Values

Mum Wars - It's All Just Party Politics

Lucy Griffin-Stiff | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffin-Stiff

We are all entitled to free speech (thank democracy). We have control over what we choose to read, and how we respond to it; and we all have our own set of values to dictate what we feel is appropriate to share.

Dear Would Be Prime Minister - A Challenge From the UK Values Alliance

Miss Deap Khambay | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Miss Deap Khambay

Your party would have us, the voters, believe that your people, plans and policies have clear and distinctive values at their heart. We are currently unconvinced, and sceptical with good cause. Here's why.

Passionate Election Apathy

Helen Sharpe | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Sharpe

Last week a Tory council candidate disparagingly referred to Ed Miliband as 'the Jew', a UKIP MP referred to gay people as A** bandits and the prospect of Boris Johnson running the country was actually being seriously discussed. This week is election week and it is fair to say my loss of faith in the political system is at its highest.

Three Ways to Live More Simply

Sheila Bayliss | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Bayliss

As a mindfulness teacher, it's my job to support others in improving their wellbeing, often through discovering a slower pace of life. So imagine my shock when I realised just how far I'd got sucked into the doing frenzy that our culture seems addicted to.

Real Leadership

David C. M. Carter | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
David C. M. Carter

Working as a CEO mentor for over 18 years now, I have had the privilege of working with a number of truly inspirational 'greats'. The two traits that they all have though, are gravitas and charisma. They know their stuff and they emit an aura - even the shy ones.

Values, Rather Than Goals, Help Us Live a Rich and Meaningful Life

Alexa Frey | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexa Frey

Society reinforces this tendency to strive for a constant state of happiness: Hollywood and fairy tales lead us to believe that happy endings are the ultimate goal, and advertisements tell us that if we only buy this specific product it will make us feel good.

Have the Planets Aligned for Ed Miliband?

Leo Garbutt | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

Over the last century, there have been periods during which one set of commonly accepted values in British politics is replaced by another. This occur...

Why My Mother's Death Made Me Write a Book on Parenting Girls

Judy Reith | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

When my mum died after a long fight with Alzheimer's, grief threw me an opportunity to consider her legacy to me, and my three daughters. A friend said to me, "We all leave our shadow behind". So what is my mum's shadow? What will mine be to my darling daughters so they have what they need to thrive in the modern world?

Give Yourself Permission to Simply Be

Maggie Currie | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

The elation that you feel when you have learned an important lesson, achieved a goal, mastered a new technique or had a big breakthrough can sometimes be met with a period of downtime afterward.

The Struggle for Values - In and Out of the Modern Job Market

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The unemployed are far from valueless - far from the cynical self-serving schemers they are often made out to be. Instead, they have found ways to adapt, to live and to find worth in the world that is theirs at present.

The Warmest Day of Winter: Kindness Day!

Georgina Jones | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Jones

This year, on the Kindness UK website, I have pledged one of the kind acts that I will do for Kindness Day. I'm going to visit a nursing home armed with goodies to give to the residents and I will spend time chatting to them.

From Essex to Manchester, the Ukip Surge Signals the Death Knell of Class-Based Voting

David Evans | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Politics
David Evans

I do not believe that we are seeing the 'End of Politics'. I do, however, believe that we have reached the culmination of a steady, 40-year shift away from class-based voting. The two will feel, to many, like they are very much the same thing. Indeed, if the main parties do not face up to the change that has taken place, they could become so.

Values - Die Inside and Out or Develop Your Love and Business

Anna Roth | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

Ask yourself: Do you want lead a life that makes you die inside and out? Or do you want to grow and develop your love of life and a business that's full of joy? Like Sir Richard Branson mentioned, 'I don't think of work as work and play as play. It's all living'.

There's a Reason Why Supermarkets' 'Value' Ranges Are So Cheap - And It's Got Nothing to Do With Value

Clare Finney | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

No more could the aforementioned baker afford to love baking if he were to sell his loaves at the supermarket price of 75p a loaf. "If this was an industrial bakery," he observed tartly, "we'd employ three or four people and it would be automated."

Kindness: An International Value

Georgina Jones | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Jones

family and friends but also to unite strangers through a value that can be included in every aspect of life. Kind acts do not have to be newsworthy to involve a positive chain and this effect is often present in everyday kindness we see and do like helping a stranger carry their luggage upstairs.

Michael Gove's Quest for British Values in Education

Adrian Hilton | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Adrian Hilton

Perhaps it is time for Ofsted to start assessing schools once again on the extent to which their daily assemblies are 'broadly Christian', and also on the amount of RE which is dedicated to teaching our national Christian history, culture, traditions and values...

Ten Things About Life I'd Want to Tell My Kids Today If I Knew I Was Going to Die Tomorrow

Amanda Alexander | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Alexander

Despite our best intentions, we soon forget about the fragility and preciousness of life and carry on as we always have done, sweating the small stuff! However, one very practical thing we can do, even when we fail to live up to our intentions to "make each moment count" is share with our children the values we hold dearest.

Children - Not Galley Slaves

Hilary Wilce | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Wilce

How I hate the phrase "driving up standards". Every time I hear it, I see primary-age schoolchildren, bent low and sweating over heavy oars, struggling to propel the great ship of education towards some distant, hazy destination that their elders and betters have deemed they must aim for.

What Is Your Personal Version Two?

Jack Kershaw | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Jack Kershaw

Last week I got engaged to be married to Gemma, the love of my life. I'm not saying this as an invite to an engagement party, nor am I fishing for presents. The reasons I'm mentioning it is because it links to one of the secrets of my success.

Tony Benn's Funeral: The Conflict Between Politicians' Words of Praise and Everyday Actions

Matt Hawkins | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

It can sometimes stick in the throat to hear these politicians eulogising about "honour" when they seem so short of it themselves... Nick Clegg praised Tony Benn for being a "fervent defender of what he believed in", seemingly forgetting his own paltry commitment to defend students from a hike in tuition fees.

New Individuals, New Context: The Citizen and the Sharing Society

Jon Alexander | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Jon Alexander

This is a huge era of opportunity. It is now possible for us to work together on a scale never known before to design and create a truly inclusive world. Our shared hope in this working on this piece together is that if we can see this picture, we can seize it.

Say No to Being Anyone But Yourself in 2014

Adele Barlow | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

Ask 5 people to tell you the 10 things they think you're really great at. Paint it loud and proud and don't brush it off. In there lies to the clue to what you'd be good at, and again, you might not be doing it in your day job.

Why I Need Feminism

Paul M. Davies | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Feminism shouldn't be a gendered concern. By this I mean that feminism shouldn't be something that only women care about. As a man, I don't profess to need feminism as much as my female friends. I'm not the one being held back because of my gender, or having obscenities thrown at me in the streets...

The Need for Growth: Why Change Matters Now More Than Ever

Anna Nathanson | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK
Anna Nathanson

A year ago I went along to a three day re-educational seminar called Turning Point, delivered by best selling author and international speaker Dr Rohan Weerasinghe. I was blissfully unaware at the time that my life was about to change for good.

Beyond the Fed - From Federal ShutDown to Start Up

Maite Baron | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Politics
Maite Baron

So America has a Federal Shutdown ... at least partially ... paralysed because those supposedly responsible for leading the country have put egos and self-interest before all else. As a result, more than 800,000 federal workers who thought themselves in safe government jobs are kicking their heels at home, waiting to be called back to work, with no certainty they'll be paid for their enforced layoff.