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Celebrating Tanzania’s food heroes

In Britain, millions of people tuned in to the X Factor last year, or followed along with the Great British Bake Off. Meanwhile, over in Tanzania, people were turning on their TVs to catch Mama Shujaa wa Chakula. It’s a TV talent contest that celebrates women farmers, and pits 16 contestants against each other in […]

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20 supporters of the Universal Basic Income

The basic guaranteed income is one of those ideas, like land value taxation or the Tobin tax, that circles endlessly around. There are times when it’s obscure, and times when it’s being talked about again. It’s currently in the ascendant, and I suspect that it won’t be long before a country bites the bullet and […]

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Five variations on the citizen’s income

This week I’ve been reading Guy Standing’s book Basic Income: and how we can make it happen, which answers just about any question one might have about the basic income. Among the many useful things in the book is a description of the variants on the idea, and the many different names associated with the […]

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Who is most responsible for climate change?

Last week I was at an event where we were discussing sustainability and inequality, and this slide came up in a presentation. It’s from an Oxfam report that you can find here, and it shows per capita emissions in a variety of countries. Specifically, it shows ‘lifestyle consumption emissions’. As it sounds, that’s a measure […]

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Book review: Reinventing Prosperity

A few weeks ago I was at an event where Graeme Maxton and Jorgen Randers presented some of their thinking from their new book. They gave an overview of thirteen ideas to save the world, which included a number of things I’ve covered on the blog, but presented in a perspective I hadn’t heard before. […]

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What is a Participation Income?

One of the policy ideas that I keep an eye on is the citizen’s income, or basic income – a universal safety net paid to all adults in lieu of a complex welfare system, rewarding unpaid work and giving everyone a stake in the economy. I’ve explained what it is and why it’s a good […]

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The Divide Documentary

One of the big steps in drawing inequality back onto the political agenda was the publication of the Wilkinson and Pickett’s The Spirit Level in 2009. It showed the correlations between inequality and a variety of social problems, demonstrating the corrosive nature of inequality on society. Whether you agree with their arguments or roll your […]

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Ten arguments for a Citizens Income

The citizen’s income is an idea on the ascendant at the moment. It’s been languishing forgotten for a couple of decades, but seems to be capturing the imagination again. There are campaigns and discussions, new reports and studies, and several countries actively considering it. There’s a fuller explanation here, but to recap: the citizen’s income […]

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Is Kanye West among the world’s poorest people?

There was much flapping on the Twittersphere last week when rapper Kanye West mentioned that he was $53 million in debt, and asked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for a billion dollars to fund his future ideas. As you do. Whether this is of any interest or not will depend on your appetite for Mr West’s […]

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A global alliance to fight inequality

I know I keep mentioning things related to the World Economic Forum, but it does seem to kick off the year with a blaze of reports and new ideas – and I haven’t even mentioned the official topic yet, the ‘4th industrial revolution‘. But here’s another: the news stories on inequality went to Oxfam’s latest […]

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