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.
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.
The gradual privatisation of social housing has turned Britain’s housing market into a postcode lottery that unfairly marginalises those who can least afford it. Successive UK governments have applied free market economic principles which have decimated our communities. This week on Renegade Inc we are joined by filmmaker, Paul Sng, and author and sociologist, Lisa McKenzie, to discuss how to stop the great British housing slump.
Contrary to political group think it was actually access private debt not public debt that brought the economy crashing down. But today private debt is again raging and nobody seems to want to address the issue. On the 10-year-anniversary of the Global Financial Crisis, anthropologist and author, David Graeber and former chairman of the now abolished Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner sits down with co-founder and presenter, Ross Ashcroft, to discuss what is preventing us from talking about the taboo that is Britain’s private debt problem.
Our problems will not be solved by the victory of one party over another, or of one ‘ism’ over another. Changing lawmakers from ‘conservatives’ to ‘liberals’ or ‘liberals’ to ‘socialists’, without reforming how the laws are made is like asking the orchestra to play a happy tune whilst the ship goes down, writes Mark GB. Our problems arise from the centralisation of power and money in the hands of unaccountable vested interests. We need fundamental reform of the political and monetary system itself.