What Greece can learn from Brazil

What happens if Greece defaults?  Well, they could do worse than ask around in Latin America, which ten years ago went through their own debt crisis and economic implosion.  In fact we all could.

Because ten years after Argentina’s bankruptcy, Latin America – and especially Brazil and Uruguay – are becoming the experts in using new kinds of money to support people at the margins of society.


Greece can have both the drachma and the euro

It is not often that the Financial Times gives column space to considering alternatives to the rigid monetary system that Europe finds itself stuck with, but we live in interesting times.


The time is now for well-being policy

Above: Jo Swinson MP, Charles Seaford and Martin Seligman at the Well-being APPG.

As I sat listening to Professor Martin Seligman, the founding father of the Positive Psychology movement, talk about ‘well-being and public policy’ at our All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics meeting last week, I was struck by how now is maybe one of More

Another legal aid provider bites the dust

Last week the Immigration Advisory Service was placed into administration.  The IAS was the largest provider of publically funded immigration and asylum legal advice.


Ten Big Questions about the Open Public Services White Paper

Ideology overrides evidence at every turn in this week's Open Public Services White Paper.  It promotes competition and individual choice where there’s clear evidence that co-operation and shared responsibility work best. It wants to open up public services to free markets, yet every day brings further proof of market failure. It is trying to turn the welfare state into a supermarket where we can all go shopping for services. More

Empowering the people?

On Monday this week the government announced its public services white paper – dubbed the Big Society Paper. A key theme of this bill, echoing the Big Society concept, is that power is being given to the people; indeed as the paper states more specifically, to “those who have been overlooked and underserved”. On the surface this sounds very appealing – surely we all want more power over our lives and things that affect our lives right? More

Happy memories from nef’s birthday party

Above: Jonathan, Cam and Elli make the nef logo out of cupcakes.

Last month, nef reached the grand of age of 25.  And to celebrate, we held a birthday party in our offices in Vauxhall, London and invited all our supporters to join us.  The day consisted of several talks and workshops relating to the work we are doing and working towards.  It was a great opportunity for us to meet with our supporters and to give something back to them as a thank you for helping us to keep going over the years.  We even had homemade cupcakes with nefMore

Who is qualified to run public services?

The Open Public Services White Paper released yesterday retains the language of “Any Qualified Provider” from the reformed health proposals. In fact, the original proposals referred to “Any Willing Provider”, before being changed in the aftermath of strong opposition.


We’re (not) all in this together

The Open Public Services White Paper is out. More

The Murdoch crisis is a clue to the future of business

You cannot seek to bribe nor twist,
Thank God, the British journalist;

But seeing what the man will do

Unbribed, there’s no occasion to.

Humbert Wolfe

Humbert Wolfe's rhyme suggests that the News International Hacking Scandal – let’s call it by its proper name – is not a new phenomenon, but an extreme version of British journalistic excess.


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