Ben Simmons: Get over hating the Tories, it’s time to show some love
CommonSpace columnist Ben Simmons says telling someone they're scum probably won't win them over
AND we’re off! We knew it was coming. We watched the reporting and misreporting of polls, we bought our Yes2 mugs and made our guests drink out of them, we imagined Nicola striding about her war room sticking pins in a map of Scotland and now the moment has arrived. #ScotRef is on.
Ben Simmons: Are you brave enough to publish your salary?
CommonSpace columnist Ben Simmons says there are things men can do to play their role in closing the gender pay gap
#GENDERPAYGAP is trending today on Twitter so let’s talk salaries. Why is it so awkward to tell people what we earn?
Ben Simmons: Basic income could increase divorce, and that’s a good thing
Ben Simmons: A stressful workplace is a failed workplace
Writer and campaigner Ben Simmons says the effects of stress in the workplace should be taken more seriously
YOU see it a lot in job advertisements - "Do you enjoy working in a high-pressure environment?"
It would be interview suicide to say: "No, actually, I hate feeling stressed. It makes me spend all my time thinking about how stressed I am instead of actually doing anything and it makes me want to finish the task rather than do the task well."
Ben Simmons: Would you quit your job for £13,000 a year?
Campaigner Ben Simmons gives his take on the UK Government's new cap on benefits, which started this week
UNEMPLOYMENT sucks, trust me. I recently changed careers and spent eight months looking for work.
It was the worst time of my life and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone - except most of my former colleagues and our Tory government.
Ben Simmons: How to change Scotland with 3 ideas
Campaigner Ben Simmons outlines the benefits of Open Government
RIGHT NOW there is a paper incubating on CommonSocial – CommonSpace’s social network – which will advocate for a new approach to public life in Scotland.
The idea is that people like yourselves will have more say in what happens in your communities, how your money is spent, and how the government behaves.
Ben Simmons: What do people want from Open Government?
Campaigner Ben Simmons reflects on CommonWeal’s Imagining Open Government for Scotland event and examines how citizens can get more involved in policy
ON the 4 September 2016, 30 members of the public gathered in Glasgow to discuss what they would like an Open Government in Scotland to mean to them.
Ben Simmons: Lessons from the NHS for the future of Open Government
Campaigner Ben Simmons says its up to citizens to make sure Scotland takes advantage of its Open Government opportunity
THE Open Government movement in Scotland is gathering momentum. Civil society and the Scottish Government are in discussions about how we can use our new Pioneer status to tailor a strategy specific to Scotland away from the UK agenda set by Westminster.
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