Why slow finance will happen here first

Italy gave is the idea of slow food. The USA gave us slow money. It may be that the idea of ‘slow finance’, the title of a book by the fund manager Gervais Williams, may emerge in the UK.

nef’s head of banking and finance, Tony Greenham, is introducing a lecture by Williams next month.

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Is it time for spirituality in business?

The new economics is a kind of journey, asserting, putting into practice, dealing with the side-effects and moving on – and nowhere more than in the business of asserting that spirituality is also an economic concept.

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The economic case against spending cuts is simple - why isn’t Labour making it?

If you’re in a hole, stop digging. It’s generally a sound bit of advice. But as the Coalition’s pit deepens, Eds Ball and Miliband choose precisely this moment to cheer on Osborne’s efforts.

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Free time - but only if you’re rich

Last week hundreds of people turned out for our public lecture on a shorter working week, and the event received widespread media coverage. Interest in the idea of much shorter and more flexible working hours has continued to grow since we published our 21 Hours report just last year. More

Video: About Time - Examining the case for a shorter working week

Last Wednesday nef brought together a panel of three experts to discuss our acclaimed 2010 report 21 Hours. Could a shorter working week be the answer to current social, economic and environmental concerns? Watch or listen again to the full lecture and discussion below.

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A 21 hour working week is long overdue

Originally posted at Left Foot Forward.

At nef we are known for our strong agenda on tackling inequality. Examining the case for a shorter working week needs to be part of this.

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Well-Being: The Common Ground?

Politicians are never afraid to attack an opponent’s policy, even if it’s one they agree on.  So, it’s comforting to see, in the Independent today, that Labour grandee Alastair Campbell is calling for his party to “embrace” the politics of well-being rather than “deride” it. More

Economic fallacies: is it time to work more, or less?

Originally posted at the Guardian Sustainable Business blog.

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Decision Day for HS2: Good for politics – likely a waste of money for the public

The minute you question the High Speed 2 proposal you are assumed to be against it. But like it or not there are legitimate unresolved questions about the real value of the investment. Despite Transport Secretary Justine Greening’s confident declaration this morning, without a more open analysis the mammoth HS2 investment is still a blindfolded gamble.  

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Why competition is the main issue

Originally posted at Liberal Democrat Voice.

One of the many frustrations with our dysfunctional banking system is that we have nowhere else to go unless we want to keep our money under our mattresses.

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