Can changing the accounting system make a difference?

Some time ago Tim Harford commented that ‘Money (whether pounds or Brixton Bricks) isn’t wealth. More

If Iain Duncan Smith really cares about prevention he should focus on economic inequality

Iain Duncan Smith wants to shift more investment upstream to prevent harm before it happens, instead of spending money picking up the pieces after things have gone wrong. An excellent idea. When public resources are increasingly scarce, it becomes all the more urgent to spend wisely and avoid waste.  In human terms, no-one would prefer to be ill instead of well, to be homeless rather than housed, to be jobless and poor rather than earning a decent living. More

Bankers are people too

Today’s unemployment figures show yet another (slight) rise in unemployment rate. There are now 2.67 million unemployed people – an increase of 28,000 since the last quarter and the highest unemployment rate since 1995. The recession has been especially hard on women and young people. The number of unemployed people aged 16-24 increased in the last three months by another 16,000 to reach 1.04 million. More

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

Earlier this year, nef assembled a panel of leading economists to discuss the ideas behind its 21 Hours report. We believe a gradual reduction in working hours to just 21 a week would solve many of our most pressing social, economic and environmental concerns - do you agree? Watch and share the video above, or download a summary of some of the arguments heard at our About Time event in January. 


It’s time to say no thanks to nuclear once and for all.

In 1986, nuclear pioneer Alvin Weinberg wrote an article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists where he reflected on the, then recent, disaster that guaranteed the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant would go down in history. Nations abandoned plans for new nuclear, and public support crumbled. More

Moments of change

Achieving the Great Transition to an environmentally sustainable, socially just, well-being producing economy will require everyone participating in it to make substantial changes to their behaviour.Bringing about this level of behaviour change will mean radical transformation at public policy level, to taxation, public spending, regulation and so on.


Let’s measure what matters to women and pay on those results

We talk about it, we all know it’s important but we don’t yet commission on it. It’s the soft vs. hard outcomes debate. It’s the ‘hard to measure’ vs. the easy to evidence targets. It has massive implications for the Payment by Results (PBR) agenda. And on 1st March 2012, after twelve months of hard work on behalf of 10 very dynamic women, it seems that some decision-makers are beginning to listen to what value for money really means.


Making the new economics mainstream in the USA

Earlier this week Stewart Wallis blogged about nef's developing partnership with its new US sister organisation, the New Economics Institute. Now comes news that they have appointed their new president and CEO – an exciting time for those of us looking to take the new economics global.


Introducing defunct economics to the tipping point…

“Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist,” said John Maynard Keynes. Unfortunately, after seven decades, the defunct economists remain largely in control of the world. 


Help repower South London

Brixton Energy Solar 1 may well be the first co-operatively owned inner-city powerstation built on social housing, but it has also pioneered a self-sustaining, financially viable Community Energy Efficiency Fund. 


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