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Part consultancy, part thinktank, part social enterprise, Halcyon helps you prepare for and respond to personal, organisational and societal change.

A Mundane Comedy is Halcyon's new book. Extracts will appear on this site and across social media from the beginning of 2021. Please get in touch with any questions about the book or related Halcyon services.

Halcyon monitors change for more than 150 key elements of life.

Halcyon In Figures

Murders are falling around the world Halcyon In Figures 1 January 2020

 

The risk of being murdered has been declining for a quarter of a century. Eastern Europe in particular has seen steep drops, by as much as 75%.

Homicides Are Falling Around the World

The cost of renewables is falling fast Halcyon In Figures 1 January 2020

The Cost of Renewables Is Falling Fast

What Counts? - Water

Water

 

In 2000, as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the world pledged to half to share of people without access to an improved water source by 2015 from 1990 levels. The world surpassed this target by 2010, increasing access to 91 percent by 2015. Globally, 2.6 billion people gained access over this period — more than a third of the world's population have gained access to improved water since 1990, according to Our World in Data. The progress over this 25-year period is shown by region in the chart below, as the share of the population who have gained access since 1990.

Access to improved water sources is increasing across the world, rising from 76 percent of the global population in 1990 to 91 percent in 2015, according to Our World in Data.

Fewer children are dying from malaria Halcyon In Figures 18 October 2019

p>Fewer Children Are Dying From Malaria

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

Homosexuality now legal in most countries Halcyon In Figures 9 October 2019

It’s Legal to Be Homosexual in the Majority of World Countries

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 CRISPR

Genetics

 

40%: The percentage of patients reported to have responded to one of the most advanced CRISPR cancer therapy studies to be tested in China. China is far ahead of the US in CRISPR cancer studies due to its less stringent approval requirements, but the US and Europe are set to see their first human trials of the gene-editing technique this year. With potentially transformative implications across medicine, agriculture, and even chemical products, CB Insights' 5,200-word CRISPR deep dive unpacks the science behind the technology, its applications, controversies it’s stirred up, and where CRISPR may take us next. 

On Reconstruction

Reconstruction

 

It will cost $300 billion to rebuild Syria, according to the UN. Even as the carnage continues, Iran and Russia are already quietly waging an uncivil war to get in on those lucrative construction contracts, argued Eurasia Group in February 2018.

On the world in figures as 2018 dawns

Sources:   http://brainmail.nowandnext.com/; Signal Media

As many as 48 million of Twitter’s active users — nearly 15 percent of the Twitterverse— are automated accounts designed to simulate real people. The company claims that number is far lower, but the point remains: social media has become a decisive platform for commerce and politics – and its increasingly defined by people who aren’t even people.

 

By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in regions that face

"absolute water scarcity".

Ref: United Nations (Switzerland)

 

In 2016, 19,000 children were admitted to UK hospitals

after self-harming. This represented a rise of 14 per cent

on the previous year.

Ref: Financial Times (UK)

 

Obesity killed 3 million people globally in 2010.