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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.
Modern slavery needs modern solutions
The justice system is adapting relatively quickly to the horror that is modern slavery - but while efforts are stepping up to eradicate the problem, there still needs to be more support for victims.
Charities: the terrible price of addressing symptoms not causes of social problems
The debate about how to enhance the independence of charities took a new turn this week with a startling intervention from Fiona Weir, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.
Changing faces of the youths of today
Ardoyne Youth Enterprise helps young people in one of Northern Ireland’s most deprived areas. But times are changing, and the group is changing with them.
Social innovation never stops
Northern Ireland needs greater focus on innovative solutions. Substantial and dedicated funding would help – but good ideas are just as necessary.
Lifeline: the fall out
It has often been claimed that charities fail to speak out on important policy issues for fear of losing funding
The Funding Revolution that gives power to the people
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is an idea whose time has come. Scope examines the model giving communities more power over spending.
The robots are coming and taking our jobs
The Bank of England estimates that two thirds of all jobs are capable of being automated within 20 years. Scope examines the implications for the Third Sector.
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.
The writing class that transforms lives
Young people who leave school with no qualifications are often written off by the rest of society. Scope explores a project that reveals amazing untapped potential.
Omens are grim as Universal Credit arrives
Next week sees the beginning of the roll out of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland.
The media struggles to report on battling ideas unless there is a real battle involved. Covering concepts is inherently difficult but it could still be done better – whether you are talking health reform, or identity politics.
Strategy need to support attainment
Never mind academic selection, the ILiAD report identifies several wider issues that affect academic attainment. These need to be dealt with together.
Is music the answer to culture wars?
Brendan McAleer, Regional Director of Ulster Comhaltas explains how he is trying to turn the cultural war on its head.