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  • If we are planning for the future, then where are the young people?

    There is a paradox at the heart of urban planning. Property developers, planners and consultants alike talk of the need to “plan for the future” and design schemes which last for generations. But why are the beneficiaries of such developments frequently the last to be consulted?

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins gold: a victory for motherhood on and off the track

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, was incredible to watch as she powered over the finish line to win gold in 10.71 seconds. However, for me at least, what was truly remarkable came afterwards.

    Big business gets ‘woke’

    Just last month, the Business Roundtable – an association of CEOs of top American companies working to promote a thriving US economy – announced its intent to change course on the guiding principles of business by declaring that companies are no longer solely beholden to the interests of shareholders, but that corporations also have a responsibility to the communities they serve.

    New leader, new momentum

    The Liberal Democrats regard themselves as a party in the ascendancy and the atmosphere at this year’s Conference was buoyant.

    A conversation with Jon Sopel: Inside Trump’s Whitehouse

    This morning we hosted a breakfast discussion between Portland’s Alastair Campbell and Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America Editor to mark the publication of his new book, “A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump’s White House“. Here are the top five takeaways from this morning’s event: 1. Political mastermind? Having observed Trump’s decisions as a […]

    Blockchain’s future depends on a different kind of networking

    Despite its enormous and far reaching potential, it is not just the public who don’t understand the basics. Politicians, civil servants and other policy professionals also appear to be burying their heads in the sand.

    The new rules for talking about M&A

    Many company bosses and boards have not helped themselves in this context by being slow to react.

    Local elections: the results

    Westminster commentators are often quick to fix their own narrative to local election results nationally, but examining the individual results provide much more nuance.

    The women we thank: #IWD2019

    The theme of this year’s #InternationalWomensDay2019 is #BalanceforBetter: the idea that gender balance makes for a better working world. That seems self-evident to us, working at Portland.

    The realities of establishing a new political group

    Over the last three days eight Labour MPs and three Conservative MPs left their respective parties to start “The Independent Group”, more are rumoured to be thinking of joining them.

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