Alan Johnson recently gave a challenging talk to the Fabian Society in Auckland on what social housing has become and might become. He made the point that the biggest deficit in the social housing equation is a philosophical one and that any future for social housing is dependent on finding a firm philosophical justification for this programme. Above all, Alan sees that any lasting solution must be firmly grounded in community involvement.
On 12 August Sue Bradford made a presentation to a larger audience base on her PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?'. She looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was fertile for such a development or not.
She interviewed 51 academics and activists from across the country and from many parts of the left, and considered the experience of a number of organisations she termed ‘nascent’ left wing think tanks, including the Fabian Society.
Sue's presentation outlined her key findings on the state of the left and the think tank question and then participated in discussion on the issues raised. A copy of the presentation is available here.
Discussion of Sue's research is here.