“Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave?”

When the technology we rely on makes mistakes, what should we do? It feels like a simple question with a simple answer:…

Posted by Events on October 17th, 2017

The secret employability programme on your high street

Graham, who’s in his early 60s, has been unemployed now for over five years. Health problems brought a 15-year career as a…

Posted by Events on October 6th, 2017

Hello, Robot

Last year, Beauty.AI held an online beauty contest, but with a twist: it was “judged by robots”. Beauty.AI was going to be…

Posted by Events on September 22nd, 2017

The Age of the Social Entrepreneur

Writing 20 years ago at Demos, Charles Leadbeater introduced to the mainstream the then-fringe idea of combining business and charitable…

Posted by Events on September 21st, 2017

Still a Long Road Ahead in Fight Against Digital Extremism

With Theresa May speaking at the UN this week, the subject of extremist use of the web is back in the headlines….

Posted by demos on September 20th, 2017

Democracy goes digital

Politics has always been an arena for disagreement and heated arguments, and this sometimes results in insults directed at elected officials –…

Posted by Events on September 15th, 2017

We need to talk about gambling

If there was ever any doubt, the recent publication of statistics by the Gambling Commission reaffirmed the extent to which gambling,…

Posted by Events on September 14th, 2017

Why do we still use cash?

We are using less cash each year. In 2015, cash made up only 45% of paymentsDigital democracy: overview of attempts at online governance

The internet has changed everything. We shop online, work online, and entertain ourselves online; we find jobs and partners online. It’s even…

Posted by Events on August 23rd, 2017

GE2017 policy U-turns: part of healthy democracy or a sign of a broken system?

What do school lunches, social care plans, students’ fees, winter fuel payments, pension pots, energy prices, grammar schools and british…

Posted by Events on August 10th, 2017

Damned if you do, damned if you won’t

Astonishing new polling published by YouGov has revealed that 61 per cent of ‘Leave’ voters would be prepared to see the…

Posted by demos on August 1st, 2017

Is informal childcare an untapped resource for Londoners?

The Holiday Childcare Survey 2017, released today by the Family and Childcare Trust, contains few surprises. The bottom line is that parents…

Posted by Events on July 20th, 2017

Make space for fabrication and future makers

Much thought is being invested in the question of how the UK can improve its industrial strategy, and how we train young…

Posted by Events on July 18th, 2017

UK GDP figures show growth slowed sharply in Q1 2017, amid a fragile political situation, Brexit and falling real wages

Today saw the release of the second estimate for GDP and revised figures for business investment in the first quarter of 2017. …

Posted by Events on June 30th, 2017

Activists, Not Bots: An Analysis of #VoteLabour Tweeters

The surprise election result has produced a lot of early responses, which offer avenues for more detailed research.  Amongst these have been…

Posted by Events on June 22nd, 2017

Capturing unmet needs

Demos has a long-standing interest in the social and financial impact of disability and health conditions. People living with serious health conditions…

Posted by Events on June 21st, 2017

Positive Online Debate: A Rough Guide

Of all the lessons learned from the election result, two in particular have the potential to re-shape future campaigns.  The first is…

Posted by Events on June 16th, 2017

Amid the chaos, might politics now be in a better shape to bring the country together?

In the natural world, earthquakes function to dissipate the pressure building up between opposing tectonic plates. In the political world, however, it…

Posted by Events on June 14th, 2017

Youth turnout: the new wisdom

In the cacophony of post-election analysis, one narrative has stood out: it appears the youth turnout rate surged. We do not yet…

Posted by Events on June 14th, 2017

One-way conversations: Examining the tactics of Twitter’s most talkative parliamentary candidates

It is tempting to think of social media as a great enabler of democratic participation. Online platforms lower the bar…

Posted by Events on June 5th, 2017