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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?

KNOW London Prosperity Board PROCOL Kenya PROCOL UK RELIEF Prosperity Index Africa America Asia Europe Pacific

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

RELIEF

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 Matthew Davies and Professor Jacqueline McGlade of the IGP, Dr Wilson Kipkore of the University of Eldoret, Dr Solomon Ole Ntaiyia, and Kipkeu Kiprutto of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, 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 and farmers in Kenya. Funded by a UCL Global Cha...
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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...