You might not have started thinking about Christmas just yet but watching supermarket aisles getting fuller with chocolate selection boxes, mince pies, and cinnamon-scented candles, I can’t help but feel a sense of dread as we move nearer to December. You may call me Grinch if you want – after […]

Described in chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions of non-linear systems, in which a small change can result in large differences at a later time and even in a different place. Explaining this, the mathematician and meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz used the metaphorical example of a tornado being influenced by […]

Fifty years ago Oxford economist E. F. Schumacher wrote ‘Small Is Beautiful – A Study of Economics As If People Mattered’, challenging the state of excessive consumption in Western society; and challenging economic globalisation, with warnings related to the inevitable human cost. His premise was that economies should revolve around the […]