Money has not always been dominated by national currencies. For most of our history, money was something inherently local, often with more than one currency operating within a locality and with varying rates of exchange. Even in the modern era, complementary currencies continue to be invented and used.
The Pandemic – A Tipping Point for a Green Future
The climate emergency has been, as it so often is, pushed to the sidelines when more evidently immediate dangers emerge. Global lockdowns have hampered the visibility of the climate movement just at the moment when international climate strikes were making headlines and forcing politicians to take the issue seriously.
COP26 Project 2020-2021
In the run up to the 2021 COP26 climate summit, which was originally scheduled for November 2020, we have been collating diverse accounts from people around the world on themes that cover climate adaptation, alternative economic models, and case studies from a range of different communities.
The A-Level results disaster and its repercussions in the publishing industry
This year’s A-Level results saw dramatic changes to the ways in which results were determined in light of the absence of exams, with an algorithm being introduced to calculate results on the basis of the prior attainment of the student, and the historic record of the school.
A lack of authentic stories: the consequences of monopoly and monopsony in publishing
Earlier this year, author L.L. McKinney started the Twitter hashtag #PublishingPaidMe, calling for authors to share the advances they had received for their books. The results revealed that Black authors with well-established fanbases still found it difficult to secure advances[…]
Supporting a diverse, independent publishing industry
The impacts of COVID-19 on all sectors have been immense, but perhaps one of those hardest hit is the independent publishing industry. Already heavily reliant on events to garner income, as well as book sales, with no dedicated financial support from the government, many small publishers across the UK are on the brink of closure.
Artistic Visualisations of Climate Data
Art and science can unite to bring better understanding to important issues. In a series of interactive videos, the United Nations has outlined some of the impacts of climate change on the world. “Heartbeat of the Earth” – an Artistic Take on Scientific Climate Data – is a series of experimental artworks inspired by climate data.
Uniting Narratives With Arts
One of Scotland’s primary non-for-profit organizations, which aims to foster cross-cultural exchanges between Latin America and Scotland, has announced the programme of their online TraDigital Festival to take place between 23rd to 27th July.
A look at R.D. Laing
Ronald David Laing, better known as R. D. Laing, wrote extensively about psychosis, leading pioneering new perspectives in treatment that changed how other doctors and society as a whole viewed people with mental health problems.
Time to open up publishing
A new report looking at publishing in the UK reveals to what extent people from disadvantaged backgrounds are under-represented