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Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.

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Posted 22/03/2010 | 1 Comment

Writing my new book The Tears that Made the Clyde hasn't been great for blogging and even since publication it has been the case since I've been busy with various launch events. The last of them was in Ullapool in the fabulous Ceilidh Place. I was up there at the weekend participating in one of the events they hold twice a year called Changin Scotland. This is a bit of a misnomer as one of the great things about the programme is that it pretty electic and often covers issues which are not particularly Scottish. I particularly valued the contribution at this one made by Anthony Barnett who was one of the people to set up Charter 88 and Open Democracy. His recent New Statesman cover article is really worth reading. These discussions on the centralisation of power has really strengthened my interest in writing a paper on how dangerous the well-being agenda could be if it is implemented by a government (of whatever colour) which operates in a top-down fashion.

However, that's for the future. What's more pressing is preparing for our next event. It is on self-esteem and has clearly hit a raw nerve. We put out the info to the data base one wednesday and by the following we had allocated all the places - 450 of them. We've had a waiting list for some time now. If you couldn't attend or didn't manage to get a place then you will be able to hear some of the contributions at a later date since we'll record them. I'm also in the process of putting some handouts together on the alternatives to self-esteem - hence a shorter than usual blog.

 

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Alan Coady
Joined: 30/04/2008

Comment Posted: 23/03/2010 14:49
Congratulations on the book and also on the rapid uptake of the Self Esteem event. Regarding the latter, I suspect that this uptake indicates that many people, myself included, have come to look upon the Centre for Confidence and Well-being as one of the few places willing to point out that the Emperor has no new clothes.
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