Our 2020 podcast series, Bridging the Gaps, was co-organised by Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum. It was a follow-on to our 2019 series Beyond the Obvious, also done in collaboration with the EHFF.
The hosts, Seán O’Conláin and Caroline Whyte, explored a range of topics with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. We uploaded 10 podcasts in the course of 2020. Please feel free to comment below, and check out our 2021 Bridging the Gaps series.
Our thanks to Laoise Kelly who gave us permission to use her harp music. The piece is ‘Princess Beatrice’ …
"What we must try to promise is not rising incomes but security," writes Brian Davey. "That's a fundamental point and I don't find it in the proposals for a Green New Deal, which is all about creating 'well paid jobs'. Since the consumption of our society is a major part of the problem, we have to wrestle with how we reduce our consumption."
This powerpoint and series of posters were prepared by Brian Davey for Frack Free Notts (an anti-fracking campaign in Nottinghamshire in the UK). They provide a succinct overview of the problems with fracking.
In this excerpt from his book Credo, Brian Davey examines the true nature of service-based work, which accounts now for about half of the world's employment. He describes the problems inherent to work in which appearances frequently count for more than actually getting on with the job, placing these issues in the broader context of the extreme instability of the world economy.
The Irish economy needs stimulus and the most effective way to do this is to implement an immediate jobs program backed by newly issued, low-yield tax-backed Jobs Bonds. This will provide the financing necessary for such a program without adding to Ireland’s already substantial interest burden. [...]
The EU's collective austerity programme will do little or nothing to save the problem countries - Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain - from default and the rescue fund set up by the IMF and the ECB will only buy time before they do so. Richard Douthwaite argues that a limited, targeted injection of non-debt-based euros could provide a neat and swift solution to a debt problem the whole eurozone shares.