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Common Threads – August

Interesting things we’ve been reading, watching or listening to this month:

  • Controversial new paper on the development movement – A discussion of a new paper on how ‘[big-D] Development “depoliticises poverty by viewing it as a technical problem to be ‘solved’,” [small-d] development “recognises the political nature of poverty and inequality that requires long-term structural change.”’ And Duncan Green’s response to the paper, expressing frustration at the lack of inclusion of NGO voices in the analysis.
  • The value of nature – Monbiot argues against the monetarisation of nature: “If we allow the discussion to shift from values to value – from love to greed – we cede the natural world to the forces wrecking it.”
  • Being primed with ‘individual choice’ makes people more accepting of inequality.
  • Tim Jackson on the “G” word – After Rio, Tim says we need to start talking about the religion of ‘growth’: “Prosperity is more social and psychological, it’s about identification, affiliation, participation in society and a sense of purpose. And you could in principle build a society in which people were fulfilling their needs and flourishing as human beings in a higher way than in a consumer society, provided you had the right investments in the opportunity to flourish in less materialistic ways.”
  • Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage – “Unlike financial fraud or terrorist attacks, climate change does not register, emotionally, as a wrong that demands to be righted.”
  • People don’t like shocking adverts, the ASA find, so how should organisations convey reality?
Richard Hawkins

About Richard Hawkins

Richard is Director of the Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC), and has led PIRC’s work on Common Cause over the past 3 years. He’s facilitating over 80 workshops across the Third Sector and civil society in the UK and Europe. He is a core team member of Smart CSOs, a co-founder of Campaign Lab and a fellow of the RSA.