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Wellbeing - sounds great but what does it mean?
The Carnegie Trust has recently announced a £350,000 fund for “embedding wellbeing” in Northern Ireland. This sounds great. But what does it mean?
Older people: much achieved, so much more to do
Eileen Mullan, outgoing chair of AgeNI reflects on her nine years on the board, and outlines the remaining challenges for older people.
The Punishment Paradox
One of the most damaging public misconceptions in dealing with the perpetrators of crime is the notion that the more severe the punishment, the less likely the criminal is to offend.
Time to debate our treatment of Travellers
This week saw the publication of a report into discrimination against Travellers published by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
The rudderless ship heading for the rocks
Most pundits are concerned about the political fall-out from the failed talks process. But what does it mean for government itself, and civil society?
Belfast's city deal explained
It was widely predicted by commentators that there would be no extra money for Northern Ireland in the budget. For once, and thankfully, they were wrong.
Life in the shadow of the peace walls
To many Belfast’s peace walls are either an embarrassment or else a macabre visitor attraction. Those who live in their shadows are routinely patronised and often demonised.
Ending paramilitarism: the blueprint
Bringing paramilitarism to an end is the biggest single task facing Northern Ireland society. Scope explores what is being done about it.
Gambling on the DUP
When Parliament reassembles on Tuesday 5 September the DUP will have its first opportunity to flex its muscles by forcing through an important measure to help combat the scourge of gambling addiction.
Grassroots are top of the tree
The latest thinking in social innovation involves ideas that are led by the local community - i.e. those set to benefit - on every level, with support organisations like Amplify NI and even major funders like the Big Lottery Fund fully bought in.
Why NI's budget crisis could easily have been avoided
By mirroring other jurisdictions and including multi-year spending plans in our annual budgets, Stormont could have avoided the tension and uncertainty that is plaguing Northern Ireland in 2017.
An economy for all?
The economy is there to serve the public and not the other way round. Scope looks at the inversion of this relationship and why a revolution in economic thinking could have huge benefits for local people.
Is democracy working for Northern Ireland? Not really ....
The publication of a ground-breaking report into the state of democracy in Northern Ireland this week could not have been better timed.
Another fudge for Integrated Education
Integration is an oversubscribed aspect of our education system but continually faces barriers to growth. The burial of a new, independent and departmentally-commissioned report is just the latest example.