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Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy

There is growing recognition of the importance of kindness and relationships for societal wellbeing. But talking about kindness does not fit easily within the rational lexicon of public policy. The Trust was delighted that Julia Unwin CBE accepted our invitation to become a Carnegie Fellow; and over the course of the last two years we have been exploring the complexity and contradictions of kindness and public policy through a series of roundtables and events.

Julia’s report, Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy, brings together our learning from these discussions. It argues that there have been very good reasons for keeping kindness separate from public policy; but that the great public policy challenges of our time demand an approach that is more centred on relationships; and, with technology and artificial intelligence transforming the way we do things, it is imperative that we focus equally on our emotional intelligence.

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Stage 3 Proceedings of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

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Devolution Democracy and Delivery White Paper Reforming Local Government

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Carnegie UK Trust response to the Communities and Local Government Inquiry into Community Rights

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Carnegie UK Trust response to Building A United Community Inquiry

Response to Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy

Carnegie UK Trust response to Local Government and Regeneration Committee call for evidence

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Local Government and Regeneration Committee – Inquiry into the Flexibility and Autonomy of Local Government

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Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee consultation on public libraries in Wales

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Requirements for Community Learning and Development (Scotland) Regulations, 2013 – consultation on draft regulations

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Scottish Government Town Centre Review – Contributions by Carnegie UK Trust

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Scottish Government Consultation – Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill

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Leveson Submission: A New Regulatory System

Response to Communities Equality and Local Government Committee Task and Finish Group Media Inquiry

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