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Equality: The Answer to Everything?

January 2, 2012 by


Summary: The book The Spirit Level published in 2009 outlines strong empirical proof that greater income equality creates a better society. Greater equality is inversely correlated with a large number of social problems, and even rich people are shown to be better off in more equal societies. Causation is supported by reasoning and experimental evidence. […]

What makes a Climate Leader?

December 23, 2011 by


Summary: Everybody has an influence on those around them, the only question is whether that influence is positive or negative. This article investigates the characteristics of climate change leadership, arguing that everybody has the possibility of being a climate leader. Power is not required for climate leadership, only the possibility to positively influence others around […]

We are the 99%, and we are to blame

December 10, 2011 by


Summary: The slogan ‘we are the 99%’ lets us off too easily, and lays the blame on the 1%. In reality, it is our shared values that are to blame for the crises we are facing. Something about the Occupy Movement has been bugging me, and now I think I have come to realise what it […]

Sustainability in Theory

March 1, 2011 by


What is sustainable development? It’s talked about a lot isn’t it? Well, though the concept is famously a little fuzzy, and tends to be bent (especially by politicians and businesspeople) to suit people’s ends, it does have relatively firm theoretical underpinnings in economic and philosophical theory. Most readers here are probably all sick to the […]

I’m not white, I’m yellow!

February 1, 2011 by


I can’t quite work out what the feeling is that has been bothering me since I stepped onto the African continent. As I have travelled and spent some of my years in different countries around the world, the reaction of the local people have been completely different from what I experienced here in Ghana. For […]

Water Crisis in Greece

February 1, 2011 by


The timing just couldn’t have been better. My friend Jenni Nylander and I left for Greece for research as part of a course we were taking on the day right before the blizzards hit northern Europe. There were no strandings, no delays and the flight to Athens was uneventful. Off went the thick winter jackets […]

Ghana: Hospitality and Happiness?

January 1, 2011 by


Ghana is rich in natural resources, but is not a rich country as it does not processes these but rather exports them raw. One of Ghana’s great strengths is its people’s hospitality and friendliness however, and tourism is increasingly important. I stayed with a family in a rural village and was treated wonderfully. However, I […]