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Sick and tired: the coalition’s war on the disabled and destitute

Sick and tired: the coalition’s war on the disabled and destitute | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
We should all be sick and tired of the coalition’s unflinching war on the disabled and the destitute in Britain.

 

'Being sick and tired is no reason not to keep fighting - a growing number of people are refusing to accept this new, cruel reality.'

 

'Lucy Aldridge is on hunger strike. She is disabled, but her state benefits were suspended after she received a “death-in-service” payment for her 18-year-old son William, the youngest British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. New, harsh welfare rules mean that Aldridge, from Herefordshire, is entitled to nothing.

 

Christos Palmer is on hunger strike. The 32-year-old Welshman is also disabled, and has spent the past month protesting outside the Cardiff offices of Atos Origin, the private firm charged with turfing thousands of sick people off the welfare rolls. “After a few days, due to a lack of nutrients, the hunger striker will feel dizzy and faint,” explains Palmer, whose bodyweight has plummeted following his protest. “Why do people like myself and Lucy take this form of action in protesting? We see it as a last resort. No-one seems to be listening to us. We are the invisible silent minority that everyone is happy to ignore.”

 

A hunger strike is a phenomenal act of willpower. It’s a final attempt to wrest back dignified control of your own body when your dignity and control have been confiscated. That’s why the hunger strike has historically been a strategy employed by political prisoners and peaceful civil rights protesters: it’s the last resort of proud, desperate people with nothing to lose. It is suicide as spectacle.'

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Wicked problems and business strategy: is design thinking an answer?

Wicked problems and business strategy: is design thinking an answer? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Obesity. Climate change. Brain drain. Tax havens. War in Afghanistan.

 

'Wicked problems':

 

'They are difficult to define, ambiguous, unstable, do not have one solution,and are beyond the realm or mandate of any one department or discipline.'

 

'.....Working in wicked territory [also] presents several issues for management education:

 

the need to instill integrative thinking (this may be through experiencing design thinking processes),

 

to build empathy in developing a human-centred approach to problem solving (by spending time with end-users, engaging in ethnographic methods),

 

and

 

to develop skills in boundary spanning (being able to communicate, respect and understand different worlds or business units).

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