Catalyst 2030 is an organisation that brings together social entrepreneurs and innovators from across the world and across sectors in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Mel is a member and talks to Alex about what it involves and their ambitious goals.
The United Nations was created in the wake of the Second World War to maintain global peace - but it is too big, and too slow to do that anymore. So how would we create and maintain peace in the New Ism?
As a society, we like our clothes cheap and fast. But the impact that's having on the people that make them, and on the environment, is ruinous. What would a fashionable new ism look like?
Mel Young: For The New Ism we have looked at issues around sustainability and economics among other weighty issues, but we haven’t discussed where creativity might sit in the spectrum. Allowing our imagination to run around is not only good fun but it has also led to the creation of many things. Books, films, pictures … Continue reading How important is creativity in a new ism?
The media is possibly the most powerful institution in any country - but the rise of fake news, state control and social platforms is eroding its trustworthiness. What can be done?
There are no words to properly describe the news coming out of Ukraine, as the Putin regime continues its unprovoked invasion of this peaceful country. How can we avoid war in a new ism? Is it even possible?
We talk a lot - rightly - about the importance of preventing climate change in order to avoid environmental catastrophe. Less discussed is nature - the need to protect and preserve it but also its ability to teach us.
Trust in our institutions is in short supply, but it's crucial to a happy, healthy society. How can we rebuild it?
Much of the news around climate change is negative - and that's important, because we must understand the gravity of our situation. But we need some inspiration too: that's why initiatives like The Earthshot Prize are so important.
Mel Young: I am interested in the notion that there are too many charities in the UK. I wonder what it means to have charities in society. If a country has lots of charities, is it a good thing? You could say that it was an indication of a society that cared and people were … Continue reading SHould we have charities?