Monthly Archives: July 2012


Changing the self must come before changing the system. With thanks to HJ for inspiration.

King Alexander, every man can possess only so much of the earth’s surface as this we are standing on. You are but human like the rest of us, save that you are always busy and up to no good, travelling so many miles from your home, a nuisance to yourself and others!… You will soon be dead, and then you will own just as much of the earth as will suffice to bury you Jain philosophers, India, fourth century BCE

The Political Mind, George Lakoff George Lakoff explores how a better understanding of our brain’s wiring could fundamentally not only our conception of language but also of progressive politics. Progressives are attached to the Enlightenment ideal of the rational logical individual. Lakoff peels away the layers of reality to reveal how our lives are constructed through language and metaphor formed in our earliest years and in the family setting. The two most basic, ‘deep frames’ we hold are family ones […]

In early June, UK Youth Climate Coalition and Concern Universal supported students from Hereford Sixth Form College and Hereford Cathedral School in a debate on climate change and development at the Hay Festival. Photo credit Viv Mair