Author Archives: Alison Kidd

About Alison Kidd

Research Psychologist

‘I’ve got an idea Fund’ – 3 new awards made

Our ‘I’ve got an idea’ micro fund received over 60 applications in February with a wonderfully eclectic range of ideas. The discovery of so many individuals and small organisations out there with great ideas inspired by their engagement with environmental … Continue reading

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Is our Government displaying Healthy Masculinity ?

“Healthy masculinity means NOT using your size, strength, or power to get what you want from others.” In parliament yesterday, PM Boris Johnson said public reaction to Sarah Everard’s death is “wholly justified” and said “we need cultural change” Does … Continue reading

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‘I’ve got an Idea’ Fund Award to ‘Sound Gadgets’ project

I’m delighted to announce the 2nd award we have made from our recently established ‘I’ve got an idea’ Micro Fund set up in memory of Peter. The award is to Lee Holder, the Disability Lead, at The Music Works Charity … Continue reading

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The power of oblique

I enjoy working with my 2 visual artist colleagues precisely because they push me out from the comfortably rational into other ways of doing and knowing. Together, we’ve been exploring the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI). We generated a … Continue reading

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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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