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First Citizens’ Assembly in the Middle East discussing energy justice and priorities

RELIEF Mass Displacement Middle East

Dr Ala'a Shehabi

A pilot of the first Citizens’ Assembly launched with its first session on Friday 23 October 2020 under challenging conditions. The physical meeting took place under several adaptation measures including a reduction in the number of members from 50 to 33, covid-screening, social distancing and mask-wearing. To limit the need for overall face to face contact, the sessions were also reduced to two hours spread over three days, with digital engagement with presentations and material in th...
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A necessary Mission: The Citizen’s Assembly on Electricity in Lebanon

RELIEF Energy Middle East

Dr Ala’a Shehabi

The RELIEF Centre is launching a citizens' assembly on Energy on 23rd October 2020The recent devastating explosion in the port of Beirut, as well as destroying lives, homes, livelihoods and dreams, has propelled Lebanon into a more profound political and economic abyss. One of the critical facilities that were damaged severely was the iconic building of Electricité du Liban, and key figures in the organisations were killed or injured. As with many other public services...
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Polar Bears Weren’t Really White

Cameron Holleran

This is not an obituary, though I’ll write one for every polar bear whose floe I’ve stolen writing proseand poesy, dying at a speed of 10km/h (adult, swimming) as I type (one letter at a time) on a miracle machine that would be useless as a raft. Today I’ve learned of eight animals I never knew existed till they didn’t – don’t ask about the fungi.The world is cruel and beautifuland both those things mean nothing if we’re dead.This is not an obituary, even i...
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Prosperity, Entrepreneurship, and (re)building the Future

Fast Forward 2030 Europe

Patrick Vickers

When Professor Henrietta Moore and Arthur Kay co-founded Fast Forward 2030, they knew a new generation of transformative entrepreneurs could help solve some of the biggest problems we face, and wanted to start an organisation which would inspire and empower people to start these businesses. This week, On 29th September as part of ...
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Prosperity Index: A way to measure success

Climate Emergency Prosperity Index

The IGP has joined the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) – a collaboration of organisations, movements and citizens working to transform the economy so that it works for people and planet. This transformation calls for a different way of being within human society – shifting from “us vs. them” to “WE All.” This means delivering equitable distribution of wealth, health and wellbeing, and protecting the planet for future generations and other species...
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Leaders' Pledge for Nature

Climate Emergency

Nature seemed forgiving, with forests so large and the seas so deep and full of life. Although there is a sustainable amount we can take from nature, we have moved far beyond it. If we do not evolve, we will continue to destroy the biodiversity we depend on, unravelling the web of life we need to survive as a species.The IGP is a member of the Planetary Emergency Partnership launched at WWF’s Leaders for Nature and People event in September 2019 that took place on the sidelines of the ...
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Fast Forward 2030 Goes Digital and Global

Fast Forward 2030 Europe

Charlie Stott

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will require a concerted effort from everybody on the planet but while governments, large organisations and big business inevitably have key roles to play in this, critical contributions will come from the growing number of small, fast-moving, innovative organisations that are springing up all over the world. To harness and maximise these contributions, Professor Henrietta L Moore established Fast Forward 2030, a network of London-bas...
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Same storm, different boats: how racial inequalities impact prosperity

Health Prosperity Index Europe

Dr Efrosini Charalambous

“We may all be weathering the same storm, but we are not in the same boat”, commented Zubaida Haque, interim director of the Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank. The experience of systemic racism and inequality has not only put...
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New Methods for New Times: Going Online with MOOC Co-Design

RELIEF

Dr Eileen Kennedy

MOOCs are usually defined as Massive Open Online Courses. At the RELIEF Centre we are shifting that definition to understand their role as Massive Open Online Collaborations– learning experiences that are formally organised like courses, but are designed so that participants can share ideas with each other to build solutions to the world’s pressing problems together. We have a highly participatory approach to co-designing MOOCs with...
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How a generation of Syrian children in Lebanon were robbed of their education

RELIEF Mass Displacement Middle East

Dr Maha Shuayb

RACISM, XENOPHOBIA, AND CORRUPTION RENDERED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SYRIAN CHILDREN “A LOST GENERATION”.The World Refugee Day this year was celebrated amid a surge in anti-racism movements around the globe. But, the humanitarian response to the refugee crisis is still greatly influenced by geopolitics, racism and xenophobia which were exploited by many politicians in Lebanon for financial gain.Nine years after the beginning of the Syrian refugee crisis, with hundreds of milli...
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Essential workers define essential policy

