Mel Young: The G7 is meeting in the UK from tomorrow, and it is grabbing a lot of attention. The issue of taxation of global tech companies has already been aired. But I wonder why it is the remit of the G7 to make decisions about global taxation? I hadn’t really clocked which countries made … Continue reading Should the G7 be making decisions on behalf of the entire world?
As the world opens up again, people are, understandably, looking forward to ‘going back to normal’. But the pandemic, as well as all the horror and grief, also offered humanity the opportunity to pause and consider our relationship with the planet and with others. By going back to normal, will we squander the opportunity to … Continue reading Returning to normal: a squandered opportunity?
In the wake of elections in the UK last week, Mel and Alex discuss leadership and what politics could look like with a very different type of politician... Alex Matthews: We had big local elections across much of the UK last week, so there has been a lot of discussion about leadership, and it’s made … Continue reading Should social entrepreneurs become politicians?
For a couple of days in April, all anyone could talk about was the European Super League, which was essentially an attempt by Europe's richest football (soccer) clubs to create a closed league that would make them even richer. The fans rose up in protest and the scheme was very quickly abandoned. The backlash came … Continue reading The European Super League: a microcosm of the global economic system
We did our 'conversation blog' in a slightly different format this week - as a conversation! We were participating in a series of webinars organised by The Impact Trust and theCollab.world to celebrate Earth Day 2021. Many of Mel and Alex's conversations are based on their perspectives and experiences as members of two generations - … Continue reading Boomer vs Millennial – who will save the planet?
Continuing their regular 'conversation blog', The New Ism's co-founders Mel Young and Alex Matthews discuss our collective identity crisis, and what we can do about it.
'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' is a TV series that attempts to untangle the many threads of history that got us to where we are today. It's an unusual format, an exhibition of themes and footage from the 20th century. In this conversation, Mel and Alex discuss the series from their different perspectives: … Continue reading Can’t Get You Out Of My Head: how we got to where we are
The legendary conservationist Jane Goodall said in a talk recently that humans need to learn to work with our hearts as well as our heads, like animals, when it comes to protecting the planet. We discuss her ideas and how to make them a reality.
The New Ism's co-founders are from different generations - Mel Young is a Baby Boomer, and Alex Matthews is a Millennial. In their weekly conversation blogs - and indeed in all the work they do - they draw on their differing experiences to ask questions and reach conclusions that are pan-generational. Alex Matthews: One of … Continue reading The pandemic has made us all environmentalists – now it’s the turn of leaders to act
The coronavirus pandemic has put a temporary stop to almost all international travel, and many are dreaming of foreign holidays as a way to cope with prolonged lockdown restrictions. But air travel is a huge contributor to carbon emissions: should we use what we've learned from the pandemic to change the way we think about … Continue reading Has international travel had its day?