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A Lesson for Our Generation

Tess Young | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Tess Young

Even though it's unclear when the dust will settle and what good can come of this, it's an obvious but important thing to do is to calmly continue to work hard in what we believe in. We should reach out to our neighbours, listen to those who feel differently, speak up to be heard, be kind and compassionate, and strive for union wherever we are.

British LGBT+ People Are Still Lying About Who They Are.

Rhammel Afflick | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rhammel Afflick

Anyone who thinks we're done can take several seats. We still have so much stand up to here in the UK, abroad and within our own community. When the trans community is having to stand up for what most people would consider basic rights, the black community is still the target of extraordinary amounts of racism, women are still mistreated, and internalised homophobia means we're still really obsessed with masculinity and heteronormativity I think it's quite clear we're far from done.

What Communities Are You Part Of?

Brad Frankel | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Brad Frankel

I wrote this a while back but it seemed very apt to publish it today - I wonder how the EU referendum will change and shape the communities that we're...

Why Architecture Should Matter to All of Us

Simone de Gale | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Simone de Gale

This month London is holding its Festival of Architecture, an annual event that celebrates the city as a global hub of architectural experimentation, ...

Whatever Happened to co-production?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Do you remember the Big Society, the ambition where the state would be rolled back and every effort would be made to engage people, neighbourhoods and organisations in a way that would build social capital? The means of doing this would be co-production. But where has this intention gone?

An Open Letter to the Orlando Shooter

Sophie Pope | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

You're a criminal and a coward, and your crime has shocked the world to its core. But we refuse to break in the face of what you have done. The people who died because of you will be honoured as we stand together for justice.

Why Volunteer?

Wendy Kirkman | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Wendy Kirkman

Today I want to tell you of my experiences in volunteering and maybe to encourage you to consider this for yourself. I have no qualifications to speak...

Beyond Narco-Trafficking: The Lessons of Medellín

Daniel Hooton | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Daniel Hooton

Medellín's transformation isn't the standard story of better policing and security, working to isolate dangerous individuals. At its core, it represents a fundamental partnership between local authorities and the communities they serve and represent.

LDN - An International City at the Top of Its Game?

Sam Tidswell-Norrish | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Sam Tidswell-Norrish

Recently, I read of a story about an African man who had been detained in prison in London's Wormwood Scrubs for a short period while his immigration ...

We Need to Become Hate-Conscious: Reviewing Qasim Rashid's 'Talk to Me'

Umar Nasser | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Umar Nasser

I imagine myself sitting in a New York theatre, one with velvet red curtains and a single microphone occupying the stage. Qasim Rashid walks out from ...

Londoners Won by Rejecting 'Dog Whistle' and Fear Politics

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Sadiq Khan, son of a bus driver brought up in a Council house and a political underdog from Muslim background, has won the London Mayoral election, am...

Punished for Your Age

Beth Britton | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

How we move the agenda beyond seeing a person through the prism of their age is something that I fear will be a long hard road to tread. Older people are seen by many younger people as an unnecessary drain on public resources, while at the same time many older people who want to contribute more to society are restricted from doing so by ageist policies and practices.

Should the Sharing Economy Ever Be for Profit?

Eleanor Moss | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Eleanor Moss

There is lot of contention surrounding the term 'sharing economy', with Uber and Airbnb at the centre. Many argue that the term has been strapped onto...

Parkrunners! Unite and Take Over

Sam Larcombe | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Sam Larcombe

I am slightly stunned that this council has voted this plan through but I feel this is a small example of the country's problems at large. Just as this council seek to sacrifice a genuine force for good at the alter of finance, the Prime Minister sought to cut disabilities benefits with one hand and take tax free gifts with the other...

Enough of the Stats, I'll Be Voting to Stay in the EU on Principle

Kate Delaney | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Kate Delaney

This is an amazing chance for everyone, from either side of the debate, to have a say and send a strong message, to not only Europe but the whole world, about what the British people value the most. So I will be voting to remain in the European Union this June. I hope you use your principles to guide you and do the same.

Time Flies - Are You Using It Wisely?

Brad Frankel | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brad Frankel

We've become a generation of home bods, we sit in our homes, flick through 900 channels and end up playing on our phones looking through Facebook, Instagram or playing words with friends, and god knows what other apps. What happened to actually playing scrabble with your friends...in person...at a table?

My Son Maxwell

Molly Macleod | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents
Molly Macleod

With a pre-natal diagnosis for Down's syndrome we were expecting Maxwell...or actually, we thought we knew what to expect. The reality of the last two years has probably been as far removed from those early expectations as any of us could imagine.

Small Is Beautiful: How Community-Led Development Could Help Beat The Housing Crisis

Tony Armstrong | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Armstrong

Last week's budget announcement was peppered with George Osborne's new catchphrase - long-term solutions to long-term problems are needed, he repeatedly said.

My Love Letter To Twitter, On Its Tenth Birthday

Daniel Welsh | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Tech
Daniel Welsh

For some reason, even though online dating has become so accepted it's practically blasé, people can still often be dismissive of friendships forged online, as if they're somehow less valuable or meaningful than friendships that stemmed from working on the till opposite someone at Tesco 15 years ago.

Man With Terminal Cancer 'Overwhelmed' After Strangers Raise Thousands For Wedding

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A man with incurable cancer has been left "overwhelmed" after generous strangers raised thousands to help him afford the wedding of his dreams. Jamie ...

Learning From Waste-Picking Publishers in Latin America

Lucy Bell | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Lucy Bell

In the UK, we have a history of treating so-called 'developing' and even 'newly industrialized countries' as charity cases, regarding places that are ...

Surprised That Faith Has Been Endorsed by a Health Minister?

Daniel Singleton | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

"Faith reaches people when nothing else can," he said. I agree. As he developed his theme of faith's reach and endurance he focused not only on those suffering with ill-health but also on their carers - so often drawn from and supported by faith communities, even if the support is simply listening over a cup of tea.

People Reveal Their Biggest Achievements In Life (And It's Emotional)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

What have you done that's made you feel really proud of yourself? One internet user 'Redditor_Reddit' pitched the question to the masses and the re...

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Inspiring Interview With the Global Crop Diversity Trust

Frontier | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Frontier

Given the colourful clamour of bright and shiny food packaging on supermarket shelves, not to mention the influx of superfoods to hit the market, we c...

The Homeless Period: Breaking the Silence for Women Without The Tools to Get Through Their Period.

Keely Thorne | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Keely Thorne

The support so far has meant that our donations can do more than provide a short term fix to the problem, but rather we are being able to present shelters with long term supplies of care packages, so that women who otherwise struggled can now plan ahead and equip themselves fully when it comes to this critical aspect of their health.