Social Prosperity Public Services

Andrew Percy

New Zealand election offers glimpse into the futureNew Zealand's 102 day stretch without any new Covid cases three months before their next general election provides an opportunity to see what kinds of priorities emerge in a society that has just experienced a shock that stretched its welfare system to its limits. New Zealand’s government and society have received plaudits internationally for their swift and effective response to the pandemic however, like many most developed societi...
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The Human Side of Data Collection: An Ethnographic Narrative

RELIEF Middle East

Soheila Shourbaji

Citizen social science opens up an ethnographically intriguing space. In 2019, I worked with RELIEF’s citizen science team in Hamra while they carried out a household survey about prosperity and its different dimensions. My aim was to get a glimpse of what the surveying process looked like, and to understand the social interactions and emotions that are involved in data collection – experiences that ultimately get lost in the quantitative data that comes out on the other end of the process. R...
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To our community in Lebanon

The Institute for Global Prosperity and RELIEF are extremely saddened by the tragic loss of life, damage and destruction caused by the explosions at Lebanon's Port of Beirut on 4 August 2020. We are working with our partners in Lebanon to assess the impact of this tragedy on the neighbourhoods in Beirut and determine how best we can provide support and assist in their recovery.At the IGP and in the RELIEF Centre our purpose is to create pathways to a prosperous future. We stand firmly ...
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Understanding the needs of a community

London Prosperity Board Prosperity Index Europe

To effect meaningful change in a neighbourhood takes more than an idea and good intentions. It is vital to establish a clear picture of the needs of the community in question, then to collect data and information about how an area is improving once projects have been introduced. With a benchmark in place, a project can understand its level of success and communicate this to all stakeholders. Crucially, this data and measurement needs to be generated by and for local citizens.“Understan...
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Farmer Led Regenerative Agriculture for Africa

PROCOL Kenya Climate Emergency Africa

Dr Sam Lunn-Rockliffe and Dr Matthew Davies

‘When led by farmers, Regenerative Agriculture offers the potential to create a new farming future for Africa that addresses multiple social and ecological challenges’Agricultural systems across the African continent have recently come under unprecedented stress as climate extremes have contributed to recursive droughts, severe flash flooding and the worst desert locust outbreak for 70 years. Failed harvests and crop destruction, coupled with pandemic-related collapse of globa...
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We urgently need new tools to measure economic recovery after coronavirus

Social Prosperity Europe

Dr Ala’a Shehabi

Economies across the world are on course to face the worst fall in GDP figures since 2008. In the UK, GDP fell by 10.4% in the first three months of 2020, and a whopping 20.4% in the month of April, the largest fall since records began in 1997. The Bank...
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Adolescent Lives: The power of photography

Health Middle East

Hannah Sender & Joana Dabaj

Lockdown is beginning to lift in Lebanon, but COVID-19 cases continue to rise and to exacerbate the terrible economic conditions that threaten people’s livelihoods and lives. We are not certain when we will be able to meet the people we have gotten to know and work with. When I first visited the Beqaa Valley in 2016, I was accompanying a team of architects called CatalyticAction, who were building ...
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Women in power: Female leadership and public health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Health

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting everyday lives, communities, economies, and exacerbating already existing inequalities. Some countries have been more successful than others at dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. A new study suggests that countries led by women leaders have fared significantly better than those led by men - on a wide range of dimensions concerning the global health crisis.Flattening the curve was one of the biggest challenges in the early phase of the pan...
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Director's Summer Reading List

Recommendations for your summer reading from the Institute for Global Prosperity. This year our recommendations include books, speeches, poetry, documentaries, podcasts and music. Click the link below to see works from Cornel West, Ilhan Omar, James Baldwin, Fiona Apple and more. To view the list on a mobile, please use this link ...
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Imagine: Voices from Lebanon

RELIEF Mass Displacement Middle East

Dr Samar Maqusi , Kae Ohene-Yeboah, Mariam Daher

In the era of Covid-19, the call to imagine feels more important than ever.‘To imagine’ means to picture something you can’t currently see. To step beyond the current moment, and perceive something different. Rather than being a flight away from reality, imagination is sometimes the best response to it – the only way to get us somewhere new. Yet, how is imagination different when you are a refugee? How is it different when you are a refugee living through both ...
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The Circular Bioeconomy – from Niche to Norm

Climate Emergency

Professor Jacqueline McGlade

The oldest business model in the world is the circular bioeconomy. Nothing wasted, everything used and reused, with Nature as the powerhouse. A growing number of the world’s top CEOs, investors, political leaders and researchers consider it to be the blueprint for the post-COVID recovery. Back in the 1970s, ideas of modernity were inextricably linked to fossil fuels. New affordable vehicles, global aviation, amazing branded packaging, plastics everywhere, new textiles, and construction...
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Financial technologies for life on the move

