means we are failing to prepare our children for living in modern Britain.  So what can be done about it.  What would you do?

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