Queen Elizabeth II, who died last month, was almost universally popular - in sharp contrast to many of her Prime Ministers. So while a monarchy is undemocratic, is it actually a good idea?
Can we move from stress to slow living?
Stress is one of the scourges of modern living - so it makes sense to make slowing down a key tenet of the New Ism. But how?
What can we do about climate change?
With heatwaves and drought becoming increasingly common across the world, it's unquestionable that the climate is changing, and that human activity is behind that change. So why aren't we doing anything? And what should we do?
Food is a basic need, but too often its availability is impacted by economic factors outside the control of normal people. How can we ensure reliable access to food in a new ism? It’s a straightforward question that raises extremely complex issues! Alex Matthews: We’re living in difficult times at the moment, with political and … Continue reading Rethinking Food
The Inner Development Goals: How we can all drive change
The Inner Development Goals is a framework established to empower people to live ‘purposeful, sustainable and productive lives’, with the ultimate aim of supporting and achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
A happy new ism
We all live our lives in pursuit of happiness - but is it actually making us genuinely happy? As we approach an extra-long bank holiday weekend in the UK with its promise of celebration and time with family, Mel and Alex discuss what makes us happy - and whether society is helping us to achieve that.
Is the system starting to change?
The World Economic Forum took place in Davos this week. There were some interesting discussions around the social economy, and there are other alternative ideas and voices springing up across the world. Have we finally reached a tipping point or is it just talk?
Catalysing Systems Change
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.
Peacekeeping in the New Ism – should we keep the United Nations?
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?
A fashionable 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?