Financing Prosperity Mass Displacement Middle East

James Shraiky & Dr Christopher Harker

How do people impacted by migration and displacement finance their lives and how do technologies shape such practices? We know that there are many ways in which those living in contexts of displacement obtain food, shelter, medicine and education. In so doing, they appropriate and make use of the technologies that structure flows of investment, savings, credit/debt and gifts. However, often these financial technologies make them more vulnerable.Huda, a Palestinian refugee living in Sab...
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When it comes to Green Buildings, the solutions are ready to go

Climate Emergency Energy Europe

Professor Henrietta L. Moore

The government has announced a £3bn stimulus for green buildings and for improving the energy efficiency of public buildings. At a time when we need the economy to deliver climate and social goals, this is welcome news. Currently, as much as 34% of the UK’s emissions come from buildings, in large part due to poor insulation. This comes at a great social cost too, with the UK seeing al...
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Plastics and cities: A story of love and hate

Climate Emergency Africa

Professor Jacqueline McGlade

Every piece of plastic discarded, whether it is a food packaging, cigarette end, milk carton, synthetic fabric, baby wipes and diapers, or personal care products, will eventually end up clogging our waterways and breaking up into microplastics, harming our health and wellbeing. A zero-plastic waste future is one that will turn our cities into liveable spaces for everyone. Plastics are big businesses worldwide. By 2022, the market for manufactured plastic products is projected to exceed...
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The City and the Mountains

Middle East

Yara Younes

While the COVID-19 pandemic proceeds, strict measures have to be taken by authorities to control the spread of the virus and protect groups that are more vulnerable to the disease.Cities that were throbbing with life in different parts of the world were forced to shut down. Although the spread of the virus spotlights inequalities in the accessibility to basic services, and highlighted different challenges for vulnerable communities who couldn’t afford to stay home, the lockdown also ha...
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What makes us think that money will be useful in the future?

Social Prosperity Public Services Europe

Andrew Percy

It seems the most natural thing in the world to think that once a society has reached the levels of wealth that we see in most modern advanced countries and their economies, that the worst deprivations would be easy to banish and that most people would feel secure in the material sense. And yet that is most assuredly not the case, so what is going wrong?There are two things that wealth can never banish: uncertainty and mutual interdependence. No amount of riches or advanced technologie...
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Losing a sense of home

Social Prosperity Europe

Hannah Sender

Young people in Hackney are witnessing massive changes in their communities, and this affects their ability to prosper in their own homes.It might seem inappropriate to talk about young people’s prosperity during this period of deep uncertainty. But if COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that the things we thought we needed to live a good life have been thrown into question. Now is the time to talk about what young people mean by ‘prosperity’ and the barriers that prevent them from ...
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Juggling macroeconomics, arts and humanities: physical distance with the closeness of care

Social Prosperity Climate Emergency Mass Displacement Europe

Juan Manuel Moreno

On the morning of Thursday 21 May, I was preparing me a maté as I logged on to Microsoft Teams from the tatty décor of my kitchen. Everyone was ‘there’… in London, Bologna, Gottingen, Utrecht, Belgrade, Lisbon. Over the course of two days, we engaged in eight hours of lively and intense discussions on the role(s) of the Arts and the Humanities for society, the planet, and contemporary existential challenges. The plan h...
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Towards a new progress story which redefines our relationship to nature

Climate Emergency

Professor Henrietta L. Moore

The destruction of nature is the driving force of the current dominant progress story, which is why we need to change the story. As more roads were paved, cars bought, and airports built, economies grew, but so did the destruction of nature. For a while, perhaps the planet seemed just about big enough to absorb the shocks we cause it. Nature seemed forgiving, with forests so large and the seas so deep and full of life. But the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity is clear: ...
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Freedom to Create the Economy We Need

Social Prosperity Public Services Work

Professor Henrietta L. Moore

The economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak has been immense. There has been a worldwide call to action in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and many are calling for progressive policies to ‘build back better.’ The Global Solutions Summit 2020, this year taking place virtually, seeks policy responses to major global challenges addressed by the G20, the G7 and other global governance fora. To this end, the Global Solutions Initiative ...
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Community organisations will lead the post-COVID recovery

Financing Prosperity Public Services Europe

Dr Christopher Harker

“Community work is never easy, but it is worth it” said one member of the Money Advice and Education (Money A+E) steering group at their meeting on Wednesday 6th May 2020. I can see other Zoom participants nodding their heads. After the meeting, I remember this sentence vividly, because it points to the work that is needed to reshape societies across the world. This work will not be easy, but it will be worth it. It will not just be about responding to pandemic diseases, but other ...
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The Quest for Better Work and Livelihoods Post Covid-19 and Beyond

