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Happiness and where to find it
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence -Aristotle.
On Kindness: rediscovering human nature
What if the spontaneous outbreaks of kindness which have been such a feature of the pandemic were shown to be a true reflection of the human condition, not just a response to a crisis?
Covid-19: The Shadow of Death
Death is not the end. For the bereaved it marks the beginning of grief.
Post Covid-19: A manifesto for communities
The pandemic will change the world, that much we know. The challenge is to change it for the better. Nick Garbutt makes the case for developing community economies.
When this is over, the world must change
One day, hopefully soon the Covid-19 nightmare will be over. And on that day life will not be and should not be the same again.
Why we need a guardian of the future
One of the most difficult challenges for the restored administration at Stormont will be to address long-term challenges.
Better together: the case for government reform
The Northern Ireland government is divided into nine departments, each with clear responsibilities, separate budgets and ministerial leadership.
Stormont: Better outcomes demand better government
If the revived Executive and Assembly is to be a success how it works will be just as important as what it does.
Northern Ireland: more Tallinn than Finchley
We are often told that the UK is a powerful western economy. But that is profoundly misleading.
Transforming Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s new think tank has just published its first piece of work.
Pivotal: Northern Ireland's new think tank
Northern Ireland had the dubious distinction of being the only part of the UK without a think tank, until this week.
Politicians and policy: lessons from Dublin
There is little or no serious discussion about public policy in Northern Ireland, with or without a functioning government. This needs to change.
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.