I have a new favourite museum. Tucked away in a quiet little square in central London is a museum that tells the story of one of the most poignant social experiments borne of the industrial revolution - and that may have resonance for today.
The dramatic emergence in recent years of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the American billionaires Giving Pledge
It's been just over six months since the London (and English) riots temporarily turned our streets into a war-zone. I watched my own neighbourhood of Stoke Newington/Dalston resist the violence that flared up in other areas, even though the feeling on the streets was remarkably tense.
There is much of merit in the Prime Minister's speech concerning the riots. His emphasis on morality and questions of 'right and wrong' will resonate with many. However, such rhetoric may be an empty vessel unless based on robust research into the causes of and solutions to the social problems to which he refers. A voice to stand up for democratic freedoms is crucial, but so is a need to work within the society that social workers are part in this country if we are to build together, rather than tear down, supportive state welfare that benefits social, political and economic well-being for all.