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‘My Perfect Country’: The Debate

Fi Glover, Martha Lane Fox and Henrietta Moore are on the hunt for solutions to the world’s problems. Their aim is to create the perfect country made up of the best global policies that actually work. In this episode, the panel hear the voices, opinions and criticisms of the World Service audience. Together, they debate how the perfect country is shaping up.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Australia – Has it Cracked the Solution to Curb Smoking?

Today, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. It leads to around six million deaths per year, and trends show that will rise to more than eight million by 2030.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Shanghai – A Model for Teaching Maths

In Shanghai, students are better at maths than anywhere else in the world. According to the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, Shanghai maths students are three years ahead of the PISA average. That means a 15-year-old in Shanghai is better at maths than most 18-year-olds in the UK. And, 55% of students are considered ‘top performers’.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Tunisia – State Feminism

Tunisia comes under the spotlight, because it is rewriting the rules about what women can and can’t do in an Islamic country. Should it be a role model for its Muslim neighbours?

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‘My Perfect Country’: Japan – Gun Control

Gun control is a policy that fiercely divides nations – on the one hand there are the countries that enshrine the use of guns – while a host of others seek to eliminate them from society. One country that has dramatically reduced gun violence is Japan. It has one of the world’s lowest homicide rates to the extent that shooting deaths per year are in the single digits.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Bermuda – Solving Water Scarcity

The solution to the world’s water scarcity problem could lie in the tiny, remote island of Bermuda. The island has battled water saving problems since its colonisation as it has no natural water resources – and therefore no natural pure water. It relies on one source alone – rain water. That limited availability has created a nation of pioneering inventors who produced the Bermudian Roof. It catches every drop of rain, purifies it and stores it for daily use. As each Bermudian citizen is in charge of their own water supply – they have an ingrained sense of water conservation. Could other countries learn from their stringent attitude towards water – or could the Bermudian roof be installed across the world?

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‘My Perfect Country’: Peru – Cutting Poverty

How has Peru cut its poverty rate in half in just ten years? Building on decades of economic growth, a policy of inclusive economics has meant many of the poorest in the country have shared in the prosperity created by the boom. Government schemes to extend basic services such as piped water, sanitation and electricity to slum areas, underpinned by social programmes for children, families and the over 65s, have helped to lift 7 million people out of poverty in the last five years alone. Low-income communities have played a vital role in the speed and extent to which this has been rolled out, putting pressure on successive governments through direct action such as protests and roadblocks.

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‘My Perfect Country’: UN Debate

In a radio first, the World Service programme which analyses ground-breaking global policies, is part of a sitting session of the UN’s Economic and Social Council and includes contributions from some of the 58 delegate countries.

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It’s All Academic Case Study: Professor Henrietta L. Moore

Professor Henrietta Moore talks about her work as Head of the Institute of Global Prosperity and how philanthropy plays a vital role in her work.

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Professor Henrietta Moore helps to launch the UCL Campaign

On Thursday 15 September, Professor Henrietta Moore joined a panel of world-class academics for the launch of the new UCL Campaign.

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Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016

Professor Henrietta Moore talks about her role on the judging panel at the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Uganda

The sixth episode of the BBC World Service programme ‘My Perfect Country’ looks at how communities in Uganda have revolutionised the justice system by taking matters into their own hands.

The programme delves into the inner workings of the legal group to hear why they wanted to help and how they have made it work. They hear from the individuals whose lives have been changed as a result – as well as how the country’s official legal system are responding to the group.

Is a DIY law system the basis for a perfect country? Presenter Fi Glover, entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox, professor Henrietta Moore of the Institute for Global prosperity and special studio guests – give their verdict.

