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Poverty Needs a New Story

Barry Knight | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Barry Knight

Solutions to poverty have focussed on "doing to" the poor, rather than allowing them to do it for themselves or doing it with them. The poverty lobby needs to shift its mind-set from transactional policies that shift resources to transformational processes that shift power, and work together for a more inclusive model of change.

History Is Repeating Itself, And We Don't Care

David Adamson | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK
David Adamson

Eventually the bubble we are living in will burst. All of the rhetoric, all of the promises, right now represent the will of the people. However, wanting something does not make it happen. Believing in something does not make it true. This will be remembered as the decade when the nostalgia of empire, and the politics of blame and identity, boiled over. I hope we learn something this time.

Young Muslims And The 'Broken Promise' Of Social Mobility

Jacqueline Stevenson | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK
Jacqueline Stevenson

This waste of talent and ability is a disgrace. Our research found that young Muslims are often aspirational, ambitious, hardworking, young people who are often not being given the opportunity to fulfill their potential. It is time for robust and immediate intervention from Government, schools, universities and employers to create an equal playing field.

In A World Where We Can Connect Instantly Around The Globe, We're Losing Touch Of Those Immediately Around Us

Max Chambers | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Max Chambers

As our social media networks grow ever larger, so has loneliness here in the UK. Recent surveys have found as many as three quarters of older people feel lonely and seven out of ten youngsters feel the same way too. In a world where we can be instantly connected with people living on the other side of the globe, we have lost touch with those immediately around us. It's why Nextdoor, the social network for neighbourhoods, is teaming up with Neighbourhood Watch and social cohesion charity The Challenge to launch the Nextdoor Neighbour Pledge.

Could A Devolved Regional Approach Be The Magic Bullet To Tackle Social Mobility In The UK?

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) recently released a new report examining 20 years of government efforts to tackle social mobility in the UK. Cove...

Men's Mental Health: Fighting Back On Both Fronts

Alan Grant | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Grant

For a lot of men, our way of coping with the problems we face is to embrace our manliness, we mock the things that scare us rather than deconstructing them, we create relationships with one another by teasing and engaging in a verbal kind of roughhousing.

Recovering From The Dementia Tax

Anna Dixon | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK
Anna Dixon

The Queen's Speech last month confirmed that social care reform is not dead, thankfully, despite the election debacle over the so-called dementia tax....

Am I A Stranger In My Own Home? Reflections Of A European Student In Post-Brexit Britain

Andrea Carlo | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Andrea Carlo

My ultimate fear is that, in its process of leaving the European Union, the UK will ironically end up more similar to its continental neighbours, and lose what makes it so special. I hope that the country, in having made the decision to detach itself from the continent, does not compromise its identity in order to fit a cliché mould of nationalism.

My Body Beautiful

Kelly Knox | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Knox

everybody banner Growing up I clearly knew my soul chose to incarnate into this body at this time in history for a reason. This is most likely why I have never felt 'disabled'. Like I understood it is only my physical body that is missing a bit. My soul is complete, whole, all powerful and limitless.

Supporting Social Mobility Is Not Just Good For Society - It's Good For Business

Catherine McGuinness | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Catherine McGuinness

Today the Social Mobility Foundation in partnership with the Social Mobility Commission and the City of London Corporation announced the top 50 UK employers who are taking the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace.

A Place For Faith In The Public Square? Grenfell Response Suggests There Is

Daniel Singleton | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

There are many issues which Farron highlights in his speech about how 'liberal society' appears intolerant of different view and beliefs. However, what yesterday shows in part, is that faith can play a positive role in the public square, as long as it is not cramped out by illiberal liberalism.

Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

If Islamophobic hate crime is to be framed by counter-terror and counter-extremism narratives, why is this necessary? What makes Islamophobia exceptional and distinct from other discriminatory phenomena? How does Islamophobic hate crime differ from hate crimes motivated by race, disability or sexual orientation?

What The World Is Teaching My Six Year Old Son About Boobs

Jade Lloyd | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jade Lloyd

My son, like always, tumbled out of school amidst a blizzard of books and sheets of paper. Face smeared with dinner and a toothy grin, his cast off jumper trailed behind him. In his even filthier hand was clutched a crumpled little blue drawing of my partner and me. He doesn't draw often. It was presented with a shy pride in the way that turns my heart to Play-Doh.

Dear Society

Kelly Knox | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Knox

I was not born into this body to be oppressed. I was born into this body to be of service. To help, heal and empower. Shine my light so brightly that you can't ignore me.

Addiction - One Of The Many Causes Of Homelessness

Stephen Fear | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Stephen Fear

The causes of homelessness are many and, despite common belief, not all are associated with the negative causes of excessive use of alcohol and non-prescription drugs. Undoubtably, many people do fall into homelessness because an addiction occurs. The root cause of this addiction isn't usually drugs or alcohol in themselves but more the circumstances that drive a person to need a prop.

Educating Out Prejudice - Just How Tolerant Are We?

Joanne Gray | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Joanne Gray

The play is not asking us to accept bestiality but it forces us to hold up a mirror and look at our own prejudicial weaknesses. Who is to say what is tolerable and what is not? This is accentuated superbly by Martin's own incongruous response to his gay teenage son's sexual preferences, which he finds difficult to comprehend.

What It Means To Be A Man In 2017

Rik Strubel | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rik Strubel

At Axe, we want to shine a spotlight on the dangers of toxic masculinity and destroy the 'Man Box', getting everyone to see that an inclusive model of masculinity benefits men, women, and ultimately, society.

What Growing Up With A Disabled Parent Taught Me About Disability

Anna Gaunt | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

I believe that identifying with the term 'disabled' is a personal choice. But it is important to recognise that there is no right way to be disabled. The disabled community is diverse, as are the lives of those within it.

Why Mental Health Week Is Wrong

Richard Daniel Curtis | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Daniel Curtis

Mental Health Awareness isn't just about a day, a week or even a month, mental health awareness is about a culture. Shoe-horning a culture shift into a week is not giving it the respect it deserves and will not work. What we need is long-term strategies to embed these changes.

Nostalgia For The Future In The Post-Soviet Space

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

When I was little, I used to enjoy singing in a choir. One of the songs we sang went: "The Revolution has a beginning, but the Revolution has no end"....

Investment In UK Grammar Schools Unlikely To Solve Social Mobility Challenge

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

Following Philip Hammond's budget reveal that an extra £320m will be made available to fund an extra 140 new free schools (of which many are likely t...

No Kids? You Must Be Loving It!

Matthew Sanders | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Sanders

The true reason behind not having children is illness related. It just can't happen. Mother Nature decided that cancer and a heart condition shall prevail and the ability to reproduce shall sit in the pile of 'what ifs' for the rest of our days. Even adoption is off the cards for the same reasons.

Why I Have No Life

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Farida Ahmed

This is the story behind the teller. I work 7 days a week. I have four (and a half) jobs. I am an academic mentor at a Sixth Form College, a Private Tutor, a Nanny, a Blogger and a Postgrad Student all in one. Honestly, sometimes it feels like I literally have no life.

The Big Escape: When Isolation Became The Ultimate Liberation Of My 'Gender Duty'

Andrea Sanabria | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Sanabria

Traditionally, according to gender, we are born with certain "unofficial" obligations that may change, of course, from one society to another. Social ...

The Philosophy Of Conservation

Frontier | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK

There are many branches of philosophy, within which an entire web focuses on how we humans think and feel about the natural world. Yet, despite severa...