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?
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a huge surge in fake news, from rumours to full-blown conspiracy theories. It's something that many social entrepreneurs are tackling, and one that The New Ism will explore as part of our conversations for a better global system. Alex Matthews: Social entrepreneur Jimmy Wales and his organisation Wikipedia have been … Continue reading Can fake news be beaten?
More businesses than ever are acting to address social and environmental issues, mindful of the wishes of their consumers. But is it enough? Mel and Alex discuss this focus on planet and people alongside profit, whether it comes from a genuine desire to help, and how young people are leading the way. AM: It’s a … Continue reading Business is taking a more active role in society. But is it enough?
Amanda Gorman electrified the world at the inauguration of Joe Biden, stealing the show with her performance of her poem The Hill We Climb, about the nation's hopes for the future. The New Ism's co-founders Mel and Alex discuss how we can give more young people like Amanda the chance to shine and make a … Continue reading A platform to give a voice to the next Amanda Gorman
Does social entrepreneurship hold the answers to building a brighter future for people and planet? Following the publication of their book, 'Social Entrepreneurship: A better way of thinking about a more sustainable future', Mel and Alex discuss how social entrepreneurs could have the blueprint for building a brighter future. Alex Matthews: I can't believe we … Continue reading Building forward
The British Prime Minister is encouraging people to shop in order to support the economy out of the coronavirus crisis. But we need to change how we shop and what we buy if we are to create a more sustainable way of life. Mel Young and Alexandra Matthews, the founders of The New Ism, are … Continue reading Is shopping the answer?