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‘My Perfect Country’: India

The fifth episode of ‘My Perfect Country’ (BBC World Service, 3 March 2016) examines India’s pioneering work on sanitation for women. With stories from the native workers who are inventing simple systems alongside active campaigning, she follows the changing attitudes towards women’s rights and their wellbeing. Our local reporter explores the corridors of universities to hear the young women who are putting themselves in charge of their own future – and whether those in charge of inspiring change nationwide are taking note.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Mental healthcare in Michigan, USA

The fourth episode of the BBC World Service ‘My Perfect Country’-series looks at Michigan, USA, and its ground-breaking mental healthcare service

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Why glaciers don’t like the smell of frying bacon

Many communities around the world think of landscapes, plants, rocks, winds, non-human ancestors and a variety of physical phenomena, beings and entities as having consciousness and intentionality. Should we be using these ideas to regain our respect and sense of wonder about our planet?

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My Perfect Country: Portugal

In this third episode of the BBC World Service series ‘My Perfect Country’ (first broadcasted on 18 February 2016) the search for solutions to society’s problems continues with a look at the world of legalised drug policy created in Portugal.

The My Perfect Country panel of presenter Fi Glover, academic Henrietta Moore, professor Alex Stevens from Kent University of Tony Duffin of the Ana Liffey drug project in Ireland discuss how far Portugal’s policy has been successful and whether it would work in the perfect country.

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My Perfect Country: Costa Rica

In 2007 the government announced Costa Rica would be the first carbon-neutral country by 2021 – a race that includes Iceland, Norway and New Zealand. In 2015 this small Central American republic achieved another environmental milestone by generating all its electricity using 99% renewable energy.

Do Costa Rica’s green credentials make it a contender for the perfect country policy pile? Fi Glover and digital entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox debate, with the help of Professor Henrietta Moore from the Institute for Global Prosperity and Ilimi Granoff from the Overseas Development Institute.

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My Perfect Country: Estonia

In this compelling new six-part series UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) team up with BBC World Service to build the ‘perfect country’. The series is presented by broadcaster and writer Fi Glove, Martha Lane Fox and Director of UCL IGP Professor Henrietta Moore.

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Henrietta Moore at ‘Reimagine London’-Conference

Henrietta Moore speaks about a new way of thinking at the ‘Reimagine London’-conference.

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British Composer Award for Stuart Hancock’s ‘Snapshot Songs’, delivered in partnership with the SHM Foundation

Composer Stuart Hancock has been awarded a British Composer Award for Snapshot Songs. Snapshot Songs, a song cycle celebrating London, was delivered in partnership between the SHM Foundation and Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning. The piece, premiered in April 2014 at Milton Court, was performed by the Snapshot Songs Choir, fifteen drummers, the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and soloists and spoken word artists from across London.

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BBC Radio 4: The End of Development

Over recent decades, the richer world has poured money towards poorer countries, in the form of aid and loans for development over many decades. But is this top-down solution really effective? The lecture, which is part of the BBC World Service’s ‘A Richer World’ season, was chaired by Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government. It was broadcasted on BBC Radio 4.

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The Humanities in Europe Interview

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Salecl and Moore Discussion with Audience

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Signs of the Times: Anthropology, Undecidability and Politics

Date & Time: 14th October, 14.15
Venue: Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

Henrietta L. Moore delivered the 50 year anniversary lecture to celebrate the establishment in 1964 of the Department of Social Anthropology (SAI) at the University of Oslo.

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Honorary degree from Queen’s University Belfast

Henrietta L Moore has been recognised for her outstanding services to the social sciences. She has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Social Science (DSSc) degree from Queen’s University Belfast. Queen’s awards honorary degrees to individuals who have achieved high distinction or given significant service in one or more fields of public or professional life, and who serve as ambassadors for the University and Northern Ireland around the world. Professor Moore received her award alongside several other notable individuals, including the Nobel Prize winning physicist Peter Higgs, singer Katie Melua, Irish rugby player Brian O’Driscoll and the Irish businessman Dermot Desmond. The graduation ceremony took place on 3 July.

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BBC Radio4: ‘New’ Biological Relatives & Kinship

Henrietta L. Moore joins BBC Radio 4’s Laurie Taylor and Sarah Franklin to talk about Prof Franklin’s study into the meaning and impact of IVF (originally broadcasted on 11 June 2014)

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Henrietta L. Moore in conversation with Ricken Patel

Date & Time: Wednesday 28 May 2014, 7pm
Venue: Hay Festival 2014, The Oxfam Moot

Listen to Henrietta L. Moore and Ricken Patel’s conversation about changes in ‘politics from below’ and whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating. @ Hay Festival 2014. Relationships between state and society have undergone a significant shift over the last decade. On both sides promises have been made and broken, expectations raised and shattered, partnerships brokered and roles reversed.

