Reducing inequality

August 13, 2009

Inequality within our society has a major effect on our overall well-being.

Countries with high levels of economic inequality have been shown to have significantly lower literacy rates, worse mental health problems and a higher prison population. Recent research by Wilkinson and Pickett has identified New Zealand as the 6th most unequal developed country, where the wealth of the top 20% of the population is 7 times that of the wealth of the poorest 20%.

How can we narrow the economic differential within our society and make our communities places where all can flourish?

Click here to view the PDF of “MIND THE GAP” – Ferguson Lecture, August 2009

Please read Andrew Bradstock’s lecture and post your comments and ideas about working towards this goal.

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3 Responses to “Reducing inequality”

  1. Chrissy said

    Depends on what wealth is defined as – because New Zealanders as a whole enjoy a far higher standard of living than people in most other countries around the world, in terms of access to water fit to drink, sanitation (toilets!), healthcare access (number of Dr’s per head of population), etc. So even the poorest of us have access to water fit to drink, enough even to wash with, and to a toilet. Also, if you have a look into the lower socioeconomic area houses, you would notice televisions, DVD players, Stereos etc. We cannot call ourselves poor really.

  2. Glenn said

    I wonder whether we really should be as concerned about reducing inequality as we are (should be) about fostering an environment where all can flourish. Is there any reason to think that these two sets of circustances must always go together? Is something wrong every time any number of people start to get richer than others?

  3. Pene said

    Be the change you want to see in the world…Gandhi…

    We are here to disseminate not to accumulate..unknown…

    Walk in another person’s shoes for a day and you will find it changes your preceptions of who you are and how much you actually matter…

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