The pro-social ideal draws strongly on thoughts about social capital. Wonky types have been talking about this for a while: here are useful government papers from 2001 and 2002 (pdfs).
Social capital guru Robert Putnam has been talking about immigration recently. Apparently, ethnic diversity does reduce trust and social solidarity. I find other trends more worrying. In 2003 the average British commute was 35 minutes. Today, it is one hour five minutes. Nick Paumgarten considers the implications in the New Yorker.
Climate change has highlighted the duty of current generations to those who come after us. Philipa Duthie explores some of the lessons we can learn from indigenous cultures and new moves to deliver intergenerational justice.
Public services, commercial corporations and spontaneous social movements: what's the power they all lack? How might public service reform not flounder through shoehorning dynamism into a universalist and planned approach? How might businesses become genuinely socially responsible rather than merely intoning fine sounding rhetoric?