Numbers and statistics can be used to produce interesting maps and charts but, much more importantly, they can help us understand current and future policy problems. That's the real message here.
I'm sat in a coffee shop on Brick Lane, desperately trying, but failing to be productive. It's a Saturday in April, and the bitterly cold air is heavy with the sort of enticing energy that can only be formed when the scent of roasting beans, and the fulfilled promise of free wifi collide...
I spend a lot of time on public transport and, as any seasoned commuter will tell you, there is an art to enjoying yourself
This changing workforce demographic poses a number of challenges, not only for businesses with travelling employees but also the hotels, airlines, and other travel providers that serve their travel needs.
In my 40+ years in science and technology, it feels as though the pace of technological change has never been faster and wrought more upheaval than now and especially in my own field of electronic communications.
When people complain about the apparent loss of community and kindness, they seem to ignore the good things Generation Y have done; numerous youth-led initiatives, student-run committees in schools across the country, young people working together to create opportunity and equality for everyone.
It's not an over-claim. We're all living through a revolution. The Digital Revolution. But let's not too quickly jump to thoughts of tech. Any new technology is there to make new things possible. Invention is the trigger for what follows.
Contrary to the common portrayal of young women as selfie taking celebrity obsessives, wrestling with self-confidence and body issues, the findings offer an alternative perspective on a generation of girls comfortable in their own skin, driven by opportunity and liberated by technology.
Regardless of age, this is about good old-fashioned manners and I can only hope that once away from the astonished fellow diners, Mum and Dad buried Daughter's phone in the snow or better still, threw it off the highest mountain!
It was fortuitous that Star trek premiered in London on Thursday. Fortuitous because it book-ened a week which started with a tragic factory fire in Bangladesh. A factory producing cheap clothing for global brands sold internationally... today we find ourselves at a crossroads between the world we have always had and (metaphorically) the world of Kirk and Spock.
This morning I got up at 6 o'clock with the baby. I then went straight to the kitchen to begin preparing food for my eight
Many young people now feel as though they have been let down and lied to about their futures, so feel as though there's no point trying any more, and yes some may feel that menial work is below them, but this is a minority.
To paraphrase Plato - austerity is the mother of invention and one invention moving from revolution to movement is the share economy.
I am often asked how we dare preach saving to young people living in debt. I am asked how it is possible that the young-and-broke generation, my generation, can be asked to make even further sacrifices by saving for their future.
But we also have a balance between generations, with four roughly equally sized and culturally quite distinct adult cohorts co-existing - those born pre-1945, baby boomers, gen x and gen y. It's easy to miss this when we discuss our national demographic profile, because we tend to focus on how the population is ageing.
Are we just being spoiled whiners, as older generations would no doubt label us? I'm not so sure. Our parents' generation had a solid understanding of what they were supposed to be doing at every stage of their life, until they hit their fifties and realised it had all been too planned out and they hadn't enjoyed their youth to the fullest.