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“What we need is a robust set of research evidence, and we need to deliver that evidence to those who make the decisions.”

Listen to Henrietta L. Moore discussing the new Institute for Global Prosperity on BBC World Service – Business Daily (15 May 2014).

The Institute of Global Prosperity will launch in October 2014 at UCL with the aim to transform how we make decisions, the kinds of evidence and reasoning on which our decisions are based, and the tools (cultural, policy, legal) we have at our disposal to maintain global prosperity. It will be led by Henrietta L. Moore.

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‘Thinking Allowed’ Ethnography Award

Prof Helen Sampson is the first winner of the ‘Thinking Allowed’ Ethnography Award. The Award was launched in the BBC Radio4 programme “Thinking Allowed” in June 2013 by Laurie Taylor and Henrietta L. Moore.

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Encountering Others: Henrietta L. Moore at TEDxOxbridge

You can’t get by in the world without meeting other people. But, humans have a fatal fascination with difference, which might explain why they find it hard to share. Watch the video of Henrietta Moore’s talk ‘Encountering Others’ in which she discusses the role of the ethical imagination in the development of our relationships with others, and the development of ourselves.

The talk was part of the “Connecting Through Time” session at TEDxOxbridge 2013.

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The ‘Thinking Allowed’ Award for Ethnography

Henrietta L. Moore and Laurie Taylor launched the ‘Thinking Allowed’ Award for Ethnography in the BBC Radio4-programme ‘Thinking Allowed’ on 19 June 2013. Listen to the podcast and learn more about the award…

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BBC World Service podcast: The Why Factor

Why do different cultures mark ‘coming of age’? Why is there so much variety between cultures? For some the advent of adulthood is celebrated by lavish parties, for others, by endurance tests and initiation ceremonies. Henrietta L. Moore gives her opinion for the BBC World Service programme The Why Factor with Mike Williams.

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Talking Anthropology

In this interview, Henrietta L. Moore talks about the meaning of the 2012 European Association of Social Anthropologists-conference theme “Uncertainty and Disquiet”, the tradition of the discipline in the UK and anthropology´s contemporary challenges.

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Listen to Henrietta L. Moore discussing kinship with Maurice Godelier, Adam Kuper and Laurie Taylor on BBC Radio 4 (first broadcast: 13 June 2012).

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‘Technologies of Enchantment: Magic, World and Being’ @ Wellcome Collection

How to know the world is a problem all humans contend with. Magic, religion and science are all ways of thinking about and acting on the world. On 3 December 2011, Henrietta L. Moore helped to explore the relationship between science and faith @ the Wellcome Trust’s symposium ‘Holy Quarks’ … you can now listen to her talk online

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Moving Beyond the Diktat: There is an Alternative

Date & Time: 1 May 2012, 18:30-20:00
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, LSE, London WC2A 2AE
Speaker(s): Robin Murray and Gavan Titley
Chair: Professor Henrietta L. Moore

On 1 May 2012, 18:30-20:00, Henrietta L. Moore will be discussing alternatives to austerity cuts with Robin Murray and Gavan Titley @ LSE

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Great Thinkers

Professor Moore discusses the work of Margaret Mead for the BBC Four series Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words (first broadcast in August 2011).

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Humanities Matter

In this video Henrietta L. Moore discusses the importance of the humanities for individuals, societies and governments.

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Comments on ‘What’s in an event?’ for Slovenian TV

On 4 November 2011 Henrietta L. Moore was invited to speak at the symposium ‘The Event as a Privileged Medium in the Contemporary Art World’ at the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Watch her commenting on art events for TV Slovenija

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‘Still Life’ on BBC Radio 4

Listen to the BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Programme in which Henrietta L. Moore discusses her new book “Still LIfe” with Laurie Taylor and Samaya Farooq.

