Spotlight – SWU/Neil Thompson Collaboration

If you are a member of the Social Workers Union you are now eligible to join Neil’s online learning community (the Avenue Professional Development Programme) for half price. You can also sign up for e-courses at a one third off discount. To find out more about what amounts to Neil’s online tutorial group, visit To find out how to get the special SWU member discounts, contact SWU directly.

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Neil Thompson’s Lesson for Living – Learn from success as well as failure

It is widely recognised that there is much learning to be gained from reviewing our mistakes, looking at what went wrong and how and why it did. However, what is often given far less attention than it deserves is the immense learning to be gained from what goes right. If we are being successful in most of what we are doing, then we can learn a great deal from asking ourselves what it is that we are doing that is ...

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Tackling stigma and promoting mental health for employees

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults experience mental illness every year. Yet, due to a variety of factors including stigma and lack of services, many do not receive the care they need. In turn, this greatly impacts the workforce, resulting in loss of productivity due to mental health-related absences, staff turnover and lack of job satisfaction.

But thankfully, companies are putting more effort into building appropriate mental health dialogue and services in the workplace. Employers ...

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Cities, the social economy and inclusive growth

The social economy constitutes a range of organisations that have a core social mission, including social and community enterprises; voluntary and community sector organisations; housing associations; co-operatives and mutuals; informal self-help initiatives; social finance and support providers; and alternative business models.

The report develops several recommendations for how UK cities can engage the social economy to lead an inclusive growth agenda.

The project was undertaken by a team at Middlesex University and The Open University.

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What might the workplace look like by 2036?

Automation, artificial intelligence, the growth of the informal economy and shifts away from command-and-control power cultures are all trends that are profoundly shaping the workplace. But what will the future workplace look like? Of course, the honest answer is that we don’t really know.

This is why at Forum for the Future, we create scenarios to explore how those trends we are certain about – for example, urbanisation – might interact with uncertain trends, including those surrounding the speed and impact of automation ...

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