Ethical Reading blog

Here you’ll find our latest news, event summaries and topical articles on ethical themes. If you would like to contribute, please email us at [email protected].

Business ethics

Lying, deceit and playing the game

I recently attended a fascinating online meet-up hosted by Ethical Reading, on the topic of when (if ever) it is ethically permissible for businesses to lie. Nick Bion delivered a

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Wellbeing

Men have feelings too

Is there a man in your life? Father, brother, family member, partner, or friend? Whilst the importance of men’s emotional health is now more widely talked about, I see a

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Sustainability

The reading tree

One of our volunteers, Hiral, shared this gorgeous photo with us of her daughter on World Book Day. Here’s the story behind it… “During the first five years of my

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Sustainability

Sustainable computing

As the world shifts gears from an industry driven engine and embraces a service-based economy, it creates ripples that will be felt in years to come. No argument that digital

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Business ethics

Ethical Property

One of the sessions at the recent Reading Climate Festival was about “Can Planning Help to Tackle Climate Change?” The session covered the principles of planning, and also an example

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Wellbeing

Reflections for a mindful Christmas

This Christmas for many is going to be very different. Some people are embracing the opportunity to slow down and have a smaller, quieter celebration. Some are trying to keep

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Sustainability

Reading’s Lancet Countdown

One of the first sessions at the recent Reading Climate Festival covered an innovative project led by Professor Elizabeth Robinson of the University of Reading. It is motivated by the

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Wellbeing

Workplace audit: home working

The impact of COVID-19 has been far and wide, affecting us all in our professional, home, and social environments. We have been propelled into the unknown and with no immediate

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Sustainability

Sustainability, for profit

Since the industrial revolution, two influential groups have been at the heart of driving global social change & sustainability. In one corner we have governments who whilst driving a multitude

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Sustainability

How many trees to offset a car commute?

One of the measures proposed to mitigate global warming is reforestation – planting more trees. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that about one sixth of all greenhouse gas emissions come

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With our Trees for Reading initiative, we aim to bring more than 3,000 urban trees to Reading over the next five years. To make this possible, we’re looking for local organisations to sponsor their planting and care and inviting Reading residents to donate to our community tree planting fund.
A really enjoyable session where I presented the subject of stress and burnout by firstly exploring a diagram I presented called the Human Function Curve.  In this initial discussion I spoke about how we need activity in our lives in order to thrive and how having nothing to do is actually detrimental to our mental health.