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Still Life: Hopes, Desires and Satisfactions

Watch the trailer for Henrietta L. Moore’s new book “Still Life: Hopes, Desires and Satisfactions” (Polity Press)

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My Avatar, Myself

When we extend ourselves into the virtual where do we, ourselves, end? With endless new capacities to animate our intentions beyond the body, Henrietta Moore proposes this is far more than projection. This talk took place on 27 May at How the Light Gets In 2011, the philosophy and music festival at Hay on Wye. You can watch the video of the talk online.

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Who Looks Back in the Mirror?

In its focus on language and structure 20th century philosophy all but eradicated the need for the human subject. Now there are signs that the self is on its way back. But are we any closer to understanding the self, and what makes each one of us who we are? Martin Jacques uncovers at Hay Festival 2011 who philosopher / writer / broadcasters, Simon May, Barry C Smith, and Julian Baggini and cultural theorist Henrietta Moore think they really are.

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The Post-Nuclear Family Future

The family is in transition. A generation is growing up with multiple parents and a host of half siblings. Are family structures falling apart or growing into exciting new possibilities? And is family essential to human well-being, and if so why?

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The New Romantics

Should we be celebrating the end of rationality in favor of a more romantic sensibility? Or are we, in the words of J.G. Ballard, ‘re-primitivizing’ ourselves and entering an age of magic, unreason and romantic superstition?

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Strangers on a train

In this BBC Radio 4 podcast Henrietta L. Moore talks with Laurie Taylor and David Morgan about the role of acquaintances in our lives and why the people who are neither friend nor stranger are incredibly important.

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Why the Humanities and Social Sciences Matter

Listen to Henrietta L. Moore supporting the ‘Humanities Matters’ -campaign, a campaign to celebrate and support world-leading humanities and social science teaching and research in UK universities.

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Outsourced Cultures

In the Indian call centre or ‘outsourcing’ industry, workers are trained to emulate the American or British workers which they have replaced. BBC Radio 4’s Laurie Taylor is joined by Henrietta Moore to talk to Shehzad Nadeem about the hybrid culture these Asian employees have created.

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21st Century Challenges: How Global Crises Provide the Opportunity to Transform the World

Public debate, marking the launch of LSE Global Governance; other speakers: Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, Professor David Held, Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor Danny Quah – February 2010

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BBC Radio 4 – Thinking Allowed: Moral Relativism

Listen to this discussion between Henrietta L. Moore, Laurie Taylor, Steven Lukes and Conor Gearty of the relationship of culture and morality in the debate on a universal notion of human rights.

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Individual Identity and Cultural Relativism

In this British Council interview Henrietta L. Moore discusses the potential benefits and limitations of cultural relativism. What are the potential benefits and limitations of cultural relativism? How can psychoanalytic approaches enhance and enrich understanding? What is the impact of culture and technology on individual identity?

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BBC Radio 4 – Thinking Allowed: Obesity

In this BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Programme Henrietta L. Moore discusses the cultural history of obesity with Laurie Taylor and Sander L. Gilman.

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Modern Erotics and the Quest for Intimacy

In this podcast Henrietta L. Moore, Darian Leader, Susie Orbach and Renata Salecl discuss contemporary sexualities and their uneasy relationship to love, fantasy and intimacy.

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BBC Radio 4 – Thinking Allowed: World Dress

In this BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed programme Henrietta L. Moore discusses the world domination of the western business suit with Laurie Taylor and Robert Ross.

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Personal Histories Retrospect

Seminar with Henrietta L. Moore, Meg Conkey, Ruth Tringham and Alison Wylie held on 22 October 2007 at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge.

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The Last Resistance – Jacqueline Rose in discussion with Henrietta L. Moore and Stephen Frosh

Jacqueline Rose (pictured) discusses her book “The Last Resistance” with Henrietta L. Moore and Stephen Frosh. “The Last Resistance” explores the power of writing to create and transform our political lives and examines the role of literature in the Zionist imagination.

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