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 …

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.

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.”

Thursday, 21 February 2013

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.”

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

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.

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?

Ever walked into a party and immediately felt judged?  Or a meeting?  Or a conference?  Or a gathering of someone else’s friends.

As you looked around the room, you somehow knew everyone was thinking about you, “What are they doing here.  They shouldn’t be here, they’re far too …”

Friday, 15 February 2013

Five myths about Divided Britain

The Challenge Network exists to bring people together across lines of difference. We exist to turn Divided Britain into United Britain where people trust each other again.

As I talk to people about what we do, these are the top five myths I encounter.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Words will never hurt me

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

Last year, before being surrounded by bugs in the jungle, Nadine Dorris MP hit the headlines by calling the Prime Minister and the Chancellor, “two posh boys who don’t know the price of milk”.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A Challenge to All Charities

When I’m asked what The Challenge Network does I find it tricky to be succinct.

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