Author Archives: Alison Kidd

About Alison Kidd

Research Psychologist

Forget the statue, what about the plinth?

In the midst of the hot debate about whether certain public statues should be removed, no-one talks about the plinths on which such statues are erected or considers toppling those as well. Does this mean that the plinth is 100% … Continue reading

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First “I’ve Got an Idea” Fund award

We are delighted to announce that our newly formed “I’ve Got an Idea” Fund has granted its first award to Outside Lives Ltd in North Wales to enable their community to build a free standing, mobile, gravity fed, off-grid, handwashing … Continue reading

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How successful people attribute their success …

My artist colleagues and I have been trying to unravel the concepts of “deserving versus undeserving” in the politics of social inequality. The recent fiasco over how to “fairly” award 2020 ‘exam results’ has shone a harsh spotlight on this. … Continue reading

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The psychology of reducing consumption?

I’ve been challenged this week by an article in Nature Communications. It warns starkly how affluent consumption is the leading factor in environmental and social impact. And the major technological advances we are making are not enough to outweigh its … Continue reading

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Shit & capitalism – anything in common?

I first encountered the concept of Faecal Standard Money from two members of the Science Walden Centre based in South Korea. The ramifications of their project have fascinated me ever since in relation to our capitalistic mindset here in the … Continue reading

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What does redundant really mean?

It looks like masses of people will become redundant as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. And our economic systems and government policies have made paid employment the sole means to reliably feed, clothe and house your family.  It is … Continue reading

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The Covid who came for G&T

OK, so the unexpected ring at the door WAS a surprise but I (being both ‘home’ and ‘alert’) saw it as an opportunity to face the enemy and try to understand her perspective on causing a devestating pandemic. She did … Continue reading

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What effect is Covid-19 having on our thinking?

Stuck at home in isolation, I’ve been wondering (as have many others) what impact Covid-19 is having on our thinking about the world we’d like to inhabit beyond the pandemic. In this weird, lonely and suspended state, we long for … Continue reading

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Our shadow selves…

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Technology trials & tribulations

The Prospectory agenda  (assuming we were ever formal enough to have such a thing) suffered a significant set back when Peter was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2017. Having said that, our combined interests in technology and psychology … Continue reading

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