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Friday, 19 October 2012 17:59

In Praise of Big Society

Gracia McGrath OBE is the CEO of Chance UK. Follow Gracia on Twitter: @ChanceUK Whenever I speak to someone about the Big Society, especially members of the Conservative Party, they often slink away in embarrassment as if I had just said something distasteful. And yet I really don’t understand why – our Big Society is something as one nation we should be really proud of. Last year, even before the shock of the riots had gone away, the Big Society…
Kirsty Hughes is the Chief Executive of Index on Censorship. Listen to Bright Blue blog editor Jonathan Algar in conversation with Kirsy & Mark Stephens about the globalization of political protest at the Institute of Contemporary Arts:
 
The political hue of a government by no means tells you where it will stand on defending freedom of expression when the chips are down. The signals from Cameron and his team so far are mixed but by the end of 2012,…
Friday, 05 October 2012 16:47

Dear Mr. Osborne,

George Buckley is Chief UK Economist at Deutsche Bank. He writes in a personal capacity. Follow George on Twitter: @georgebuckley Something odd has been happening in the UK economy. Normally, when output contracts as much as it did in the 2008-09 recession - and for that matter recovers as weakly as it has done since - you'd expect unemployment to rise and employment to fall sharply. Well, the unemployment rate is certainly higher and employment lower than when the crisis…
Friday, 28 September 2012 16:42

The Antarctic matters to us all

Neil Carmichael is the Member of Member of Parliament for Stroud and sponsor of the Antarctic Bill 2012-13. Thirty years ago, we successfully reclaimed the Falklands, reaffirmed our sovereignty over the territory and began to strengthen our ‘presence’ in the region. Throughout the 1980s, measures were taken to enhance our military capacity in the South Atlantic in terms of providing sufficient deterrence against further aggression and - less well known but just as significant - investments were also made to…
Sarah Fink is the Digital Government Research Fellow at the think tank Policy Exchange and the author of the report 'Simple Things, Done Well: Making Practical Progress on Digital Inclusion'. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @SarahFinkPX If the Government plans to benefit from online public services, it's time to get serious about getting people online. Recent research from Policy Exchange points a way forward. As the Government transitions to a "digital-by-default" delivery of public services, they are faced with the challenge…
Patrick Shine is lead partner of The Shaftesbury Partnership. One of the thorniest issues for any government policy that relies upon engagement from civil society and in particular the delivery of public services through voluntary and community organisations is the role of the faith sector. No one who is an active citizen can fail to recognise the role that people of faith play in communities, and in some sectors such as criminal justice or homelessness faith based organisations are especially…
Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Bringing the Big Society to life

Alan Mak is President of Magic Breakfast and Chairman of Conservative Fastrack. He was a London2012 Olympic Torchbearer. He writes in a personal capacity. Follow Alan on Twitter: @AlanMakUK Promisingly for the Government this week the World Economic Forum ranked Britain 8th in the world in its Global Competitiveness Report. This is up two places from last year and ahead of all but two G8 countries. Economic recovery is certainly good news for everyone, but as we build a stronger…
Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

Back to basics on creating growth

Shiv Malik is a reporter for the Guardian, co-author of Jilted Generation: How Britain has Bankrupted its Youth, and co-founder of Intergenerational Foundation. Follow Shiv on Twitter: @shivmalik1 Listen to Bright Blue blog editor Jonathan Algar in conversation with Shiv & Borja Bergareche (London Correspondent, ABC Newspaper) at the Royal Institute of International Affairs:
 
Growth. That all elusive beast whose lack of presence has haunted the chancellor since taking office in 2010. For all Mr Osborne's plans, he's had…
Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

Democracy and Financial Capitalism

Robert J. Shiller is Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics at Yale University and a Fellow at the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management. His latest book, Finance and the Good Society, was published in April 2012 by Princeton University Press. Listen to Bright Blue blog editor Jonathan Algar in conversation with Robert at the Henry Jackson Society:
 
The Occupy Wall Street, Occupy London and related movements around the world have described the current economic…
Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

Progressive politics in a G-Zero World

Ian Bremmer is president of Eurasia Group and author of Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World. Follow Ian on Twitter: @ianbremmer Listen to Bright Blue blog editor Jonathan Algar in conversation with Ian at the Royal Institute of International Affairs:
 
Today, we have a leadership vacuum unprecedented since the aftermath of World War II. Europe’s leaders have their hands full with a severe crisis of confidence, US policymakers are grappling with politically complicated long-term…

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