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David Boyle - Author

About the Author

David Boyle, author of ‘Funny Money’ (Jan 1999) is a writer and journalist specializing in economics, cities, business and the environment.

He has been pioneering the idea of parallel currencies, introducing over 20 time banks to the UK (using time as a kind of money,) after the publication of his last book, ‘Funny Money’ : In Search of Alternative Cash. He has written about the future of money all over the world and is the author of the Financial Times management report Virtual Currencies (FT 1999) and the recent pamphlet Why London Needs its own Currency (New Economics Foundation, 2000).

As a Senior Associate at the New Economics Foundation, he has been at the forefront of new thinking in economics, volunteering and the environment – and has been advising the government on the future of volunteering.

He is former editor of New Economics, Town & Country Planning magazine, Liberal Democrat News and a range of other magazines, and his book on the future of cities (Building Futures) was published by WH Allen in 1989. He is also a member of the national policy committee of the Liberal Democrats, and used to write speeches for opinion formers such as Paddy Ashdown and Anita Roddick.

Featured books by David Boyle

How to be English

How to be English

Author: David Boyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2015

Featured in this book are such established English cultural behemoths as the Beatles, Big Ben and the Last Night of the Proms alongside less celebrated quirks such as meat pies and the working man's haven, the allotment. Here we celebrate the bell-ringers and Morris dancers, bowler hats ('the symbol of respectable Englishness') and cardigans ('symbol of staid middle-class solidarity'). We examine the brutality of Punch and Judy and our historic love of fairies, once so much a part of the English psyche that they were described as 'the British religion'.

Other books by David Boyle

30-Second Great Inventions 50 light-bulb moments that changed the world, from the compass to the smartphone, each explained in half a minute

30-Second Great Inventions 50 light-bulb moments that changed the world, from the compass to the smartphone, each explained in half a minute

Author: David Boyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2018

Universal change is often the result of an individual's lightbulb moment - an invention that triggers a ripple effect across countries, continents, or even out into space. Great Inventions in 30 Seconds looks at fifty of these groundbreaking innovations - great ideas that really did change the world. It covers a wide range, from early days (the wheel) through materials (the invention of steel, for example, or plastic) to communications (the alphabet, the printing press, the Worldwide Web) and the conveniences of (relatively) modern daily life (refrigeration, indoor plumbing, central heating). It's a sharp reminder that almost every aspect of life in the second decade of the 21st century is the result of someone's bright idea, - and one that they acted on to turn it into a viable invention. Along the way you'll learn all about the personalities behind the inventions: revealing and intriguing in equal measure.

Wizard

Wizard

Author: David Boyle Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

Dotty finds herself in Browntown and saves the world with the help of a cow, a salmon and a small dog - a modern version of the Oz tale.

An Introduction to Personal Injury Law

An Introduction to Personal Injury Law

Author: David Boyle Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2017

Remains of the Way

Remains of the Way

Author: David Boyle Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

A Brexit thriller where Adrian Matison, junior Treasury mandarin, follows the clues left by his friend, murdered on the Pilgrim's Way and discovers a forgotten government agency, founded in Henry VIII's time, is behind the efforts to leave Europe.

Absent Corporation

Absent Corporation

Author: David Boyle, Lindsay Mackie Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2017

The phenomenon whereby the organisations we deal with, public and private, are shrinking their customer facing functions, making them hard to contact, communicate with or empathise with.

On Experts: CPR 35 for Lawyers and Experts

On Experts: CPR 35 for Lawyers and Experts

Author: David Boyle Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2016

Notes on Primitive Man in Ontario

Notes on Primitive Man in Ontario

Author: David Boyle Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Cancelled!

Cancelled!

Author: David Boyle Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2016

The background to the strange collapse of rail services in Southern England and what it means for other services.

