Although I would probably, if asked, describe my work at nef as being part of the ‘battle of ideas’, it’s not all that often that I would use the phrase to describe a day in the office. But last week I found myself truly in the thick of it, subjecting my ideas about well-being research to the scrutiny of a conversation with a dedicated opponent. More
The Big Society project seeks to “give increased power to people to solve problems closer to where they live”. Under the current economic climate, meeting housing needs is increasingly difficult for people and governments. More
Following an assessment of children’s services departments in England in 2009, Ofsted has recently reported that one of the defining features of the ten local authorities who were awarded an ‘excellent’ rating – the highest of the four ratings available - was their focus on early intervention and prevention; ‘emerging concerns are identified at an early stage, leading to properly targeted support from a range More
Economics is about counting costs, and the cost to be counted is “opportunity cost,” arguably the most basic concept in economics. It is defined as the next best alternative to the one chosen, in other words, as the best of the sacrificed alternatives. You chose the best alternative, the opportunity cost is the second best, the alternative that you would choose if the best were unavailable. If there were no scarcity, choice would not be necessary, there would be no opportunity cost, and economics would not exist. More
Something is going on out there. More than 80 people have signed up for various training projects for my local Transition Town project in Brixton, which is known in the Transition world as ‘re-skilling’.
In the Great Re-skilling of Lewes project, a whole list of courses at the local library from now until the autumn cover basket-making, quilting and bike maintenance.More