No longer a one-digit kid

15 July 2019

In 2019, Pro Bono Economics hit an important milestone – we turned ten. And what a year it has already been.

What do you do when you hit double digits? You throw a party of course and start thinking about the next milestone, Pro Bono Economics going digital!

I felt it fitting that we announced our ambitions here with a speech from our co-founder Andy Haldane at the Royal Society on May 22 nd .

He had us cast our gaze towards the challenges that will really impact...

Employer-supported volunteering schemes can still be a game changer

1 July 2019

In a recent blog post featured in Third Sector News, Pro Bono Economics CEO Julia Grant calls for better design and delivery of Employer Supported Volunteering schemes to ensure that the skills of volunteers are utilised and stretched by their engagements, in a way which delivers real value to the charities they serve.

She expresses that with more thought put into the design and delivery of ESV schemes, the skills of volunteers and value to the charities would increase, leaving them...

Lifelong Learning: The future of work in the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

21 June 2019

Like every industrial revolution before it, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4iR) will bring a wave of automation to our everyday lives. In the past, this has created a radical shift in the world of work and this revolution is no different. Common workplace practices are different to how they were ten or even five years ago.

Speakers at the CogX Artificial Intelligence (AI) conference – held in London this month – acknowledged that this shift in how we live our everyday lives can...

Former Treasury colleagues Gus O’Donnell and Ed Miliband talk Pro Bono Economics and wellbeing

20 June 2019

Pro Bono Economics Chair Lord Gus O’Donnell was on hand to talk about our work, past, present and future on the June 17th edition of the well-known news and policy podcast: Reasons to be Cheerful.

Hosted by former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and broadcaster Geoff Lloyd, Gus explored Pro Bono Economics’ work to date along with our ambitions for the future in the field of wellbeing....

Pro Bono Economics call for more holistic evaluations of children’s sport picked up in DCMS Select Committee report

6 June 2019

On May 14th , the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) published its final report following an inquiry into the social impact of participation in culture and sport, to which Pro Bono Economics provided written evidence .

Among the recommendations made by the report is a call on Government to ensure that new initiatives in this space – such as the forthcoming school sport and activity action plan –...

Revisited – The value of education beyond exams

30 May 2019

Last month I wrote about education, exams and wellbeing.

This month I will do the same.

Perhaps a lack of imagination on my part but there have been a key development since that warrants a little commentary.

On May 14 th the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) published a new framework for inspection of the country’s schools....

The value of education beyond exams

25 April 2019

How should a school be judged?

Many would say its capacity to produce good exam results.

Exam grades do at least offer a standard point of comparison from which different schools can be reviewed and ranked.

For parents, why would you not want your child being taught somewhere that has a proven track-record? After all decent university places and graduate schemes demand proven results.

So it is understandable that exam results have been seen as the key...

How can we help this country’s children become happier?

18 March 2019

Back in 2016 The Guardian[1] cited the following reasons as responsible for the impressive progress recorded in tackling past high levels of teenage pregnancies in this country: “political support at all levels, long-term commitment and changes to social norms”.

Success achieved in combatting underage drinking and drug use has also benefitted from steadfast, cross party-political support[2]. The reduced prevalence of smoking among children and young people too, with NHS Digital data...

What do we really know about levels of homelessness in this country?

18 February 2019
Outreach work in the city of Birmingham has shown me that the effects of homelessness are malignant and often rapid.

When volunteering in a frontline organisation to provide food, support and advice to the homeless population, it became clear to me that those issues which may have led to homelessness tend to immediately worsen once an individual finds themselves in such circumstances. Furthermore, many of those who were healthy upon becoming homeless quickly began to...