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Get commercial: the way to maximise social impact

SaniaH_smallThe power of commercial services:

I’m always struck by how little commercial services are valued for their ability to make a positive impact on society. We have great support services that help those in need, but on the whole we’re not making the most of the commercial resources available. Continue reading

Keeping up with the Martins, Grubers, Peeters and Bianchis

kateAMy colleague Julie’s blog about the rise and rise of Aldi and Rodolfo’s blog about what we can learn from Mercadona in Spain highlight just what can be achieved when we challenge existing models and how this could change the face of UK grocery retailing. Continue reading

Financial education and the poverty trap

amyCAs I drove through the City of London last week I listened to the news on the radio announcing 28% of adults and 40% of children in London are living in poverty (rising to over 50% in certain inner London boroughs). Though obviously aware of inequalities in the UK and across the capital it always comes as a shock to hear it put so starkly.   Continue reading

Driving in reverse: How behavioural economics can change smoking behaviour

With October nearing a close it marks the end of Stoptober. Stoptober is a scheme which encourages smokers to stop smoking for the whole of October in an attempt to quit in the long term. The campaign came about after research revealed that stopping for 28 days means a smoker is five times more likely to not go back to cigarettes. Continue reading

Vital statistics and the Hadron Collider

kateAIf you have 10 minutes over lunch today, check out this fly on the wall account of a day in the life of the ONS (the UK’s Office for National Statistics) in The Guardian.  It sheds rare light on just how national statistics are produced and shows just how complicated this can be. Continue reading

Bringing the power home: can councils handle it?

It’s hard to miss the headlines informing us that obese people could have their benefits cut unless they start exercising. This is bound to spark considerable debate over why only overweight people are being punished and not smokers or drug addicts or why overweight people should be allowed to put a strain on the healthcare system. Continue reading

Small steps to healthier living

Annalise TobermanWorking a 9-5 job in an office, it’s difficult to avoid a largely sedentary lifestyle, complimented by a desk drawer full of sugary snacks and a kitchen often containing foods – mostly edible – from colleagues’ travels. So when I was first given the opportunity to participate in a company-led pedometer initiative, I was a little afraid of how embarrassingly poor my results would be! Continue reading

You are not yet disabled

Francesca Martinez (the Comedian With Cerebral Palsy) argues that the opposite of disabled is not ‘non-disabled’, it is ‘not yet disabled’. We currently use these terms as if there is a clear and stark separation between these two categories, and yet it is evident that most people undergo a gradual loss of their physical and mental capabilities over the course of their lifetime. Continue reading

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