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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.
Stormont: why quieter voices need to be heard
It is time that quieter voices were heard in the current political debate.
The art of understanding trauma
Shannon Yee suffered acquired brain injury nearly a decade ago, before composing a show that puts the audience through her experience. She tells Scope about recovery and some of the direct benefits of artistic expression.
Troubles with bubbles
Joe Kenny - @j0ekenny - writes about his experience of being blind and going through Northern Ireland’s education system, and then onto college, in the 80s and 90s.
Sex education in schools – it’s not about sex
Scope speaks with the Family Planning Association about how and why they think local sex education – or, rather, relationship and sexuality education – is inadequate.
The third sector and 2017: uncertainty and necessity
In a difficult period for NI, community and voluntary organisations will be more important than ever, despite facing huge difficulties. Scope speaks with NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey about the current uncertainty.
It's not just politics but government itself that's not working
The prime purpose of government is to devise and implement public policy.
Debate of the week: citizen’s budget
In an era of public dissatisfaction with politics some feel greater engagement from Joe Public can both create better policy and improve the relationship between Stormont and voters.