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Will we see secondhand ebooks in the future?

This is a guest blog post by Karen Martin, who also blogs for bookleteer. You can connect on our site with Giles Lane, director of Proboscis who developed the bookleeter app.

Digitisation of a product often brings about a shift from the tangible to the immaterial. For example, exchanging music used to be about swapping CDs. Now we email MP3 files.  This change has implications for how these products are shared and exchanged as we no longer have to give away an item to be able to share. Russell D...

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The impact of digital on zines

This is a guest blog post by Hazem Tagiuri, who also blogs for bookleteer. You can connect on our site with Giles Lane, director of Proboscis who developed the bookleeter app.

‘Zines’: will they survive the digital?

Recently I've been looking at ‘zines’, independent publications with small circulations, and how the way they are created and read is changing with the digital age.What happens to the hand-made aesthetic of zines when publication goes digital? And how much will this affect the valu...

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From Paper to Pixels

This is a guest blog post by Karen Martin, who also blogs for bookleteer. You can connect on our site with Giles Lane, director of Proboscis who developed the bookleeter app.

Kathryn, manager of this website, invited me to write about the current shift in publishing from paper books to eReaders. I’m going to suggest there are three ways of interacting with books and that the shift from paper to pixels has implications for each of them.

  1. Making:What is the effect on authors, designers and publishe...

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Lessons from foresight initiatives

This morning I was at a meeting of a ‘launch and review group’ for a Youth Foresight Unit being set up by Catch22. Rosie Chadwick, Catch22’s Director of National Programmes, asked me to introduce a discussion about ‘Pitfalls to avoid and ingredients of success’ by reflecting on lessons from our own foresight work. After consulting present and ex-colleagues, this is what we came up with.

Foresight and strategy

  • Consider from the start how the work will feed into strategic planning and get ...

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An exciting new foresight unit is born

I spent a sunny morning today at a meeting of a ‘launch and review group’ for a Youth Foresight Unit being set up by Catch22. The meeting brought together Catch22 staff with some futurists, some policy stakeholders and the funder of the Unit, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (also a previous funder of our work).

One of the last things I did before going on maternity leave a year ago was talk to Rosie Chadwick, Catch22’s Director of National Programmes, about her dream for a Youth Foresight ...

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The Big Society: localism and a sustainability perspective

This is a guest post from Chris Church, Director of Community Environment Associates (CEA) and Chair of the UK Low Carbon Communities Network.

It is the first half of his paper (reproduced here with his kind permission), so grab yourself a cuppa before you settle in to read. And then have a look at the concluding part of his paper.

Introduction

‘Think Global, Act Local’ has been a core tenet of much environmental thinking for four decades. With that in mind new moves to localism and more community ...

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Implications of the budget

First, apologies for the dry title: it feels like the puns have been taken a little too far, for example in the constant references to ‘axes’ across the front pages of all the major newspapers today. 

These give a pretty clear sense of the overall tone of the budget.  But how does that affect voluntary and community organisations, and more important, how can we anticipate and plan for the changes that may come as a result in the way we work, who we help, and who funds us?

Some major implicat...

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Lessons from Labour

Some time back, I wrote about the lessons from the fall-out from One Alfred Place’s change of strategy, which was seen by some members as a voiding of the terms under which they joined the Club. We may now be seeing similar patterns at play in political party membership.

Maybe it’s something about the British loving an underdog, but Labour Party membership dramatically increased – with daily recruitment levels up 1000% (though from what must have been very low numbers based on a back of the...

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Is climate change a gendered problem?

Gender and the Climate Change Agenda

The Women’s Environmental Network certainly argue that it is. In their recently launched report ‘Gender and the Climate Change Agenda’ (PDF), WEN state that

because of prescribed gender roles, and the fact that, the world over, women are more likely to live in poverty than men, women are disproportionately affected by climate change

WEN argue that set gender roles, including responsibility for food production and preparation, water collection and health pr...

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Political legitimacy and membership

There's a good suggestion made on the Power 2010 campaign. It argues that:

No political Party should be registered with the Electoral Commission unless it has a democratic constitution which can be changed by a majority of its members on the basis of one member one vote.

This suggests an interesting idea - that part of the blame for the undemocratic nature of parliament and people's feelings of a lack of accountability stems from the fact that the membership of these parties themselves is undemocr...

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