Coates, Hamilton and the Prophetic Imagination

(AKA, thesis idea, free to a good home) If you have spent any engaging with me about the things I am crazy into at present, you may have found yourself subject to a barrage of enthuasiasm for (1) the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates (a fairly long-running phenomenon in my world), (2) the musical Hamilton, which […]

visiting the very recent past: the 9/11 memorial and museum

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” Virgil, Aeneid IX, 447 When the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened, the fact that it has this quote from the Aeneid on its wall as an epitaph created a kerfuffle because of the original context of the the line, immortalising young men who entered an enemy […]

from the other blog… on abundance.

I’m still writing the occasional post for the blog about the books my faith-and-science reading group are reading. The latest book was Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H Diamandis and Steven Kotler.   Here’s an extract of my thoughts: ‘What is abundance?’ It is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary: (1) A large […]

early days (of a better future)

Sometimes I get emails forwarded to me with a note that just says, “Interested?” Often they’re pretty fun and interesting things, especially as my job is quite wide ranging. Shortly before Christmas my boss sent me one such email, containing the following: “This is an invitation to Early Days (of a better nation) which explores […]

The How of Welfare

The other week I went to a Faith and Public Policy seminar by Nick Spencer called ‘The Why of Welfare.’ Having listened and thought about it, I don’t think it was about the why of welfare – the assumption being, actually, that human welfare matters and should be considered in any society – but about […]

going back to not quite the same place

For those who haven’t noticed, I’m in Mumbai at the moment, at a conference I’ve been a part of organising. It’s been a journey that started a couple of years ago, but became really real to me last May, when I came out here to meet some of the people involved, see the city and […]