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 …
Wednesday, 23 January 2013

What you can learn from a 2 year old

My eldest daughter is 3 next week. While there are a lot of things I wouldn’t ask Chloe to teach me (eating tidily, toilet usage, pronouncing certain long words), there are two things I’ve recently learnt.

1. It’s Easier to Spot Differences than Similarities

Thursday, 24 January 2013

What Europe Says About ‘Us’

Turns out no-one really likes the EU.

But why not? Why do we care whether some random unpopular people in Brussels decide things or some random unpopular people in London?

Friday, 25 January 2013

The Britain of 2030

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future” [Yogi Berra]

My oldest child Chloe is 3. When she turns 20, Britain will be

“I know you’re worried that people from different generations don’t really meet any more.”

“That’s right”

“But you must see there are more important things.”

“Like?”

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Old Boys Network

If I want to find a book, I go online. A film … online. A holiday … online.

A job?

Online?

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

What if diversity makes us miserable?

A happy attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” [Herm Albright, 1876 – 1944]

So what really makes you happy?

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Young people are like Elephants

A recent survey* suggested that almost half of all adults thought young people were “angry, violent and abusive”

The dividing lines in our country across incomes, ethnicities and age damage the most vulnerable the most.

Young people from low income families suffer in particular. To build a fairer Britain, we need these children to make friends with high aspirations.

“Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward regeneration.” [George Orwell]

Words matters.

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Young People need You

“It takes a village to raise a child” [Old African proverb]

Whenever I say that The Challenge Network connects people in a diverse society, people think I’m talking about race.

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