Network Logic

Our new collection, Network Logic, is now available. We've put the whole thing up but it's quite a big file so you can also download individual chapters. Let us know what you think.

Posted by Paul Miller on 21 Apr 2004
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Emotionally Intelligent Government

"We need a political narrative that connects with modern lives as they are really lived ' which instead of reaching for an unattainable Athenian vision of citizenship actually engages with the everyday choices and aspirations of ordinary people, which helps them to see how the cumulative impact of these choices enlarges or diminishes the possibilities of collective life, and which supports citizens in growing to be better citizens. I call this political narrative emotionally intelli...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 21 Apr 2004
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No More Beauty Queen?

She's not gorgeous. She's doesn't do work for charidee. And you're unlikely to find any photos of her with a wide grin and a tiny bathing suit. But Russian schoolgirl Alyona Pisklova has become an unlikely feminist icon in her homeland after winning twice the number of votes of her nearest competitor in a bid to become Russia's Miss Universe. You can read more about the story here. It seems that Ms Pisklova's unlovely visage has become something of a touchstone for wom...

Posted by on 16 Apr 2004
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The Constituency Project

When we think of political leadership, we tend to think to the top of the tower, to the king of the castle. But high politics are under pressure, unable the reverse the erosion of public trust and the decline of formal participation through voting and party membership. The problem is legitimacy and academics who have wrestled with this dilemma - popularly referred to as the 'democratic deficit' - paint a picture of the 'executization' of parliamentary politics. No where is thi...

Posted by on 16 Apr 2004
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Mentoring is the new house-buying

Forget property renovations shows: TV seems to have got the mentoring bug. Faking It revolved around the Obi-Wan/Luke relationship of the fakes and teachers. Now a new BBC show called Make Me Honest puts a criminal together with a mentor in an attempt to do what the title says. Last night's opener put together a blonde interior designer from Chelsea with a black street mugger from Peckham. Typecasting aside, it was a fascinating account of how chaotic lives and poor lifeskills make mainst...

Posted by on 16 Apr 2004
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More personal services

BBC Online does nice straightforward report on Personalisation through Participation report called-Personalise public services

Posted by on 16 Apr 2004
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Wizards of Oz

I’ve been in Sydney for a conference called Our Shared Future, bringing together 200 or so Brits and Aussies to discuss common political challenges and the role of the UK-Australia relationship in helping to resolve them. Two observations. First, almost all of the Australian speakers have begun their remarks by acknowledging their debt to the indigenous people on whose land they were speaking. It's a small but incredibly powerful civic gesture that really got me thinking about the e...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 16 Apr 2004
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Fat Taxery in Ontario

The government of Ontario has added two lines to its forthcoming budget that the health minister hopes will help dissuade smokers and junk food junkies. The government will rachet up the cigarrette tax, pull high sugar and fatty foods out of school cafeterias and revoke the sales tax exemption currently enjoyed by fast food vendors who sell meals costing less than $4 ('1.80) Estimates suggest that the government stands to raise as much as $200 million from the tax.Childhood obesity is a ...

Posted by on 15 Apr 2004
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(Public) Space Invaders

Hmm. Walked over to the Royal Festival Hall today to buy my lunch, only to find the whole building closed, surrounded by barricades and a pretty impressive police presence.It turns out that BP have taken over for the day, to hold their AGM. I couldn't help feeling that this was a little inappropriate: the RFH is very much a public space, with shops, caf's, a bar, exhibitions, live music and - generally - an area where children are encouraged to play, as well as a wide outdoor area fa...

Posted by on 15 Apr 2004
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personal services

The promise of personalised public services, which are tailored to fits the needs of individual users, could transform the public sector in a way we haven't seen since privatisation in the 1980s. This is the view of Demos associate Charles Leadbeater who writes in today's SocietyGuardian. Demos publishes his new pamphlet Personalisation through Participation which develops the argument further.

Posted by on 14 Apr 2004
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