different times, in different places, and in
different organisational and career structures is
having a profound impact on our society. But
many of the assumptions underlying the policies that
govern our society matured in an industrial age that
rigidly separated home and work.
In this section
of Flexibility we have articles reflecting the
leading thinking about how policies need to change
in areas such as economic development, land use
planning, housing, infrastructure and social
And we also have
features showing how new thinking is shaping up
amongst the politicians who have the power to
make a difference.
Articles in this
A smarter approach to economic growth
The debate on economic
recovery is stuck in a rut - cuts versus
borrowing. But the key issue is about
change: how to adapt to the new world that
is being born as the old one fades painfully
away. Here's our Flexibility Nine
Point Plan to boost smarter growth.
21 Hours - the new debate on a shorter working week
The New Economics Forum is kicking off
a national debate about making the transition to a shorter
working week - to distribute work more fairly, save
the planet and ensure that unpaid work has higher value.
A high profile debate at the London School of Economics
set the ball rolling.
develop flexible working
Barack Obama has given
the clearest endorsement to date by any
world leader of the value of flexible
working. And his administration is
going to lead by example in implementing
A kind of vision for Digital Britain
We critique the UK government's surprisingly
enterprise-free vision for the future digital
infrastructure of Britain.
Under the Radar
- Tracking and Supporting Rural Home-based Business
How do people earn a living in rural areas, now
that only 4% of the rural population work in agriculture? The focus of
this report from the Commission for Rural
Communities, Under the Radar, is on
home-based businesses which form a potentially
dynamic but unsung Cinderella sector creating wealth
and employment in rural areas.