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by Philippe Bihouix  |  21st October 2020

Philippe Bihouix outlines how a low-tech alternative exists to our society hell-bent on extraction, production and consumption, and how we must reinvent our modes of production to build a more resilient, equitable and sustainable society.…Read more

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by Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser  |  19th October 2020

In this two-part episode of the Transforming Society podcast, Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser, authors of 'Slow Computing', discuss the consequences of digital technologies, focussing on time acceleration and data extraction, and look at practical ways in which we can create more balanced digital lives, both individually and collectively.…Read more

Close up of clock
by Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser  |  24th September 2020

Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser, authors of 'Slow Computing', look at how our use of digital devices leaves many of us feeling rushed and stressed, and discuss ways we can take back control of our use of tech and how it is used in relation to us. …Read more

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by Thomas Swann  |  5th September 2020

Thomas Swann, author of 'Anarchist Cybernetics', discusses what social media used to be like for activists, how that has changed and why we need to take back control of our technology.…Read more

People using VR headsets outside the Washington monument
by Phil Jones  |  20th August 2020

Phil Jones discusses his Playful Methods Lab and how creative research techniques can be used to develop new approaches to research that might help us to answer the research questions we hadn’t previously thought of.…Read more

Art of person connected to a phone
by Gabriella Warren-Smith  |  29th June 2020

Gabriella Warren-Smith, Founding Director of Cognitive Sensations, an online platform that publishes writing and art exploring the impact of technology on human behaviour and everyday life, discusses whether COVID-19 will change our relationship with digital technology and reflects on the impact of the digital divide in these strange times.…Read more

Hand up in class
by Anwesa Chatterjee, Sarah Cant and Jennie Bristow  |  18th May 2020

Jennie Bristow, Sarah Cant and Anwesa Chatterjee, authors of 'Generational Encounters with Higher Education', discuss whether our current virtual university experience is the way forward for Higher Education.…Read more

Bleeding
by Ligia Teixeira  |  8th May 2020

Ligia Teixeira, co-editor of 'Using Evidence to End Homelessness', explains how evidence-based policies can help bring about a transformation of the homelessness sector.…Read more

Child looking out window
by Clive Diaz  |  10th April 2020

With demand for child protection services increasing as people are asked to stay inside together, Clive Diaz, author of 'Decision Making in Child and Family Social Work', explores how we can keep children, young people, parents and social workers safe.…Read more

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by Geoff Mulgan  |  7th February 2020

Based on Social Innovation by Geoff Mulgan, this briefing summarises some of the key policy tools which national governments have used or considered, and which together provide a menu of options for any future national governments that want to develop a more comprehensive strategy for social innovation.…Read more