Child services fit for the 21st Century

In our first program with Camila Batmanghelidjh, we focused on the closure of her charity, Kids Company. In this program we discuss with her what 21st century children’s services should actually look like. Over the last 20 years, Kids Company partnered with scientists to examine what was happening to children’s brains as a result of chronic maltreatment and neglect. They found that the brain function of traumatised children was similar to that of war-veterans, except their war was surviving childhood in the ghettos of Britain.

Digital is killing democracy

When talking about the internet, we like to assume it is a powerful utility that enhances democracy. But instead of improving our understanding and informing our political choices, social networks and social media actually narrows the debate and closes down free speech. Electorates across the world are being manipulated by tech monopolies that are collating our data and using it to appeal to our prejudices. In short, digital is killing democracy. We went to the Netherlands to meet André Krouwel, a political scientist who thinks differently about the power and influence of social media.

Digital is killing democracy: teaser

Coming up this week, we talk to political scientist, André Krouwel about the revolution the internet has failed to bring about, and how inequality is being exacerbated by our tax systems. Tune into Renegade Inc. on RTUK, on Monday the 5th of February at 7.30am, 1.30pm, and 6.30pm, or stay glued to the website for upcoming episodes.

Profits or policing?

One thing Theresa May will be remembered for is her treatment of the British police. As Home Secretary, Mrs May brutally cut more than a fifth of all funding to police forces. The unofficial dictat was that the police should do more with less, a mystifying statement that almost guarantees a demoralised and thus compliant workforce. So is this what she wanted? Or was there another motive to this act? A political move maybe, that would begin the privatisation of Britain’s police force.

Neoliberalism: The force isn’t with you…

Paul Verhaeghe, professor of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, claims we live in an extremely controlling society, where authority has all but disappeared, lapsing into brute force. He says the neoliberal economic order has changed us for the worse, that change cannot be left to the so-called ‘free market’, and that we ourselves must take the first steps towards creating a new social order.

Universal Basic Income – Utopian or Real?

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is one of those ideas that has divided public opinion into two opposing camps: Those who think it would result in disaster, as humans cannot be trusted. The other camp feels that a UBI would be liberating, allowing people to concentrate on the important things in life, not just earning a living. Rutger Bregman is a writer, widely acclaimed for his book, Utopia for Realists. In it, he champions Universal Basic Income and a 15 hour work week. So, we went to the Netherlands to ask him if the time for these ideas has arrived.

Universal Basic Income: animation

In Finland, income security is guaranteed to everyone. The Finnish government launched a basic income experiment in 2017 in a bid to simplify its social security system and provide stronger incentives for finding work. Up to 2000 people between 25-58 were chosen at random to participate in the trial. Watch this short video to find out how it works.

Neoliberalism – the force isn’t with you – teaser:

Paul Verhaeghe is a Belgian author and professor of psychology and psychoanalysis who claims that social change has led to a sort of ‘psychic crisis’ that has altered the way we think about ourselves. Implicit in the neoliberal doctrine is the introduction of shame, and obsession with professional achievement. Verhaeghe joins us on the show to discuss the problems with the way we interpret success and failure. Tune into Renegade Inc on RTUK on Monday the 22nd of January at 7.30am, 1.30pm, 6.30pm and 11:30pm, or stay glued to the website for upcoming episodes.

What you won’t hear in the Queen’s speech

If positive social and political change worked top down, we wouldn’t have to make this programme. Sadly, it doesn’t. So at a time when the political class is out of ideas and the corporate class is out of excuses for its behaviour, the job of finding new perspectives and insights and ideas falls to the independent media. As a busy year draws to a close we look back at those people who have inspired and enlightened us in 2017. This is the first of two shows that are a whistle-stop tour around the thinkers, writers, doers and Renegade types we met over the last 12 months.

What you won’t hear in the queen’s speech: teaser

As a busy year draws to a close we want to look back at those people who’ve inspired and enlightened us in 2017. Coming up this week is the first of two shows we take a whistle-stop tour around the thinkers, writers, doers and Renegade types we met during 2017. Tune into Renegade Inc on RTUK, on Monday the 25th of December at 7.30am, 1.30pm, and 6.30pm, or stay glued to the website for upcoming episodes.

Road from Damascus

The central thrust of right wing media is that refugees leave their home countries for an economic advantage in another. Sadly, some people fall for these simplistic headlines which play hard into reinforcing far right or xenophobic tendencies. But this media treatment glosses over subtle, complicated, often intricate stories that are unique to each displaced human being. Meet Jay Assad, Syrian refugee and the founder of The Refugee Company and Startup Kitchen. He joins us on the show to discuss why he fled for a new life and business in the Netherlands and how to build better refugee programs and economic systems that prevent the further fracturing of Europe.

Road from Damascus: teaser

This week on Renegade Inc we talk to Jay Assad, Syrian refugee and founder of Startup Kitchen and The Refugee Company. Like many refugees, Assad is an entrepreneur who started a company and began employing people as soon as he arrived in Europe. He joins us to discuss the moment he made the decision to leave his homeland and family, making the crossing to begin a new life and business in the Netherlands, and what form refugee programs should take going forward to prevent a Europe that is divided against itself.

Kids Company- what happened?

Kids Company, once one of Britain’s most recognised and beloved charities, was shut down in 2015 after a stream of negative media stories about lavish spending and mismanagement. Almost overnight, national sentiment towards its founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh, reversed. Batmanghelidjh claims she was the victim of a brutal and systematic character assassination. Today, Batmanghelidjh joins us on the show to reveal what really pushed Kids Company to the wall.

Kids Company: what happened?

Kids Company was one of the most recognised and loved charities of our time. But after a stream of negative media stories about lavish spending and mismanagement, national sentiment reversed almost overnight, and its founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh, once regarded as Britain’s most successful, colourful and inspirational charity leader, became in the eyes of the media, a disgrace. In the first of a two-part series, Batmanghelidjh joins us on the show to reveal what really pushed Kids Company to the wall. 

White Collar Crime – Mind the Gap

Since the 2008 financial crisis, UK authorities have been absolutely toothless when it comes to prosecuting bankers who’ve broken the law. Is it simple incompetence? Or is our regulatory system designed so that victims fall through the gaps, while banks are permitted to operate above the law. Joining us this week is former Met Detective and victim of RBS GRG’s long-running scheme to defraud its SME customers, Andy Keats, and researcher & campaigner, Joel Benjamin.

White-collar crime: sneak preview

Since the financial crisis, apart from a few tokenistic traders, the UK authorities have been absolutely toothless when it comes to prosecuting bankers who have broken the law. But is this just incompetence, or is our regulatory system designed in a way that means that victims fall through the gaps, while banks are permitted to operate above the law? Get a sneak-preview of our upcoming episode on white-collar crime featuring former Met Detective, Andy Keats, and researcher and campaigner Joel Benjamin.