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Governments traditionally measured performance by looking at Gross Domestic Product – the value of goods and services. These days the emphasis has shifted to measuring wellbeing – how people feel about their lives.
Westminster turns to people power to help tackle climate change
The UK’s planned new Citizen’s Assembly – specifically set up to look at climate change – could be good news for democracy and the planet, and also provide a positive legacy for an otherwise dire term of parliament.
The Wisdom of the Ages: working longer lives
It’s great that people are living longer, the flip side is that we have to work for longer too.
Why social mobility is going backwards
Improving social mobility is a central policy objective of all mainstream political parties.
Some good news, at last
There has been one piece of very good news for Northern Ireland in an otherwise gloomy, Brexit dominated week.
No news is bad news - the death of the press
Newspapers are dying. This is not just a tragedy for journalism, it is also a threat to democracy. There is a need for a public policy response before it is too late.
How to feed the world
This week the great and the good gathered at Davos for the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting.
Teach your children well: the science of lasting peace
Experts from Northern Ireland have helped write a landmark paper which could help to build a more peaceful world.
The future face of democracy? NI's Citizen's Assembly
Earlier this week an important experiment in the exercise of democracy took place in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland government: time to fix the system
The crisis in Northern Ireland has spread from frustration at the political impasse to disillusionment and anger at the entire system of government.
Give Stormont more powers to fix economy, says think tank
A landmark report into the economy by an influential think tank argues that more devolution is a key element in boosting prosperity.
How to prepare for climate change
A glorious summer has been soured by recent apocalyptic headlines about multiple future deaths as summer temperatures rise.
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?