Most people agree that we need to improve our economic
system somehow. It threatens our planet through excessive
consumption, distracts us with irrelevant advertising,
leaves people hungry and without healthcare, and fuels
unnecessary wars. Yet we’re also often keen to dismiss the
ideas of its...
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Emile Durkheim is the philosopher who can best help us to
understand why Capitalism makes us richer and yet frequently
more miserable; even – far too often – suicidal.
He was born in 1858 in the little French town of Epinal,
near the German...
This autumn we're harnessing that ‘back to school’
feeling, with GOOD JOB!, a week of work-related special
events. From managing work stress with yoga to learning how
to talk like a leader, the week is designed to help you be
happier, healthier and more...
The system we know as Capitalism is both wondrously
productive and hugely problematic. On the downside,
capitalism promotes excessive inequality; it valorises
immediate returns over long-term benefits; it addicts us to
unnecessary products and it encourages excessive consumption
of the world’s resources with potentially disastrous
It is almost universally agreed that education is hugely
important. But we are not particularly sure what we want
from it. Our large commitment to there being good schools
ironically has not been matched by concern about what they
The aim of education...
The modern world is in love with entrepreneurship. Starting
your own business holds the same sort of prestigious
position as, in previous ages, making a pilgrimage to
Jerusalem or spearing multiple enemies in battle.
However, what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur
Almost certainly, you’ve been having a bad time at work.
In a perfect world, work should do so much for us: lend us
purpose and a sense of achievement, offer us meaning and
comradeship. But invariably, something goes wrong: our
talents feel like they’re...
You might think this bit would be easy, but one of the
hardest things about our working lives is knowing what we
ideally want to do with them. It’s simple enough to sense
what is boring and soul-destroying, but identifying what
would satisfy us...
1. Respond honestly to what you really love
When punk emerged in the mid-70s, the whole fabric of John
Peel’s BBC Radio 1 programme changed overnight. He
abandoned epic 25-minute Prog-Rock overtures made by men in
embroidered capes, and gave over all of his...
When you are able to improvise, almost anything becomes
possible. I really believe that - and just as I was planning
to write this blog post I was handed a wonderful example of
improvisation actually saving people's lives.
But what do I mean by...