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Blog – Meetup: Cambridge City Council’s Anti-poverty Strategy

As part of our regular meetups, The Cambridge Commons invites speakers to discuss their work related to inequality in Cambridge. At our most recent event, we were delighted to be joined by David Kitson and Helen Crowther talking about the City Council’s Anti-poverty Strategy including Helen’s role as Equality and Anti-poverty Officer. What are the

Blog: Conversations Project

In the TCC project Cambridge Conversations, we are aiming to understand the lived experience of inequality in Cambridge.     Inequality makes it hard for us to understand how other people from a different backgrounds experience life, particularly in Cambridge given inequality levels are so high.Our approach is to use guided conversations that build a picture of

Blog – Red Hen Project: Improving life chances in North Cambridge

By Susan Hart and Lesley Dee Where would you find baked beans and washing powder in filing cabinets? In the office of The Red Hen Project! What is The Red Hen Project? The Red Hen Project is a small local charity which, for over 20 years now, has been working with and supporting families to overcome

Blog – Keeping an eye on 2027: what are we aiming for in education?

I have been doing a lot of reading recently about inequality and education. It’s all pretty discouraging stuff: social mobility is falling; school exclusions are rising, often due to social inequalities beyond a school’s control; GSCE performance is rising slightly but there are concerns about the costs to pupils’ health. Are we teaching the pupil

Blog – Inequality and AI

At first blush, inequality and artificial intelligence (AI) don’t see to have much in common, but scratch the surface and they begin to look like twins separated at birth.  Artificial intelligence is the creation of software that can improve itself, to the point where it might enable machines to become sufficiently human-like for us to

Blog – Austerity, austerity, austerity

Universal credit began its roll out in Cambridge on 17th October, gradually to start off with, just new claims or people whose circumstances change. The full-scale transfer of all those on the relevant unemployment and in work benefits will come later. A few days later the government used their autumn budget to declare the beginning

Blog – Inequality in Britain ‘bleak’ according to public body

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) report ‘Is Britain Fairer?’ was released last week in pre-publication format. You can download the report here – https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/britain-fairer-2018 The report outlines how inequalities are continuing to blight British society; suggesting some groups within our society are being ‘forgotten or left behind’. Producing this report is a statutory

Promoting equality in Cambridge: our AGM with Robert Porrer

It’s been a significant year in the life of The Cambridge Commons and our AGM this past Thursday was an opportunity to take stock. In just 12 months we have: run 17 events in the imagine2027 series with 3,000+ seat reservations built a mailing list of 1,300+ supporters of greater equality run a forum for

Blog – Big Tent Ideas Festival

The “Big Tent Ideas Festival” Babraham, Cambs, 8 September 2018.   Some thoughts the “Big Tent” event attended recently by TCC Member Kimon Roussopoulos.   The event was co-chaired by George Freeman MP (Con, briefly was Life Sciences minister) and (Baroness) Sally Morgan, sometime Blair advisor in Number 10 and other capacities.  It was the

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