Social Prosperity Public Services Work Europe

Professor Henrietta L. Moore

How should we reform our economies and bring people back to better work, aligned with major social, political and economic challenges, notably climate change?On Thursday 28 May, I co-hosted the 6th Exit Strategy Workshop on “Post Covid Jobs and the Quest for Better Work” with Rebuilding Macroeconomics Director Professor Angus Armstrong. The event was co-chaired by Andrew Percy, Co-Director of IGP Social Prosperity Network, and Dr Geo...
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You deserve the world, and everything in it

Cameron Holleran

A poem by Cameron Holleran, poet-in-residence at the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP)“The sooner we start, the sooner we can try and see these things and to secure the improvements we all want” Aneurin Bevan in The Lancet (1948)“You see, the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do what we gotta do, to survive” Changes, by 2Pac (1998)Canvas blind, my room made dullby sunlight. By this, I give time meaningI had thought was ...
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Measuring the Good Life

Prosperity Index Europe

Professor Henrietta L. Moore

New polling finds the vast majority of Britons want to prioritise quality of life over economic growth, but what exactly is it that constitutes a good quality of life and how do we measure this? The online polling, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Positive Money, has found that more than 8 in 10 people think the UK should pr...
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The Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity to change how we think about racism

Social Prosperity Europe

Dr Nikolay Mintchev

The Covid-19 crisis is going to be a gamechanger for the UK’s ethnic and racial politics. Four years after the 2016 Referendum on EU membership, we find ourselves in the midst of yet another monumental conjuncture that will inevitably figure prominently in future histories of identity politics, racial injustice, and many other social and political issue in this country. Things will not be the same after this crisis, but at the moment it is still unclear what is to come.The politics of ...
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Food, the final frontier?

Social Prosperity Food Europe

Andrew Percy

At the IGP we have always included food in our definition of Universal Basic Services (UBS) and for many it is the most difficult service to imagine.To help breakdown this imagination barrier we have sought out examples of organisations and policies which promote the provision of community food, like this video which we produced with the Battersea Canteen highlighting a great community effort ...
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Localism offers insights and avenues for change

Social Prosperity Public Services Europe

Hannah Collins

In a letter sent to every UK household Prime Minister Boris Johnson says, ‘The Government will do whatever it takes to help you make ends meet and put food on the table.’ The ‘whatever it takes’ sentiment was repeated by Rishi Sunak. Sunak announced a £350bn package ...
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Ore and Peace

Bridget Storrie

Bringing Natural Resource-Related Peacebuilding Down to EarthIn 1937 the British travel writer Rebecca West visited the Stan Terg mine in Kosovo. At that time Stan Terg – now part of the huge Trepca mining complex - was owned and managed by a British mining company and West is enchanted by what she describes as the ‘civilizing’ influence of the mine on the local town. She’s particularly taken with the Cornish-style mine houses, built with their windows confidently facing the road and...
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Film-making as part of Citizen Science

RELIEF Mass Displacement Middle East

Dr Hanna Baumann & Hannah Sender

In Lebanon, which has experienced a series of political crises in recent years, refugees and citizens alike have been negatively affected by the dilapidated infrastructure which people rely on in their daily lives. Researchers at the IGP has been thinking about the relationship between infrastructure, displacement and vulnerability, while experimenting with locally-led participatory methodologies. Based on work carried out in the project ...
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Let's rethink how we look at impact and research

London Prosperity Board Social Prosperity Prosperity Index

Dr Matthew Davies

Over the last year the climate crisis has inspired considerable public protest including civil disruption by Extinction Rebellion and the rejection of university courses by some students in order to dedicate themselves to climate action. These students challenged the lack of urgency to the climate crises in their courses and questioned universities’ ability to turn abstract curricul...
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A pandemic in the age of inequality

Health Mass Displacement Middle East

Ghina Mohsen

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic. “This is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that will touch every sector,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, at a media briefing. “So every sector and every individual must be involved in the fights.”For the first time in a long time, everyone everywhere seems to be facing the same problem. For the first time in a long time, it doesn’t matter if you lived in a majority co...
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Can we imagine a future of many futures?

