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Spirit Level Documentary

Based around the best-selling book The Spirit Level, this film will look at how the rising gap between rich and poor has impacted on our societies. How has it risen? Why does it impact on society? And could greater equality really benefit everyone, even the rich? They will talk to people from around the world, […]

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In a rush? The Spirit Level in 3 minutes.

This film was made to promote the book The Spirit Level  by the puppeteers Karey Fisher, Tinca Leahy and Babycakes Romero

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I have met Pre-distribution. It Wears Clogs, Eats Chocolate, and Works Part-Time.

Originally posted on Alexandre Afonso:
“Predistribution” is Labour’s new policy buzzword. It’s been all over the news. Policy Network has events and publications about it, the BBC talks about it, Ed Milliband talks about it, David Cameron ridicules it. Predistribution is supposed to be the new silver bullet for the centre-left, the agenda that will both…

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Richard Wilkinson on “Why Inequality Matters”

From the TED Talks web site:  “For decades, Richard Wilkinson has studied the social effects of income inequality and how social forces affect health.  In The Spirit Level, a book co-authored with Kate Pickett, he lays out reams of statistical evidence that, among developed countries, societies that are more equal – with a smaller income gap between […]

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Q&A with Richard Wilkinson

Originally posted on TED Blog:
In 2009, epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett published the book The Spirit Level, making a bold case that economic inequality within a society, the size of the gap between rich and poor, has corrosive effects from the bottom of society right up to the top. Wilkinson spoke about their…

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Research on Inequality

Research shows a strong correlation between income inequality and a number of health measures and social problems, including life expectancy, mental illness, levels of trust, children’s educational performance, imprisonment rates and social mobility. To suggest that these relationships are causal does not involve a major departure from what we know already.  All of these problems are strongly […]

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