Don’t stand alongside – stand in front – By Natasha Stone

Observing the news unfold over the last week, I can’t even begin to imagine how the BAME community are feeling at the moment. I’ve been watching events unfold with abject horror, disgust and such a deep sadness of feeling so useless that it pales into insignificance with the enormity of it all. Black lives matter. …

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Construction, Coronavirus and mental health – By Natasha Stone

I'm sure many of us have typed in our emails and communications over the past few months, something along the lines of "In these unusual times; these unexpected times; these challenging times". And this is true in every sense of these carefully worded descriptions of the current Pandemic that the world faces. There's an acknowledgement, …

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Do we need IWD? – By Natasha Stone

So what is IWD? This year, the theme is #EachForEqual. With the website describing the aim of the day is:- An equal world is an enabled world.Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate …

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Privilege – By Natasha Stone

It’s a word that’s heavily loaded in many ways. The idea of privilege is that it’s something you’ve never had to work for, but you get treated better by others because of it. It’s often connected with social status, ‘the upper echelons’ of power, money, wealth, and more often than not, those with privilege are …

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Beyond CSR: Social value and the built environment – By Sara Cameron

If you stop and think about it, the impact that the built environment has upon society is immense: the built environment that we create influences both the physical and psychological well-being of the people who live in and interact with it, from birth to death. Developing and maintaining an attitude of positive social responsibility is …

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