Climate Emergency Health Africa Europe

Dr Matthew Davies

Just like the climate crisis, environmental degradation and the persistence of poverty, the Covid-19 crisis exposes the worst failings of current global socio-economic structures in the most dramatic fashion. The crisis highlights the fragility of the market, the insecurity of livelihoods and massive under-investment in key workers and services. In a more positive vein, in many places the crisis also underscores the potential for nature to regenerate when emissions and other acts of degradati...
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Forests and ice caps are more crucial than stocks and bonds

Climate Emergency

Patrick Vickers

After crises, the boundaries of what is politically possible are redrawn. After the Second World War, the NHS was established and millions of homes built. After the 2008 crash an unthinkable amount of cash was spent to keep the business-as-usual economy limping onwards. This time, we are in for a century of crisis if our redrawing does not include a serious aim to redefine our relationship with nature.At the moment, economic growth is the main goal for our politicians and economists. E...
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Prosperity and Playfulness

Health Mass Displacement Africa

Marie Williams

Countries throughout the world agree that it is a human right for all children to play - as stated in Article 31, The United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)You have a right to play!The benefits of play are not universally known or understood. The majority of literature that evidences the means in which outdoor play supports the development of social, physical and cognitive and emotional skills is presented ...
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Data Hunting in the Mara and Mau Forest

PROCOL Kenya Africa

Professor Jacqueline McGlade

Deep in Tinderet forest, a data revolution is taking shape. Community members from the Maasai Mara and across the Mau Forest are working together to see how the forest measures up. Equipped with the latest data from space missions plus tape measures and clinometers, they are deploying their collective ancient wisdom to map the size and health of the medicinal trees and the ecosystem services provided by the forest.Led by researchers at Strathmore University Business School, the Institu...
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‘The times they are a-changing’, but are they?

Financing Prosperity PROCOL UK Social Prosperity Food Health Public Services Work

Juan Manuel Moreno responds to the UK Government Budget 2020 and COVID-19 rescue packages

“Unprecedented measures for unprecedented times.” This was the phrase used by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday 20 March as he announced the UK government’s massive rescue package to protect jobs and provide a safety net to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The UK Government, he said, had never done such a thing. This is not an overstatement. To protect those at risk of losing their jobs, a new ...
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What Can Coronavirus Teach Us?

Climate Emergency Public Services Zoonoses

Charles Stott - 18 March 2020

"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.And when the danger...
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Africa Assembly: A new institution to catalyse an unprecedented era of social innovation

Climate Emergency Africa

David Bent

“Our goal is to foster transformative institutions that create marked changes in the habits of the wider world around us and pull us beyond the failing status quo.” Professor Henrietta MooreOn Mon 2 March, 12 people gathered in a room in Nairobi. On one level, it was a bunch of people talking. On another, an intention to form a new institution that plays a larger role in moving Africa from climate emergency to prosperity.Since Augu...
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"We are being suffocated by fossil fuel emissions on a daily basis"

Climate Emergency Energy

Professor Henrietta L. Moore

Recent research shows that Lebanon could witness an increase of 1.2 to 3.2 degrees in temperatures in areas that are already very arid and suffer from water shortage. An increase in temperature and a decrease in precipitation will have particular impact on the electricity sector - a higher cooling demand in summer and increased consumption for electricity. Rising sea levels and water scarcity in Lebanon could lead to internal climate migration and mass displacement from rural to coastal regio...
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Why Universal Basic Services Will Help Us Go Green

Social Prosperity Climate Emergency Public Services

Andrew Percy

The IGP is taking forward its pioneering work on UBS and creating a future for all in the UK. New experimental work will be at the core of co-produced solutions in the Prosperity Co-Lab (PROCOL) UK in 2020. Here Andrew Percy explains why UBS is green.Proposals for Green New Deals include some or all of Universal Basic Services, why?Green New Deal (GND) proposals and proponents are addressing the big, existential challenge for our time: how do we transition to an...
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A Clean Environment Is A Human Right

Professor Jacqueline McGlade

The more we learn about pollution and its impact on human health and nature, the more we must see stopping pollution as an ethical imperative for all.The great Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s London marathon in April 2019, giving a truly exceptional performance (2 hours, 2 minutes and 33 seconds). But Kipchoge had wanted to be even better.In 2017 he attempted to break the two-hour barrier in Italy; but narrowly missed it. In the documentary Breakin...
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Dawning awareness

Social Prosperity Food Public Services Work

Andrew Percy

There is now not a single party in the UK that is not proposing a dramatic expansion of public services. The ship of state has turned, after decades heading towards the outer bounds of individualism, and begun a journey back towards the goal of common prosperity. The preeminent role of Universal Basic Services in the ...
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Fighting fires: Providing solutions for the UK's debt crisis

Financing Prosperity Social Prosperity

Tianzi Li

How can we deal with a broken financial system that enriches the few at the expense of the many? How can we ensure people have the necessary resources to finance the lives they want to live, and achieve more inclusive and sustainable forms of prosperous living? The Institute for Global Prosperity’s (IGP) Financing Prosperity Network was created to explore these questions. In this article, IGP PhD student Tianzi Li examines how network members provide solutions of the UK’s debt crisis. ...
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A street called Bliss: Understanding urban life

