In South Africa a range of social solidarity networks have emerged to respond to the COVID-19 hunger crisis. They are a vital part of the societal response because of their speed, innovation, and local responsiveness. They complement the central role of government. Yet the government is struggling to develop this partnership and risks stifling solidarity networks with bureaucratic control.
Government responses to crises are crucial. But the scale and complexity of the current crisis are too great for the government acting alone. It is constrained by its prior way of working, which emphasises standardisation and control. It also lacks information about who is in need (beyond g…
We know it can seem easier to bury your head in the sand, when it comes to the hideous issue of child sexual abuse.
But child sexual abuse is disturbingly common.
Last week, the Australian Federal Police announced it had busted an alleged child sex offender network, warning
child exploitation in Australia is becoming more prolific … this type of offending is becoming more violent and brazen.
The good news is when parents are empowered with accurate information, we can better protect our children.
Why children need to be taught more about their human rights
We are researchers in the prevention of child abuse, working across psychology, education and law.
In 2010, the ethics content of a federal licensing exam for financial advisers was reduced. www.shutterstock.comTesting investment advisers on their knowledge of ethics can lead to better behavior, new research shows.
According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, 630,000 financial representatives and investment advisers provide financial services to half of all American households. Together, these individuals execute nearly US$40 trillion worth of transactions each year.
About 8% of these employees – or one in 12 – have some form of financial misconduct on their records, acc…
Capitalism is in trouble – at least judging by recent polls.
A majority of American millennials reject the economic system, while 55% of women age 18 to 54 say they prefer socialism. More Democrats now have a positive view of socialism than capitalism. And globally, 56% of respondents to a new survey agree “capitalism as it exists today does more harm than good in the world.”
One problem interpreting numbers like these is that there are many definitions of capitalism and socialism. More …
There is an old Yiddish proverb that says “Man plans and God laughs”. Most – if not all – of us have experienced the truth of this proverb, and faced the failure of our plans. No matter how well we are planning, fluid, changing and unpredictable business environments will prevent our plans being fully implemented. So the question is whether we should continue planning, knowing that circumstances will render our plans unviable. Shouldn’t we just “go with the flow” and improvise our way into the future?
Maybe it isn’t a question of either/or, but rather a question of both/and. In t…
Bullying and harassment are not the same as a student or parent being annoying. Teachers are bullied daily by parents and students. They experience the kind of harassment that would be deemed unacceptable in most workplaces. But, in the case of teachers, such treatment is often dismissed as par for the course.
Radio presenter Jon Faine recently suggested we might be overstating students’ bullying behaviour towards teachers. He said:
What now is called bullying is what we used to regard as, you know, kind of giving teachers a hard time and teasing and being little …
Group project experience doesn't automatically translate to competence at collaboration. Challenges are a fact of life. Whether it’s a high-tech company figuring out how to shrink its carbon footprint, or a local community trying to identify new revenue sources, people are continually dealing with problems that require input from others. In the modern world, we face problems that are broad in scope and great in scale of impact – think of trying to understand and identify potential solutions related to climate change, cybersecurity or authoritarian leaders.
Prison education programs have been shown to lead to better employment rates for those who have served time. In 2007, I gave someone a second chance. I was in Danbury Federal Correctional Institution recruiting women for a new program for people returning from prison that I was running in New York City.
A woman approached me and handed me her portfolio. It was basically a detailed resume of her accomplishments, skills and goals for the future.
Over a two-year period before this, I had visited at least six female facilities in New York and ...
Harnessing adolescents’ readiness to help can be good for them and their communities. No longer children but not yet adults, adolescents need opportunities to learn and prepare for their entrance into the broader society. But, as schooling increasingly extends the adolescent period and teenagers get dismissed as supposedly selfish and irresponsible, has society forgotten an important developmental need of our youth?
As a developmental scientist who focuses on adolescence, I reviewed dozens of studies and found that this age group has a fundamental need t…
The international research is clear. Stimulating and positive environments early in life provide optimal foundations for children’s ongoing development into adulthood. This in turn makes a difference to the productivity of society at large. Communities are important environments in which young children grow and develop.
Children are the UK’s most precious resource. More older people are living longer, and it is today’s children who will provide the wealth to support them. So, from an economic perspective, the UK needs healthy, educated, creative, resilient and happy children. Those who can should be able to develop the life skills to become confident adults and parents.
But if we any aspiration to be a compassionate society, we must make sure that those who can’t …
Getting a good dose of nature can boost your mental health. When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health.
A traumatic memory can be near impossible to shake. Most of what you experience leaves no trace in your memory. Learning new information often requires a lot of effort and repetition – picture studying for a tough exam or mastering the tasks of a new job. It’s easy to forget what you’ve learned, and recalling details of the past can sometimes be challenging.