Responses to Rethinking Poverty

The Development Set and its role in perpetuating poverty

29 Aug 2018

by Gerry Salole ‘Although we move with the better classes, our thoughts are always with the masses.’ (Ross Coggins, 1976) In 1976, an exasperated development worker, Ross Coggins, attending...

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Rethinking poverty, rethinking data

12 Jun 2018

by Michael Weatherburn The publication of Barry Knight’s Rethinking Poverty: What makes a good society? (2017) no doubt raised eyebrows when its author suggested that one of the most...

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Both/and not either/or: we need to rethink poverty AND rethink politics

26 Mar 2018

‘If the crucial issue is how to ensure adequate resources for all, why are we asked to discuss the ‘Good Life’ at all?’ writes John Veit-Wilson. ‘… what they...

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There have been important successes in our attempts to end poverty, says Paul Nicolson

23 Mar 2018

The main point of Barry Knight’s book is that ‘our efforts to end poverty over the past 75 years have failed’. I disagree. There have been some significant successes....

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A little less conversation a little more action please! says Sara Bryson

21 Mar 2018

The persistence of poverty, it seems to me, continues because we fail to tackle a central crucial issue: power. We have centuries of writing, analysis and debate in relation... Read More

We need knowledge and leadership for a good society, says Nat O’Connor

19 Mar 2018

Barry Knight, and others, are right to move beyond the word ‘poverty’. It is a loaded term and people carry so many preconceptions into any conversation on poverty that... Read More

This isn’t rethinking poverty, says John Veit-Wilson

14 Mar 2018

In response to Barry Knight’s invitation to give feedback on his recent article ‘Rethinking Poverty: Towards the Webb Legacy’, I’m puzzled why there isn’t more emphasis on asking why... Read More

Rethinking Poverty – Chris Goulden draws parallels with new research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

01 Mar 2018

I completely agree with the book’s aspiration for us all to think differently about poverty. That’s also the foundation of new JRF research from the Frameworks Institute that seeks... Read More

Mapping a new way to the society we want – Peter Hetherington on Rethinking Poverty

26 Feb 2018

Peter Hetherington finds compelling arguments in a recent book challenging preconceived ideas about the role and responsibility of government and the assumptions of both the political right and left.... Read More

Poverty eradication is a ‘vaste programme’, says Bassma Kodmani

22 Feb 2018

I started to highlight the sentences that inspired me, as I often do, with the intention of citing Barry Knight’s Rethinking Poverty in my own lectures or writings, but... Read More

From young marketers to social movements – Lisa Jordan on the forces of agency

18 Dec 2017

From young marketers to social movements – Lisa Jordan on the forces of agency Before getting into the heart of the Rethinking Poverty dialogue I want to first say... Read More

Blending past insights with new ways of thinking – Jennifer Wallace on the role of wellbeing in social progress

12 Dec 2017

Blending past insights with new ways of thinking – Jennifer Wallace on the role of wellbeing in social progress Working for an organisation with a hundred-year history tends to... Read More

Fairness: a basis for uniting people across class, gender, race, and other differences – Albert Ruesga on Rethinking Poverty

11 Dec 2017

A doff of the hat to my colleague Barry Knight for his recent book, Rethinking Poverty: What Makes a Good Society? In the US, we live in a society where few... Read More

Living Wage campaign links community with politics and business, says Jessica Goble

17 Nov 2017

Living Wage campaign links community with politics and business, says Jessica Goble As a programme officer for the Living Wage Foundation, the point that most struck me from Rethinking... Read More

Rethinking Poverty? We shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, says Kate Green MP

15 Nov 2017

How to end poverty in rich countries has been the subject of much hand-wringing over the years. When the Webb Memorial Trust kicked off our programme of work in... Read More

Democracy is Alive: David Bonbright on parallels between Rethinking Poverty and Constituent Voice

24 Oct 2017

Last month I attended a very British event at the London School of Economics. A hundred or so of us gathered in the Shaw Library, named after George Bernard... Read More

Gerry Salole reviews Rethinking Poverty: What makes a good society?

19 Oct 2017

The title of this book, Rethinking Poverty – What makes a good society?, promises a theoretical treatise on the elimination, or reframing, of poverty and destitution in the UK.... Read More

Poverty in the Netherlands – Bodille Arensman on the challenges for philanthropists

18 Oct 2017

On 20 September 2017 the Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (ECSP) organised a learning event on poverty for philanthropists in the Netherlands with the aim of discussing the challenges... Read More

Citizen’s Basic Income Trust’s review of Rethinking Poverty

05 Oct 2017

This book offers a summary of a Webb Memorial Trust research programme that asks how we might construct a society without poverty rather than the slightly different question as... Read More

Four thoughts about the ‘poverty narrative’ – Keiran Goddard on Rethinking Poverty

04 Oct 2017

Rethinking Poverty argues that the ‘narrative around poverty is broken’ … and, assuming we want our social narratives to render experience with something like fidelity, it’s a claim that... Read More

The solutions lie in communities, the world over – Jon Edwards on Rethinking Poverty

28 Sep 2017

The launch of Barry Knight’s book Rethinking Poverty has certainly acted as a catalyst for thinking and reflection. Although the emphasis in the book is on the crisis in... Read More

Rethinking ideology, a view from the US – Christopher Harris on Rethinking Poverty

28 Sep 2017

  Joseph Stiglitz, the 2001 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, has written for a long time about the failure of neoliberal economics and the resultant human suffering... Read More

A narrative that resonates for single parents – Rosie Ferguson on Rethinking Poverty

26 Sep 2017

One in four families in the UK today is headed by a single parent, making them an everyday part of the fabric of our society.  We’ve become a much... Read More

Importance of housing underestimated – Paul Nicolson reflects on Rethinking Poverty

21 Sep 2017

In Rethinking Poverty Barry Knight and the Webb Memorial Trust turned to participatory research to provide opportunities for ‘…individuals on low incomes to develop and express their own ideas’. They rightly... Read More

Imagining a new future – Stephen Pittam on Rethinking Poverty

15 Sep 2017

Gandhi recognised that there are limits to what protest can achieve in trying to change society. He was a strong advocate of the ‘constructive programme’. So, Barry Knight is... Read More

From paternalistic elites to participatory networks – Neal Lawson on Rethinking Poverty

13 Sep 2017

  I try to love everyone and while I fail, I at least think everyone is lovable.  I know that every life is as valuable as any other and... Read More