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David Boyle, author of â€˜Funny Moneyâ€™ (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, â€˜Funny Moneyâ€™ : 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 â€“ 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 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'.
Not long ago, economic theories were generally based on a narrow set of principles. Then the continuing boom-bust cycle combined with the failure of the best economic minds to ensure that prosperity spreads down through the economy has left a series of very obvious question marks, and the orthodoxy has been challenged from inside and outside the profession. It now seems clear that human beings and the planet have to be brought into the analysis. The first chapter goes right back to the debate about the purposes for which money was originally invented. The Big Ideas chapter builds up a picture of the key ideas that have driven economic theories. Economics and People derives insights into the way that money and economics works from the way that people actually behave. Economics and the Planet covers some of the economic insights that have come from those whose expertise has been biological or environmental.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The background to the strange collapse of rail services in Southern England and what it means for other services.
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
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.
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.