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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Improving Wellbeing Should Be Our Global Priority

Date: September 11 2013

Posted by: Mark Williamson

People’s daily experiences and concerns differ enormously around the world. While a farmer in Angola prays for a good harvest, a manager in Greece worries about losing her job. And while a mother in Egypt comes to terms with life in a conflict zone, a doctor in Denmark struggles with work-related stress. But there is... Find out more

Good news, we’re slightly happier. But why?

Date: July 31 2013

Posted by: Mark Williamson

How satisfied are you with your life? It’s a question we’ve probably all pondered at times. But for the last two years it’s also been one of a handful of new “subjective wellbeing” questions which the Office for National Statistics has been asking people all over the UK. You may be surprised to learn that... Find out more

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Date: July 31 2013

Posted by: Peter Gerry

Since the 2012 Olympics in London one year ago, British sporting dominance has miraculously continued. We have also had much talk of the Olympic legacy. Apart from our continued sporting prowess, has anything changed? It’s not altogether clear what we thought was going to happen. There’s been lots of talk of a more confident and... Find out more

Learning the habits of cooperation

Date: July 03 2013

Posted by: Peter Gerry

The furore today around civility reminds me of my experiences recently on the Isle of Wight. There I found people got on remarkably well – indeed, I doubt anyone would have used their mobile phone at the checkout. Instead informal conversation oiled the wheels of community life. I was on the Isle of Wight to... Find out more

Who is going to employ me? Reflections on resilience interventions for older unemployed men

Date: February 27 2013

Posted by: Lucia Caistor-Arendar, Nina Mguni, Sara Thomas

“Who is going to employ me?” This was a common question that we heard from a number of men who are currently out of work. These men, aged 45 to 60, had demonstrable experience, had been the breadwinners for their families and in some cases had occupied managerial positions. Unsurprisingly, such uncertainty places a strain... Find out more