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Entries from March 2011

Migration, Culture & Mental Health

March 23rd, 2011 · Comments

Do we really understand the circumstantial and cultural differences that can impact on mental health?

In this podcast we discuss equality and the stigma still largely attached to mental health issues, creating awareness on different cultural beliefs that can often make access to services difficult, and the issue of making access to counselling and mental health care more readily available to ethnic minority communities. We particularly explore the plight of refugees and asylum seekers.

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Bertine de Jongh: has extensive experience in the area of migration and mental health, both as a researcher and practitioner and

Josephine Gikuyu -  a Community Development Worker [for BME Communities & Mental Health Promotion] for NHS Kingston and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

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Diversity & Inclusion

March 15th, 2011 · Comments

The battle for inclusion in the areas of race and gender has had many successes and most organisations have policies in place to ensure inclusion in these areas. However in the area of Disability there is still a battle to be fought. Many organisations still are not inclusive in the area of disability and a significant proportion of people are denied their basic human rights. This podcast hears from three people active in the field of social inclusion and what they have done to ensure there is inclusion for all.

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Public Engagement & Politicans

March 11th, 2011 · Comments

This short podcast looks at the problem of engaging with politicians in the public sphere in a way that breaks down the barriers of party and ideology.

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What Is God?

March 11th, 2011 · Comments

In the 21st century religion has become increasingly under debate as many religions have become the “new politics” and as many non-theists challenge the very notion of a “God!” The whole question of what is God is important for both the believer and the non-believer. Understanding what each of us means by that if we mean anything at all is an exercise in mutual tolerance and understanding. On this Podcast sixc speakers give a different view of what they believe the concept of God is. They are Elaine Storkey is the UK President of Tearfund, and a well-known conference speaker and lecturer in theology, Humera Khan is one of the most important Muslim voices speaking and writing in Britain today,Jay Lakhani a Hindu educationalist promoting Hindu education in schools, colleges and universities in the UK. Jay Lakhani is also the director of the Hindu council in UK, Laurie Taylor. Laurie's career began with a stint as a librarian, after which he became a professional actor, then an English teacher before joining the Sociology Department of the University of York, where he went on to become Professor of Sociology, Chris Parish directs the London Centre of EnlightenNext, the organization dedicated to supporting the development of Andrew Cohen's teaching work and Andrew Pakula represents the Unitarian tradition and is a Minister as well as being the Director of UK Spirituality. This Podcast was based on a meeting we held in 2010.

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Child Trafficking

March 9th, 2011 · Comments

Trafficking is a huge global problem that happens in both developing and developed countries. Although there are no exact figures of the numbers of children trafficked, it is estimated by the UN that half of all victims of trafficking are children. This Podcast looks at the issue of Child Trafficking and considers what we can do about it. Speakers are Baroness Mary Goudie who led the campaign for ratification of the United Nations’ Treaty on Human Trafficking and a subsequent Treaty of the Council of Europe on Human Trafficking and Simon Chorley, the Advocacy & Partnerships Officer for STOP THE TRAFFIK, a growing global movement of individuals and organisations working through local communities to tackle human trafficking.

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Ecology, Politics, and Consciousness

March 9th, 2011 · Comments

The age-old question that faces us anew in the 21st Century is - Do you have to make people good before you get a good society or do you have to create a good society in order that people can be good? This is the subject of this Podcast and is based upon a meeting that we held in co- operation with EnlightenNext.

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GlobalNet21 & Public Engagement

March 7th, 2011 · Comments

In this Podcast Francis Sealey of GlobalNet21 talks about the importance of public engagement and how GlobalNet21 (21st Century Network) goes about this.

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From Financial Meltdown to Financial Sustainability

March 7th, 2011 · Comments

Transforming our financial system to one that promotes sustainability is a major challenge for the 21st century and one that requires bold, radical thinking and collective action. This Podcast looks at how we can move from financial meltdown to financial sustainability. Speakers are Sargon Nissan formerly part of the Business, Finance and Economics team at The New Economic Foundation, Jennifer Morgan from the Finance Lab and Steve Podmore - the Founder of the Global Sustainability Challenge.

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Credit Chaos or Credit Unions

March 6th, 2011 · Comments

Trust in our Banks and finance system is at an all time low, so is there now a future for credit unions – organisations that are set up with communities and run by local communities? In this Podcast with the help of John Fowler of Kent Savers Credit Union and Peter Bussey of ABCUL we discuss the future importance of Credit Unions.

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The Price 0f Truth:Freedom of Information

March 5th, 2011 · Comments

In this Podcast we ask what price are we willing to pay for the truth and how important is freedom of information in democratic and accountable political systems. You will hear Tom Brake MP, Maurice Frankel, director of the UK Campaign for Freedom of Information and Cathy James the Acting Director of Public Concern at Work (PCaW.)

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