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The need for new politics in NI
This month Belfast hosted Imagine! - a "festival of ideas and politics". Scope speaks to director Peter O'Neill about why he thinks it was important and his hopes for making it an annual event.
Gender quotas? Do me a favour - politicians are all the same anyway
Political commentator Alex Kane explains why quotas for female politicians will never get his vote.
Saving the Festival is like nailing legs to a cadaver and telling it to walk
Tom Collins who had oversight of the Belfast Festival at Queens for 11 years explains why he believes it cannot be saved.
BIG new youth fund has fresh focus
Collaboration with youth at every stage is a new requirement for any groups looking to access some of the Big Lottery's new £50m pot aimed at Empowering Young People.
A lost opportunity: how the public sector could grow the economy by promoting innovation
The public sector currently spends £2.7 billion a year. Scope examines how this massive spending power could be used to grow the economy and produce better services
The case for gender quotas in politics
In the past week female representation in politics has been at the forefront of debate. But has a new Stormont report moved anything forward - and was it wrong to rule out quotas? Scope examines the issue.
Lagan Valley MLAs on Twitter: what's the worst that could happen?
The Shakespearean horror of one MLA's destruction through salvation dominates our latest social media overview, as Scope turns to the greater Lisburn area (no doubt a big influence on the bard).
Sticking to the knitting: the real threat to charities
Scope examines how government is undermining the independence of charities.
East Belfast MLAs on Twitter: the calm before the storm
Scope visits East Belfast soon to be the scene of a ferocious General Election contest to check out its MLAs online activity.
Analysis: new age discrimination laws will discriminate against children
Policy makers responsible for Northern Ireland’s long awaited age discrimination legislation are themselves being accused of age discrimination.
Playing Our Part: how the BBC is redefining charity appeals
BBC Northern Ireland has been breathing new life into its most venerable institution, the charity appeal. Scope reports.
Opinion: spare the fireworks, change some minds
Public discourse is peppered with bombast. It has no use and dilutes the quality of debate - if you want people to rethink their opinions then pick your words more carefully.