RELIEF Prosperity Index Middle East

Soheila Shourbaji

Maps, Anxieties and Reconceptions: An Ethnography of Citizen Social Science in Hamra’s Prosperity Index Projec“What’s this street called?”“Bliss.”“What?”“Bliss. Bliss.”“What does that mean?”“It’s where university students eat.”Bliss street is the American University of Beirut’s frontier with Hamra. It is named after the institution’s founder, Daniel Bliss, and, indeed, it is where students eat. I heard t...
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Indigenous Innovation

PROCOL Kenya Prosperity Index Africa

Can Kenya lead the way to a new kind of prosperity in Africa? And can Maasai warriors teach western tycoons leadership the world needs for the 21st century?Jacqueline McGlade, Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) speaks about PROCOL Kenya, a new programme launched by the IGP to develop innovative pathways to prosperity, autonomy and resilience in Africa.PROCOL Kenya works on the premise that economic growth has failed t...
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Director's Christmas List

Find recommendations for your Christmas reading list from staff at the Institute for Global Prosperity...
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After Nations

David Bent

David Bent imagines a future where prosperity has been changed dramatically because of the effects of climate change and AI. The piece asks questions on what is going to happen to socio-ecological systems that we need to live our version of the good life. We are used to the nation-state providing us with the safety we need, but will that institution last forever? Will the notion of ‘work’ still exist in a world with fully-diffuse...
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‘People don’t behave in a way economists sometimes think they behave’

London Prosperity Board Prosperity Index Public Services Europe

Sarah Nisi

Local organisations incorporate IGP’s findings from the London Prosperity Index work into their policies to better reflect the views of the communities they serve.Prosperity means different things to different people and a good life can be lived in many ways. Understanding this diversity is critical to develop policies and strategies for enhancing prosperity that resonate with local conditions and experience. The Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) translated its community-l...
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Urgent need for developing an 'Economy of Belonging'

London Prosperity Board Prosperity Index Public Services Europe

Juan Manuel Moreno

On Tuesday 19th November, IGP Founder and Director, Professor Henrietta L. Moore, attended the Social Macroeconomics Hub workshop hosted by the Rebuilding Macroeconomics (RM) research initiative at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.The event was attended by a diverse group of economists and social scientists and was concerned with the social foundations of economic decision-making and macroeconomic activity.One of the RM Social Macroeconomic Hub’s cen...
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Re-shaping the understanding of prosperity

PROCOL Kenya Prosperity Index Africa

“PROCOL Kenya has an ambitious agenda: we want to determine and then re-shape global understandings of ‘what matters’ to peoples’ prosperity. Based on our deep history of existing research in Kenya and Kenya’s pivotal role as a leading hub of technology and innovation, we see Kenya as crucial to the achievement of this new paradigm. In launching PROCOL Kenya we are calling for partnerships from government, international organisations, businesses and citizens to join us to make Kenya ...
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PROCOL Kenya: A radical approach to building sustainable prosperity for Africa

PROCOL Kenya Prosperity Index Africa

“Sustainable prosperity is a global challenge: the world needs alternative social, economic and ecological paradigms and this is nowhere more acute than in Africa. So often marginalised as the recipient rather than provider of knowledge and ideas, Africa and Kenya have the potential to leap-frog old technological dependencies and to tap into the innovation and endeavour apparent across the country, to develop ho...
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Teach Out, Tell the Truth, and Transform Tomorrow

Climate Emergency Europe

Johnny Stormonth-Darling

The Teach-OutIn October, thousands of dedicated individuals, concerned for the fate of the planet, staged one of the most adventurous protests in recent memory under the collective action of activist organisation Extinction Rebellion (XR). Although only one year old, XR has raised substantial awareness (and a few hackles) of the arguably unappreciated dangers of climate change. They have achieved this through a multitude of disruptive yet peaceful actions around ...
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Wales: Why re-think prosperity now?

