On Tuesday I went to talk by Brigadier-General Rhonda Cornum (pictured right), who used to be in charge of the US Army’s $125 million resilience-training programme. The event was also the launch of the Young Foundation’s Resilience project. It was held at Macquarie Bank in the City, in a penthouse office-room full of funders, NGOs Read more…

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It seems Ed Miliband’s Labour opposition have decided David Cameron’s fondness for the politics of well-being is something of an achilles heel. This week, Rachel Reeves, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, “>got a negative story into The Sun (as well as the cartoon, above) about how the costs of Cameron’s happiness measurements policy have Read more…

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In my last newsletter, I wrote a somewhat scathing piece about Martin Seligman, the man behind the US Army’s $140 million resilience training course, in which I argued that Seligman’s model of the good life shirked any clear concept of moral goodness. I was amazed by his suggestion that Osama bin Laden lived a ‘flourishing Read more…

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This is an interview I did way back in 2002, with Kalle Lasn, the founder of Adbusters, which is a Vancouver-based collective of ‘culture jammers’, the inventors of Buy Nothing Day, and the trouble-makers behind the Occupy Wall Street movement. You can read my account of Occupy London here. What was your first foray into Read more…

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So I bought a Kindle yesterday. Yes, boys with toys, another new gadget, I couldn’t resist. I love it. All those new books at a touch of a button. The first book I bought, which you can only get as an e-book, was what the FT called ‘the most talked-about non-fiction book of the year’ Read more…

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