V for Victory

V for Victory

Author: David Boyle Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

The history of one of the most famous, successful and cheapesr radio propaganda campaigns in history - the V for Victory campaign broadcast from London to occupied Europe

HOW TO BE ENGLISH

HOW TO BE ENGLISH

Author: David Boyle Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2016

100 uvlekatel'nyh rasskazov o prichudah i pristrastiyah anglichan, ih istorii i tradiciyah, i o tom, chto ehto takoe - britanskij duh. Syuzhety o Bitlz i Big-Bene, Nochi Gaya Foksa i Kenterberijskom sobore, pabah i kardiganah, anglijskih parkah i jorkshirskom pudinge... Vy uznaete, pochemu anglichane i francuzy drug druga nedolyublivayut, kak kitajskij chaj stal britanskim nacional'nym napitkom, otchego istinno anglijskij zontik - chernyj i kakie shkol'nye vospominaniya zastavlyayut proslezit'sya vzroslyh britancev. Geroi knigi - Al'fred Velikij i Panch, uglekopy i klerki v polosatyh kostyumah, teatral'nye aktery i prizraki. CHto znachit byt' anglichaninom? Smotret' na prikazy sverhu odnim glazom, kak Nel'son, ili, podobno Vellingtonu, sohranyat' hladnokrovie i vyderzhku pri lyubyh obstoyatel'stvah? CHto ehto - sentimental'naya privyazannost' k zhivotnym, vkus k otvratitel'nym varenym ovoshcham, nostal'gicheskaya vernost' tradiciyam, lyubov' k monarhii i simpatiya k neudachnikam? Pozhaluj, vse vysheperechislennoe vmeste, - polagaet Dehvid Bojl, avtor ehtoj knigi (i eshche polutora desyatkov knig po ehkonomike, istorii i kul'ture Britanii), izvestnyj pisatel' i zhurnalist.

Piper

Piper

Author: David Boyle Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2015

It is the summer of 1990. The first Gulf War looms, the satanic abuse panic rages, and one strange market town, unchanged for decades, suddenly and disastrously runs out of money. The crisis brings together the mayor and the man he wronged four decades before. This is a haunting tale of passing time, and a Pied Piper story for our own era, of the Blitz, the explosion of money, of clone towns, the Wright Brothers and growing up - and local currencies. And above it all, stands the ancient landscape of Dragon Hill.

Scandal

Scandal

Author: David Boyle Format: eBook Release Date: 14/12/2015

A journey back in time to find out why legislation was passed so unexpectedly in the UK in 1885 to make homosexual behaviour illegal - a law that led to the prosecution of tens of thousands of men until it was repealed eight decades later, but not before the prosecution of Oscar Wilde led to a moment of fear, unprecedented in modern British history, for those whose lives made them vulnerable. This is not just an important work in an emerging gay history, it is also a fascinating glimpse of a society remarkably like our own, coming to terms with massive social and technological change in the 1880s and 1890s. It explains some of the background to this massive social shift - a clash between purity campaigners and those, like Wilde, who believed he could live a new kind of life. It also finds the origins of the new law in the ferment of politics in Dublin, and the first fully-fledged sex scandal that erupted in the summer of 1884. Scandal is also a voyage of discovery for the author into the secret world of his own great-great-grandfather, who fled Dublin at the height of the scandal - only to find himself forced to escape a second time, this time from London, ten years later. It was the revelation of this second escape, and just how widespread it was, that led to the research into this book.

How to be English

How to be English

Author: David Boyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2015

Featured in this book are such established English cultural behemoths as the Beatles, Big Ben and the Last Night of the Proms alongside less celebrated quirks such as meat pies and the working man's haven, the allotment. Here we celebrate the bell-ringers and Morris dancers, bowler hats ('the symbol of respectable Englishness') and cardigans ('symbol of staid middle-class solidarity'). We examine the brutality of Punch and Judy and our historic love of fairies, once so much a part of the English psyche that they were described as 'the British religion'.