Prosperity Index Public Services

Juan Manuel Moreno

On Tuesday 15 October, I was in Cardiff attending the event Re-thinking Prosperity for Wales: A multi-stakeholder dialogue about new approaches to delivering shared prosperity.Co-hosted by the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) at University College of London and the Development Bank of Wales (DBW), the event attracted a wide range of representatives from the Welsh government, public, private, academic and charity sectors. This was an opportunity to develop fut...
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From 'Crisis' to Opportunity: Migration Research Priorities in the Middle East

RELIEF Mass Displacement Middle East

Earlier this year, the RELIEF Centre collaborated with the Migration Leadership team and the Arab Council for Social Sciences to convene a 1.5 day Global Migration Conversation workshop. This is part of an ESRC and AHRC-funded project to develop a shared strategy for supporting migration and displacement related research by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The report based on the workshop has now been published ...
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The Ethics of Open Data

RELIEF Mass Displacement Public Services Middle East

Dr Ala'a Shehabi

Against the backdrop of MACAM's 2nd Biennale of Contemporary Art on the theme of Universal Data, which inspires visitors to interrogate our digital lives, the RELIEF Centre's Data Manager, Ala'a Shehabi, convened members of the small but growing Beirut data community in a safe space to discuss growing ethical anxieties around the increasing emphasis on Open Data. This included artists, media practition...
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Getting Beyond the Economy: a Journey with Extinction Rebellion

Climate Emergency Public Services Work

Charlie Stott

Our newest addition to the IGP team shares his experiences with Extinction Rebellion combining activism and spiritual practice, his views on the nature of work, and how he feels that society could shift in a prosocial and ecological direction through innovative proposals like Universal Basic Services.In April this year I first went to the protests organised across central London by ...
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What does prosperity mean to you?

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Sarah Nisi

Nineteen Londoners collect research data for the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) from hundreds of households in their neighbourhoods - and now their work serves as a model for a global mission: measuring what matters to the prosperity of local communities around the world and transforming the way decision-makers think.When Tony from Newham heard about the opportunity to work with IGP's academic researchers as a citizen scientist, designing research that captures lo...
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Migration, Diversity and Politics through the Psychoanalytic Lens

RELIEF Mass Displacement Africa America Asia Europe Pacific

Dr Nikolay Mintchev

Migration and displacement are taking place on an unprecedented scale. The movement of people throughout the world is diversifying the demography of cities and challenging established norms of identity, community, and belonging. In many countries, it is also putting pressures on social cohesion, public services, and political stability.Why is it that in times of unprecedented global wealth so many people are so disillusioned with their circumstances?Learni...
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We are ‘all in it together’

Social Prosperity Food Public Services Work

Over the past 30 decades, prosperity – understood as material wealth, social wellbeing, equality, justice, inclusion and environmental sustainability – has become central to public policy in the context of rising inequality and poverty, the advance of automation and the increasing precariousness work conditions, the socio-economic effects of globalisation and climate emergency. Yet gaps remain between locally situated experiences of prosperity and its operationalisation in policy frameworks. ...
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Labour’s embrace of UBS “can renew social contract”

Social Prosperity Food Health Public Services Work

Idea for Universal Basic Services developed by the Institute for Global Prosperity to form a “central pillar” of Labour’s policy programme, new report saysDemocratically accountable extension of key public services free at the point of need to imitate shared values embodied by NHSEnhanced safety net would reduce inequality and allow for greater participation in society for millionsThe Labour Party’s adoptio...
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Engineering a sensible smart city

Professor Henrietta L. Moore

Smart cities are built upon a foundation of sustainable prosperity that actually improves the quality of life for all and their experience of urban living. There are 7.7 billion people on the planet today, and every year our global population grows by around 1.08% – or around 82 million people. It is estimated that by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. The cities we know now will have changed and adapted to accommodate for this. How will we ens...
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Forget a basic income—here’s how UBS could fund housing and transport for all

Social Prosperity Food Public Services Work

A state service provision could help our society cope with a changing job market. And best of all: it could be fiscally neutralBy Professor Henrietta L. Moore, Founder & Director of the Institute for Global ProsperityNearly 90 years ago, John Maynard Keynes made a much-quoted prediction. In his 1930 essay, Economic Prospects for our Grandchildren, he set out the view that, by 2030, technological progress ...
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IGP Director Professor Moore appointed to Expert Advisory Panel of the landmark Dasgupta Review

Climate Emergency

Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity, Professor Henrietta Moore, has been appointed to the expert panel of the Dasgupta Review, commissioned by HM Treasury, UK Government.The Dasgupta Review is a landmark review into the economics of biodiversity, led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta. Sir David Attenborough has agreeed to be an Ambassador. The review a...
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Culture, collaboration and cities: reflections on the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019

Energy

Annelise Andersen

‘Cities occupy just 3% of the Earth’s land but account for 60 to 80% of energy consumption and at least 70% of carbon emissions’, Professor Henrietta Moore (Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity) tells us at the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019 (GGCS2019), Southbank Centre, London.Though startling to read back, I received this statement as mor...
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Adolescent Lives - Reviewing our Findings, and Looking to the Future

