30 July 2013
This morning I walked over Millennium bridge on my way to work.  On the middle of the bridge, a guy was handing out some flyers …
15 July 2013
Last week, Katie Hopkins stirred up much hatred across the country for admitting she wouldn’t like her children to play with kids …
12 July 2013
This summer over 14,000 young people will take part in NCS powered by The Challenge. For 15-17 year olds across the country, NCS …
05 July 2013
From 20th century Cold War espionage to last month’s PRISM story, spying has remained a well-established practice within our …
03 July 2013
This is a story of a game for two people. The game is called the Ultimatum game. It works like this.The first person is the …
28 June 2013
My eldest daughter is three years old. I like to think I know most of what is going on in her life. But whenever her grandmother …
27 June 2013
My eldest daughter is three years old. I like to think I know most of what is going on in her life. But whenever her grandmother …
26 June 2013
My eldest daughter is three years old. I like to think I know most of what is going on in her life. But whenever her grandmother …
21 June 2013
We believe integration policy really matters. People aged under 55 living in the UK trust their neighbours less than in any other …
20 June 2013
We believe integration policy really matters. People aged under 55 living in the UK trust their neighbours less than in any other …
Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The state of our roads

Recently, a lot has been said about the poor state of Britain’s roads, with over a third of drivers rating the condition of their local roads as poor, very poor or terrible.*

The interesting thing about roads is that we all notice when they are damaged, but very few of us get excited about road building and maintenance: it’s hard to get passionate about that.

There are many great lessons to be learned from children’s literature. ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr is one such book. Published over 40 years ago, the story illustrates some uncomfortable truths about the cost of integration.

A few years ago I lived in Gaza – where segregation is the norm. It is a day to day experience with walls and borders there to remind you.

Attempts to cross from Gaza into Israel are met frequently with no’s, rejections and ‘come back tomorrow’s. Sitting on the closed border at Rafah was a shock to me – the incredibly lucky owner of a British passport. Until that day I’d never been told ‘no’.

There is a housing crisis in parts of the country. It’s a problem that could easily increase tension between older and younger generations.

While young people struggle to have enough money to rent or buy, much older people are living increasingly isolated lives in houses that are too large for them to look after.

Liberal Conspiracy, 12/03/2013

The debate about the 600,000 white Brits who left London in the last decade shows how broken our thinking on integration is. The debate has been dominated by right-wing commentators in despair and left-wing commentators in denial. It is time for some new thinking.

The right-wing commentators have been predictable. For them, this ‘white flight’ is proof that multiculturalism is a terrible idea, immigration is all bad and the only answer is to close the borders. Even for someone who accepts the analysis, this is idealist nonsense.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Stat of the Day

You are eight times more likely to find that the majority of your friends are unemployed if you yourself are unemployed.

That’s what a socially divided country looks like.

Make a list of meaningless phrases and pretty soon you have the modern language of managers and politicians the world over:’utilise’ (how about ‘use’?),  ‘going forward’ (rather than what?!), ‘circle back’ (why not go straight?), ‘synergise’ (who knows?).

As this language has grown up, it has displaced another: a language meant for humans not spreadsheets. It can be found in every language and nation, but in english it sounds like this: mercy, forgiveness, hope, grace, humility, kindness, generosity, goodness.

Friday, 08 March 2013

In praise of gangs

Over the last half-century, we have taken part in a nationwide experiment.
50 years ago, lots of Brits were in gangs. Well – groups anyway. Groups that met regularly and where people from different incomes and generations would meet.  

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.

We are pleased to announce that a team of our young people from Ealing are the regional winners of the vInspired ‘Most Outstanding NCS’ award. The group created the winning campaign during their time on the 2012 programme.

The focus of their campaign was free travel for university students; a topic which the group feel strongly about.

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