Broke How to Survive the Middle-Class Crisis

Broke How to Survive the Middle-Class Crisis

Author: David Boyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2014

If you thought being middle-class meant your own home, something set aside for the kids and a comfortable retirement - think again. For the first time ever, today's middle classes will struggle to enjoy the same privileges of security and comfort that their grandparents did. How did this situation come about? What can be done about it? In this beautifully shaped inquiry, David Boyle questions why the middle classes are diminishing and how their status, independence and values are being eroded. From Thatcher's boost of the mortgage market in 1980 to the move from regional to centralised institutions; from the collapse of Barings Bank to the 1986 Big Bang, `Broke' examines the key moments in recent history that threatened the middle-class way of life. What he discovers is that the triumphs of the middle classes have been just as influential in their undoing as their disasters.

Abandoned In The Dark

Abandoned In The Dark

Author: David Boyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2012

The Human Element Ten New Rules to Kickstart Our Failing Organizations

The Human Element Ten New Rules to Kickstart Our Failing Organizations

Author: David Boyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2011

Despite some of the most sophisticated computer systems known to mankind, modern life can be infuriating - and it's getting worse. But there is a growing suspicion that, despite all the investment in IT and organization we have seen, we live with the same old problems we always have done. Why are we still addicted to oil and petrol despite the disastrous consequences? Why, three generations after the Beveridge Report, are his Five Giants - Want, Disease, Idleness, Ignorance and Squalor - still so much with us? Why did teenage pregnancies go up despite the UK government spending up to GBP100 million over a decade to prevent them? Why do so few of the public clocks tell the right time or train lavatories have water in their taps? There is a growing understanding, not that people are infallible, or that they are endlessly trustworthy and benevolent - but they are nonetheless what makes change possible. This book uses this idea to set out the Ten New Rules for organizations, reveals where they are working already - with the latest developments in ideas like system thinking and co-production. It explains the future in terms of the People Principle: If you employ imaginative and effective people, especially on the frontline, and give them the freedom to innovate, they will succeed. If you don't, they will fail.

The Ups and Downs of No-7, Rexville

The Ups and Downs of No-7, Rexville

Author: David Boyle Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2010

The Ups and Downs of No-7, Rexville

The Ups and Downs of No-7, Rexville

Author: David Boyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2010

Blondel's Song The capture, Imprisonment and Ransom of Richard the Lionheart

Blondel's Song The capture, Imprisonment and Ransom of Richard the Lionheart

Author: David Boyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2006

On his way back from the crusades, one of England's most famous and romantic medieval kings was ship-wrecked and stranded near Venice. Trying to make his way home in disguise, he was arrested and imprisoned and effectively disappeared. He didn't return home for another fifteen months, and at enormous cost - a quarter of the entire wealth of England was paid to win his release. The extraordinary events surrounding Richard the Lionheart's disappearance provides the background to some of the most colourful and enduring legends - Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham, the discovery of King Arthur's grave, and above all, the story of Blondel, Richard's faithful minstrel, and his journey across central Europe - singing under castle towers - until he finds the missing king. Blondel's Song tells the tale of one of the most peculiar incidents of medieval history, and the background to the real Blondel and his fellow troubadours, as well as the courts of love, the Holy Grail, emergence of gothic cathedrals like Notre Dame and Chartres, and the unique moment of tolerance in the West - when Europe shared a language, and a new culture of music, romance and chivalry.

The Money Changers Currency Reform from Aristotle to E-Cash

The Money Changers Currency Reform from Aristotle to E-Cash

Author: David Boyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2002

Since money was invented, there has been a debate about better ways of creating it and better rules to govern how it works - until the last generation, when it began to seem that the money system had been handed down by God and remained unchanged ever since. But the last few years have seen an increasingly powerful resurgence of interest in changing the system fundamentally, and bringing the monetary trends that affect all our lives under our control. Few realize that the debate has roots and a tradition, covering mainstream economists like Keynes and Hayek, statesmen like Lincoln, entrepreneurs like Ford and Soros, as well as the imaginative mavericks behind local currencies and e-money. This volume collects together some of their most influential writings to provide a handbook on a vital train of ideas, and a guide to a debate on changing money that is becoming increasingly important.

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