Health

Hannah Sender

PhD student, Hannah Sender, reflects on her fieldwork on adolescent mental health in Bar Elias, Lebanon.In Spring 2019, I conducted fieldwork with a team from UCL Global Health, American University of Beirut and design studio CatalyticAction in Bar Elias, Lebanon. We wanted to find out how young people’s wellbeing has been impacted by their personal experiences ...
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“Maisha bora - living a good life”

KNOW Prosperity Index

Tim Ndezi, Festo Makoba and Dr Saffron Woodcraft

How research methods and ethics produce pathways to prosperityWhat does it mean to be prosperous and live well in an informal settlement in Dar es Salaam? What can community-led research bring to knowledge, action and policymaking on urban prosperity? These are some of the questions addressed in a workshop in July co-hosted by the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) and the Centre for Community Initiatives(CCI) in Da...
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Acoustic Cities panel discussion

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This panel discussion took place at the launch of Acoustic Cities: London & Beirut which took place at Sursock Museum in Beirut on 25 April 2019. Merijn Royaards, Mhamad Safa, ...
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How Research Creates More Inclusive Spaces

RELIEF Mass Displacement

Dr Hanna Baumann

It is not every day that academics plant trees, paint pavements, or install park benches. But that is exactly what I, and other researchers from the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) and other parts of UCL, did when we recently completed a project in Bar Elias, a refugee-hosting town in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley.Our project was a long-term collaborative engagement with local residents that resulted in tangible changes to the local urban fabric. Along the main road at th...
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For Community to Thrive, Local Businesses Must Thrive Also

Dr Nikolay Mintchev

…things aren’t what they used to be before; there is no sense of community anymore; people only care about personal gain, not about one anotherThere is something uncanny about the way in which people the world over talk about the decline of community. Whether one goes to the boroughs of East London that are undergoing ‘regeneration’, to the shrinking villages of ‘post-socialist’ Eastern Europe, or to Beirut’s vibrant streets buzzing with nightlife, one can encounter a...
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Citizen science and botanic knowledge among herders and farmers in Kenya

PROCOL Kenya

In collaboration with, Dr Wilson Kipkore of the University of Eldoret, Dr Solomon Ole Ntaiyia Maasai Mara University, Mr Kipkeu Kiprutto of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Matt Davies and Jacqueline McGlade of the IGP and expert teams of citizen scientists , the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group at UCL have started two new projects using the Sapelli platform to support the documentation of indigenous plant knowledge and issues surrounding sustainability among herders a...
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Our Summer Reading List 2019

Find recommendations for your summer reading list from staff at the Institute for Global Prosperity - including books, films, music, podcasts and playsView the IGP Summer Reading List 2019This year, we expanded our recommendations to include plays, podcasts, music and poetry. Click the link to see works from George the Poet, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Shoshana Zuboff, Invisibilia, Jon Bloomfield and ...
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A Third Emergent Migrant Subject Unrecognised in Law

RELIEF Mass Displacement Asia

Hannah Sender

PhD student, Hannah Sender, reflects on Professor Saskia Sassen's public lecture, 'A Third Emergent Migrant Subject Unrecognised in Law'The last time I was in Lebanon, I was well into the first year of my PhD. I had familiarised myself with the literature, written 20,000 words, and was pretty confident in the path I thought I had ahead of me. So, when my friends asked me what my PhD was about, I eloquently (I thought) explained my PhD project. I was going to be researching y...
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Housing, displacement and the elderly

RELIEF Mass Displacement

Monica Basbous, Nadine Bekdache and Camillo Boano

This blog post was originally written for the UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit website and can be found here.By Monica Basbous, Nadine Bekdache and Camillo BoanoThe current habitability crisis, the failure of progressive policies to consid...
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Launch of a Prosperity Index for London

London Prosperity Board Prosperity Index Public Services Work

Maria Paz Levy

Maria Paz Levy, volunteer at the IGP, reports from the launch of the IGP's first Prosperity Index for LondonOn 22nd May 2019, the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) and the London Prosperity Board welcomed around 100 attendees to launch the UK's first, citizen-le...
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Can we have UBS and UBI?

Social Prosperity Public Services

Two thinktank reports (here and here) out in the last week have proposed using increases in taxes to fund cash distributions in the UK. Both of the economists who wrote those reports and did the number crunching have ...
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Crafting global prosperity together is the task for the SDGeneration

David Bent

In mid-February I chaired an all-day conference on the "SDGeneration - A Citizen Science Movement". My main reflection is how taking part in knowledge creation is a vital part of having agency in an overwhelming world, and a route to mobilising young people. (c) Ellie PinneyDavid Bent, Senior Visiting...