The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Solomon Steinbett: Ecology and Economics - A Blueprint for Survival
Eco-socialist and republican Solomon Steinbett outlines his vision for an economic model based on national self-sufficiency to address the global ecological crisis
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” American Indian Proverb
Ashley Graczyk: My local community can't wait much longer for government to finally sort out Planning
Ashley Graczyk, independent councillor for the Sighthill-Gorgie ward in Edinburgh, says that the planning system has clearly not been delivering for local communities for a long time – but government continues to prevaricate on serious reform
Sue Laughlin: Glasgow has social justice tools available to it which are under-utilised
Sue Laughlin, a former NHS planner, introduces the findings of her PhD, which explored the application of the public sector equality duty in Glasgow, finding it to be underutilised by public authorities as a means of ensuring ‘the right to the city’ for all
POLICY MAKING and service development tends to what has been called the ‘ideal of impartiality’ whereby difference between population groups is largely ignored. As a result, policies tend to fail to serve peoples’ diverse needs.
Hilary Long: School's back - but what's the rush?
As many four and five year old’s in Scotland start their first day at school, CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long argues that we are rushing them into formal education too early based on antiquated legislation that is long overdue for reform
THIS week small children aged four and five will be entering the door of the “big school”. It’s a day of mixed emotions for children and their families as they transition from the play environment of the nursery into the more formal learning of the primary school.
WATCH: CS Forum - Social Security in the age of AI and Robots
25 July CommonSpace Forum explored universal solutions to the Fourth Industrial Revolution
COMMONSPACE held its monthly forum last week [25 July] on Social Security in the Age of AI and robots.
Watch journalist Eve Livingston, Citizens Basic Income Network Scotland’s Cleo Goodman and enginner & technology writer Craig Berry discuss the issues.
Val Waldron: With no easy answers, the indy movement needs healthy debate to find the way forward
Glasgow-based Common Weal campaigner Val Waldron looks at the twists and turns of Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership of the independence movement since the Leave vote in 2016, finding that while there is no easy answers, shutting down debate will not take us forward
IS OUR first minister a people pleaser, a shrewd political strategist or both?
LISTEN: Pride - How the past can shape our future
Bryan Simpson (Unite Hospitality Organiser), Pam Currie (EIS-FELA President), Ged Killen (MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West) and Mridul Wadhwa (Forth Valley Rape Crisis) addressed the event
TO MARK Pride season, TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) and CommonSpace held a special event on 25 July, with a guest panel sharing their defining Moments and Icons from LGBT history. We discussed what can be learned from them today in the quest to advance LGBT rights. Listen to the speeches from the event below.
Mhairi McAlpine: It's about time the left discovered the anti-power of cryptocurrency
Glasgow-based cryptocurrency advocate Mhairi McAlpine contributes to our week of special coverage on social security and technological change by arguing that the left needs to embrace the decentralised, value-driven nature of cryptocurrency
BITCOIN and cryptocurrencies in general haven’t had much mainstream coverage since the last bubble burst at the end of 2017, but enormous strides have been made in blockchain technology over the last few years and the influence and importance of this technology is only set to grow in the coming decade.
WATCH: What does Boris PM mean for Scotland and the UK?
CS reaction to Boris Johnson Conservative leadership victory
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray and journalist David Jamieson respond to the Conservative party’s election of Boris Johnson as party leader, who will become Prime Minister tomorrow [24 July].
They look at what Johnson will do about Brexit, what his premiership means for Scotland and Scottish independence, and what it tells us about the state of politics generally.
Social Security and technological change - CS special week of coverage 22-26 July
Contribute to our special week of coverage on social security and technological change from 22-26 July by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts
PREDICTED Scottish job losses from the new wave of technological change vary from the hundreds of thousands to the millions, but what is not in doubt is the profound economic disruption that is set to come from automation in almost every industry sector.