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Monthly Readings: What can we do to make things better?

Published Date: 18 February 2020

This month, we have been reading about how we can come together for better change, unique was of making society better and so much more!

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Coming together

Marco Shek: The State of Unions 

It is about re-imagining union in face of changing workforce structure - more outsourcing, more “entrepreneurs” from within. Very interesting and it talks about power and exclusion!

Sophie Monaghan-Coombs: Europe’s great migration illusion: money that creates more problems than it solves

Money that should be spent on development is increasingly used to curb migration. But it’s time to end the myth that aid stops people moving – because its consequences can be deadly.

Josiane Smith: Where people are satisfied with democracy and why.

Global dissatisfaction with democracy has increased over the past 25 years, according to our recent report. Drawing upon the HUMAN Surveys project, the report covered 154 countries, with 77 countries covered continuously for the period from 1995 to 2020.


Making things better

So Jung Rim: Global Climate Action I: The Power of Soil

It’s 2020. Britain has left the EU. Trump is preparing for his second term. Bolsonaro keeps the deforestation of the Amazon soaring. Australia is still on fire. 

Louise Pulford: Story as light, story as glue, story as web: Ella Saltmarche on the ways tales can help us see and fix systems

Very clear and thorough essay from 2018 from Ella Saltmarche (one of The Point People) - which we’re happy to unearth, as a tool for your toolbox.  It’s on the uses of storytelling to change the systems that surround us and that we’re embedded in (sometimes without knowing) - be they economic, political or organisational.

Darren Mew: Scrap by scrap, New York designer creates fashion from waste

From a storefront studio in Brooklyn, Daniel Silverstein creates clothing from bits and bolts of leftover cloth, with an eye to using, reusing and recycling all that he can.


Imagining differences

Peter Mwangi: Read Yuval Harari's blistering warning to Davos in full

"If this power falls into the hands of a twenty-first-century Stalin, the result will be the worst totalitarian regime in human history."

C-Jay Newton: In Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective

Imagine you are falling. But there is no ground. Many contemporary philosophers have pointed out that the present moment is distinguished by a prevailing condition of groundlessness.


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