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There is cross-party consensus that we need to improve the thermal efficiency of the UK’s homes. Not only will it help to bring down energy bills for hard pressed consumers, but will also reduce carbon emissions, and the number of deaths caused by cold amongst vulnerable people each winter.
The 2014 Employee Ownership Association Annual Conference in Nottingham was the largest yet. Around 500 delegates attended a day of seminars and keynotes to hear how their membership is successfully laying the foundations for a new economy based on the principle of employee engagement.
Make your own pick, but mine would be the spectacle, a little while ago, of Kirsty Wark ‘interviewing’ the Cookie Monster from the Muppet Show on Newsnight. The point? Who knows, other than it was someone’s idea of a good laugh, largely at Wark’s expense.
As argued in ResPublica’s previous report, Virtuous Banking,  our financial bodies have the potential to be among society’s most transformative institutions. By placing ethos and purpose at the heart of finance, our financial institutions would be able to reclaim their civic purpose and begin again to promote growth and empower their communities and society.
A favourite game is the one where you ask friends which of our current practices will look most ridiculous and unacceptable in 50 years’ time. In other words, what will be the early 21st century’s equivalent of slavery?
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