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Well-Being and Action for Happiness

This is a chapter from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout July and August 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas.

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If a little Big Society does not work, try tons

It is timely to recall not only Parliament but also some words about riots from David Cameron in 2009 and Boris Johnson in 2006. In the summer of 2009, David Cameron warned that there would be trouble if Gordon Brown were to win an election through pretending that there was no need for reductions in public spending but then had to make cuts: ‘That would be the worst of it: you go into an election pretending you are not going to have to make spending reductions, then you have to make them, and then you really do have riots on the streets because people do not have faith in their politicians.’

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Character, Civic Virtue and the Big Society

This is a chapter from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout July and August 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas.

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Co-operative or not?

This is a chapter from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout July and August 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas.

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A Turning Point

This is the opening chapter from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout July and August 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas.

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A New Political Settlement

This is the foreword from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout July and August 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas.

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Generation Y can energise the Big Society

In his keynote speech on the Big Society last month, David Cameron declared that "Alongside the task of building a dynamic economy...we must build a bigger, stronger society". For him, “the Big Society is not some fluffy add-on to more gritty and more important subjects. [The Big Society] is about as gritty and important as it gets – giving everyone the chance to get on in life and make our country a better place to live". One key group that can help the PM deliver on that mission is Generation Y's young professionals. Their energy, ideas, skills and optimism are key to delivering the government's flagship vision for a Big Society. Charities,

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The Media Hacking Crisis: Much Worse Than You Think

The investigation into the ‘hacking scandal’ at News International is far more serious for the media as a whole than most commentators believe. It is not just mobile phone hacking of a few celebrities by a couple of NI journalists. The seriousness of the situation should now be obvious to all but the most obtuse media hack following the House of Commons unprecedented resolution requiring News Corp to withdraw the BSkyB bid. Even this unprecedented event does not capture the scale of the damage that is about to be inflicted on the press. It is not just the hacking of mobile phones (itself a criminal offence) but also obstruction and perversion

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The Big Society's saving grace

ResPublica recently hosted a talk by Robert Putnam, the Harvard professor who is author of Bowling Alone and now co-author, with David Campbell of the University of Notre Dame, of American Grace. American Grace, describes the impact that going to church, synagogue, mosque or temple has on society.

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Who puts the ‘community’ in community ownership?

‘The decision by a community-based organisation to take over the management of a building is a declaration of hope that the future can be better than the past. That hope can spread throughout the neighbourhood and community. The building and activities that take place within in it become a focus for local energy and the building becomes the practical vehicle through which a vision of a better future can be achieved’.

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