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Social inclusion as used here includes economic inclusion or fairness.

Social inclusion, the converse of social exclusion, is affirmative action to change the circumstances and habits that lead to (or have led to) social exclusion. The World Bank defines social inclusion as the process of improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of people, disadvantaged on the basis of their identity, to take part in society. W

Community action projects[edit | edit source]

  • Homeless projects
  • Fuel poverty projects
  • Sensory gardens
  • Multicultural events
  • Advocate expenses for volunteers, so that no-one should be out of pocket from volunteering, and it isn't something just for those that can afford it
  • Fairness audits
  • action or campaigns to tackle loneliness
  • advocate for Universal basic services

Resources[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better is a book by Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, published in 2009 by Allen Lane. The book is published in the US by Bloomsbury Press (December, 2009) with the new sub-title: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger. It was then published in a paperback second edition (United Kingdom) in November 2010 by Penguin Books with the subtitle, Why Equality is Better for Everyone.

The book argues that there are "pernicious effects that inequality has on societies: eroding trust, increasing anxiety and illness, (and) encouraging excessive consumption". It claims that for each of eleven different health and social problems: physical health, mental health, drug abuse, education, imprisonment, obesity, social mobility, trust and community life, violence, teenage pregnancies, and child well-being, outcomes are significantly worse in more unequal countries, whether rich or poor.The book contains diagrams (scatter plots) that are available online.

In 2010, the authors published responses to questions about their analysis on the Equality Trust website. As of September 2012, the book had sold more than 150,000 copies in English. It is available in 23 foreign editions.

Video[edit | edit source]

News and comment[edit | edit source]


  • What British politicians won't admit – we need to transform the welfare state, John Harris, Feb 21 [1] ...Social inclusion UK


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Bank On San Francisco: Supporting community financial empowerment, May 1 [2]

The New Art of Making Friends and Finding Community, Feb 25 [3]

The city with no homeless on its streets, Jan 31 [4] ...Finland

Resolve to make 2019 a year of action, Jan 2 [5] ...Social inclusion UK


The Common Room — designing a future for all ages, Oct 2 [6] ...Social inclusion UK

We can create a better society by making a floor that people can't fall beneath, Vinay Gupta, Jun 11 [7]


Richest 1% own half the world's wealth, study finds, Nov 14 [8]

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Castelbuono, the Sicilian town where young Africans are the hope for the future, Nov 6 [9] ...Italy news

UK's first report on Universal Basic Services published, Oct 11 [10] ...Social inclusion UK

The city that solved homelessness, Jun 28 [11] ...Austria

How Can We Rouse the Public Against an Abstract Noun? Tips for fighting inequality from a top Oxfam campaigner, Jul 5 [12]

Is inequality bad for the environment? Jul 4 [13]

5 Ways the Denver Public Library Supports the City's Homeless Population, Jun 8 [14] ...Colorado

Cities are taking a new approach to homelessness, Apr 4 [15] ...US news


"We can’t go on ignoring inequality", Stephen Hawking, Dec 1 [16]

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How Mississippi Banks are Disrupting the Cycle of Poverty, Sep 12 [17]

62 people own as much as the poorest half of the world's population, according to Oxfam, January 18 [18]


Have We Finally Moved Beyond GDP? October 20 [19]

Poverty goals? No, it’s extreme wealth we should be targeting, Ocotober 19 [20]

Who are the 1%? The answer might surprise you, October 14 [21]


Inequality as Policy? Feb 09 [22]


United Nations adopts Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples W, September 13 [23]

Universal basic services[edit | edit source]

Universal Basic Services (UBS) are a form of social security in which all citizens or residents of a community, region, or country receive unconditional access to a range of free, basic, public services, funded by taxes and provided by a government or public institution. W

Loneliness[edit | edit source]

Loneliness is an unpleasant emotional response to perceived isolation. Loneliness is also described as social pain—a psychological mechanism which motivates individuals to seek social connections. It is often associated with an unwanted lack of connection and intimacy. Loneliness overlaps and yet is distinct from solitude. Solitude is simply the state of being apart from others; not everyone who experiences solitude feels lonely. As a subjective emotion, loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by other people; one who feels lonely, is lonely. The causes of loneliness are varied. They include social, mental, emotional, and environmental factors.

Research has shown that loneliness is found throughout society, including among people in marriages along with other strong relationships, and those with successful careers. Most people experience loneliness at some points in their lives, and some feel it very often. As a short term emotion, loneliness can be beneficial; it encourages the strengthening of relationships. Chronic loneliness on the other hand is widely considered harmful, with numerous reviews and meta-studies concluding it is a significant risk factor for poor mental and physical health outcomes.

In the 21st century, loneliness has been increasingly recognised as a social problem, with both NGOs and governmental actors seeking to tackle it. W

Events[edit | edit source]

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Jan 31 Street Children‘s Day, 2020: Fri

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Feb 20 World Day of Social Justice, 2020: Thu

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Mar 8 International Women's Day, 2020, Sun

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Mar 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2020, Sat

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

  • Land Rights Now, Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights

See also[edit | edit source]

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External links[edit | edit source]

Key to Global Justice Now’s mission is to promote democratic alternatives, enliven public debate and attract more members of the public to global issues. W
  • Oxfam international, international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 94 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and what it considers injustice around the world. In all Oxfam's actions, the ultimate goal is to enable people to exercise their rights and manage their own lives. Oxfam works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful, to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them. Each organization (affiliate) works together internationally to achieve a greater impact through collective efforts. W

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