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Some ideas for spreading kindness

June 26th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

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Seminar to celebrate the work of Bob Fryer

June 21st, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Today I attended a seminar at the National Education Union in London to celebrate the work of Professor Bob (Rob) Fryer.  Bob has spent 50 years working in higher and adult education as a teacher, researcher, policy advisor, practitioner and leader in relation to employment, industrial relations, trades unionism and lifelong learning.  The aim of […]

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What are we going to do about the growing challenge of dementia?

April 14th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I have previously done a posting about my participation in a study looking at the health risks which might predict the onset of dementia. The study, conducted by Imperial College in London, is called CHARIOT PRO – a abbreviation for Cognitive Health in Ageing Register: Investigational, Observational, and Trial studies in dementia research: Prospective Readiness […]

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How would a universal basic income actually work?

January 29th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

A new report published today by the Carnegie UK Trust sets out the key questions to be addressed to pave the way for a successful basic income pilot in Scotland.  A basic income is the concept of regular, unconditional payments made to all citizens, regardless of whether they are employed or seeking work. The report, written by […]

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It’s World Kindness Day – so try to be kind today … and always

November 13th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

World Kindness Day is observed internationally on 13 November each year. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations’ kindness NGOs. It is observed in many countries including Britain. It is very easy to be cynical about such events, but the world really needs more kindness and sometimes as […]

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Good work matters – so we should measure it

September 7th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Measuring good work matters. The UK has an excellent record of strong job creation, with each record low unemployment statistics celebrated in the national media. But why do we not have any similar measures for understanding quality of work and how we can make work better? Today the Carnegie UK Trust-RSA Measuring Job Quality Working […]

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Who benefits when improvements in life expectancy grind to a halt?

August 11th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This week, the Office for National Statistics said the UK has experienced one of the largest slowdowns in life expectancy growth among 20 of the world’s leading economies. It confirmed earlier figures that show that, since 2010, Britons’ life expectancy has stopped increasing, with the change most pronounced in women. There is major debate going […]

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Our universities need to start teaching economics differently

August 6th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

“Despite the pressure on universities to feed the financial industry with young, focused minds, there are efforts under way to broaden the outlook of economics graduates. The Core project was adopted by 13 UK universities last September and has won £3.7m from the Economic and Social Research Council. It is an improvement, albeit an incremental […]

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Would a universal basic income really work?

December 26th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

We need some new, big and bold, ideas to tackle poverty and inequality.  I have done an earlier posting about the intriguing idea of a universal basic income.  I don’t know if this approach would work but I think we should try it. There is a trial in Canada; there is a trial in Finland; […]

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My congratulations to Nobel prize winner Richard Thaler

October 10th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

US economist Richard Thaler, one of the founding fathers of behavioural economics, has won this year’s Nobel Prize for Economics. Professor Thaler, of Chicago Booth business school, co-wrote the global best seller “Nudge”, which looked at how people make choices. To mark the award, I reproduce below my review of his seminal book. ************************************************************** “Nudge” […]

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