Using AI to identify great ideas

The 2021 Heywood Prize has exceeded our expectation as close to 2000 people contributed their ideas to the contest. But this success also put a great burden on the many volunteers that helped us review and score these entries. In the 2022 Heywood Prize we are therefore embarking on a new journey that will makeContinue reading “Using AI to identify great ideas”

Update: 2022 competition news

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of observing a meeting of the NHS Volunteers Taskforce which, in addition to looking at volunteering across the entirety of the NHS, has been looking at the winning idea from the 2021 Heywood Prize competition about building a territorial type army of volunteers for the NHS.Continue reading “Update: 2022 competition news”

Citizens’ assemblies

I was delighted to take part in a follow up discussion hosted by the Blavatnik School on one of our prize winning ideas – citizens assemblies. The notes of that discussion, which is one of several conversations that we have been supporting as a Foundation both within and outside of government, is attached here. SuzanneContinue reading “Citizens’ assemblies”

Fixing the education crisis

Personally, I don’t believe that the government has done the best it could have to ease this difficult time. In my opinion when the first lockdown began it should have been more restricted and people should have taken it seriously. The virus would not be over but there would have been a reduction in casesContinue reading “Fixing the education crisis”

Change the centre of gravity of the UK

Parliament is, still, the heart of government. It plays a significant part in holding the attention of government and, therefore, all of the endless layers of influence and activity that surround government. The Houses of Parliament, the workplace of MPs and Lords, is out of date, falling down and in need of replacement. The solutionContinue reading “Change the centre of gravity of the UK”

Replace unemployment benefits with a Basic Income

Under the current system of unemployment benefits it costs a lot of money in administration costs to pay for staff and buildings all over the country. As we have seen with the pandemic throughout most of 2020, requiring claimants to attend the job centre is not necessary. We should replace unemployment benefits with a BasicContinue reading “Replace unemployment benefits with a Basic Income”

We could end the backlog by applying open data to the justice system

A frequent saying among jurists is that “justice should not only be done, but be seen to be done”. This saying comes from a decision handed down by Lord Chief Justice Hewart in R v Sussex Justices ex parte McCarthy ([1924] 1 KB 256, [1923] All ER Rep 233). This is often taken to meanContinue reading “We could end the backlog by applying open data to the justice system”

Impact on the lower class

In the ideas following they are solutions to the problems presented. It also includes other solutions that would have aided the social issue of the lower class before the COVID-19 pandemic and that now can aid them be more financially stable during and after the pandemic. In terms of temporary solutions, food vouchers being usedContinue reading “Impact on the lower class”

It is time to legalise marijuana, and possibly other illicit drugs.

This is not a particularly new idea, but it is not one that has been taken particularly seriously in this country. However, I believe the pandemic has now presented us with a situation that means we can no longer ignore it. If we’re wondering how to create money from nowhere and make up the economicContinue reading “It is time to legalise marijuana, and possibly other illicit drugs.”