BLOG - Imagery vs. injury
Our task as 21st century consumers of global media is to manage this double-edged sword of awareness. Gopnik’s call is for us to compassionately respond to the “injuries” of specific events when possible, and refuse to allow repeated imagery to create a “perpetual loop” of fear. I would add that regularly finding a place in the sun without cell reception helps a great deal.
BLOG - The business of social investment
We spend a lot on welfare. According to recent Treasury figures, of the $92.2 billion the Government spends, $50.5 billion flows into welfare, health and education. The thing is, this spending doesn’t necessarily translate into transformed lives. In what I’ve heard wryly described as “trickle-down social policy,” sometimes our most vulnerable don’t actually get the help they desperately need.