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Halcyon actively monitors change covering more than 150 key elements of life.

A Mundane Comedy is Dominic Kelleher's new book, which will be published later in 2023. The introduction is available here and further extracts will appear on this site in the coming months. Please get in touch with any questions or thoughts.

The 52:52:52 project, launching both on this site and on Twitter in early 2023 will help you address 52 issues with 52 responses over 52 weeks.

Progress

What's Changing? - Health
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Halcyon Impacts 24 January 2023

 

Please see below selected recent health-related change. This page includes general updates on mental health, but please see Halcyon's pages on anxiety, depression and therapy for more detailed content on those elements.

 

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What's New? - Progress
Progress
Halcyon Identifies 1 January 2023

 

Halcyon curates the most significant progress-related content from carefully selected sources, Please contact us if you'd like our help with progress-related challenges.

What's Changing? - Wellbeing
Wellbeing
Halcyon Identifies 12 September 2022

 

Please see below selected recent wellbeing-related change.

 

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September 2022

Steep decline in infant deaths Halcyon In Figures 14 October 2019

 

The death rate of babies under the age of one has fallen steeply in the last few decades. It's now probably at its lowest ever rate in human history. That’s thanks to many modern public health victories: better sanitation, more access to clean drinking water, enhanced nutrition, and the improved education of women.

 

Infant Deaths Have More Than Halved

What Counts? - Education
Education
Halcyon In Figures 27 June 2018

 

Please see below selected recent education-related facts and figures.

 

June 2018

  • The number of school-age children who are not in school was 110 million in the mid 1990s, and  60 million in the latest data.

On the Singularity

Many are imagining, some even planning for, the coming of the "singularity". Some are for, some against, many others sceptical that it could ever arrive.

Ray Kurzweil, who inter alia works on Google's machine learning project, predicts that by 2029, humans will be extending their lives considerably or even indefinitely. He also believes the human brain could be enhanced by tiny robotic implants that connect to cloud-based computer networks to give us 'God-like' abilities.

On Development
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Halcyon In Kal… 12 April 2016

To Oxford Martin School to see Ian Goldin, former Vice President of the World Bank and former economic advisor to Nelson Mandela.

Goldin believes development is the no.1 issue facing humanity - why do some societies and some individuals develop, get richer, get rights etc....while others don't? Why is GDP so pre-dominant, meaning that destructive practices (e.g. environmental harm) are counted as economic acticity - in short, "why are the bads of economies counted as goods?"

Goldin traced the trajectory of development over recent decades. Dependency theory led to uneven development which countries tried to address through import substitution, but countries are generally not very good at state-controlled production and then the oil price rises of the 1970s led to a vicious cycle of debts and bail-outs.