How better parenting can keep families functioning
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme writes in CapX about our new report on the quality of parenting classes in the UK. Our polling found that respondents overwhelmingly believe family is important in creating the best environment for young people to flourish. Parenting classes are found to be very helpful yet their delivery is inconsistent in providing the support needed across the country. Read the full article here
Charlie Gard's parents may have to let him go
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme writes for the Daily Mail about the heart breaking situation Charlie Gard's parents find themselves in, drawing on her family's experience with her brother, Lorenzo, who was also afflicted by an incurable genetic condition. Read the full article here
It helps to admit your failures as a parent
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
With the launch of our new research into parenting classes, Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme writes for The Times that parenting classes would benefit all parents and that there shouldn't be a stigma attached to them. Read the full article here
Parenting Skills Classes: Transforming the Next Generation
Monday, 10 April 2017
Families are the bedrock of our society and this is recognised by the public at large—as our recent survey accompanying this report confirms, 84 percent of respondents endorse this statement.
Read the full report here.
Cristina Odone appears on BBC's Daily Politics as Guest of the Day
Friday, 24 February 2017
Director of our Cultural Transformation Programme, Cristina Odone appeared on BBC's Daily Politics as Guest of the Day discussing topics including the recent by-elections in Copeland and Stoke and whether it should be possible for one MP to stop new legislation or if there is an argument that there are too many attempts at bringing in new legislation.
Cristina Odone appears on BBC 1's Big Questions
Monday, 13 February 2017
Director of our Cultural Transformation Programme, Cristina Odone spoke to Nicky Campbell and an invited audience in Leicester for the Big Questions on Sunday 12th Feb
"Lorenzo's Oil" Cristina Odone's speech to the BFI about her brother
Monday, 23 January 2017
At a screening at the BFI Cristina Odone
our Director of Character and Values
added a personal perspective to a showing of the 1992 film "Lorenzo's Oil". It stars Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon, who play her father and step-mother who are trying to care for their son Lorenzo. He was Cristina's step brother and had adrenoleukodystrophy. This is the speech she gave
Selfish Shallow Britain Doesn't Have Time for Our Old and Frail
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
It's time to remember that looking after our elderly parents should be seen as a privilege, rather than a chore, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Centre for Character and Values at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)
You Can't Prosper Just by Getting Richer
Saturday, 30 April 2016
How can a slum-dweller be happier than a City high-flyer? Because we have forgotten what matters: family, trust and charity, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Centre for Character and Values at the Legatum Institute (The Times)
Brexit Implications for UK Business
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum
, Hugo Dixon
, International New York Times columnist and Chairman of pro-EU campaign initiative InFacts, discussed the likely consequences of ‘Brexit’, making the case for continued UK membership of the European Union.
Granny Annexe Tax Strikes at Family Values
Monday, 4 April 2016
The Conservatives have turned their backs on tradition with a short-sighted policy that ignores the costs of social care, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Centre for Character and Values at the Legatum Institute (The Times)
Productivity in the UK
Monday, 29 February 2016
Nick Boles, MP
, Minister of State for Skills, spoke at a Legatum Institute Business Forum
lunch on the government’s plan to improve UK productivity through greater investment in infrastructure, increased wages and training.
Science and Religion—with Andrew Briggs
Monday, 25 January 2016
The Legatum Institute hosted Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials at Oxford University and artist Roger Wagner for a discussion around their book ‘The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions’.
The Prosperity Problem
Sunday, 5 July 2015
In a special report for Newsweek, the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index reveals which countries fared best—and worst—following 'The Great Recession' of 2008.
The Road to Character
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The Legatum Institute was delighted to host best-selling author and 'New York Times' columnist, David Brooks, for a discussion that celebrated his new book, 'The Road to Character'.
Magna Carta: The Greatest Bargain Ever Struck
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Daniel Hannan, the Conservative MEP for South East England, spoke about ‘freedom and liberty’ at an off-the-record lunch hosted at the Legatum Institute.
America's Presidential Race—2016
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
As America gears up for its 2016 General Election, Jacob Heilbrunn, Editor of The National Interest, gave an insider's account of the runners and riders in the US election.
Why Politicians Avoid the F-word
Monday, 9 February 2015
The family offers the best shield against increasing loneliness and isolation - our politicans mustn't be afraid to talk about it, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)
Nuns Could Teach Tristram Hunt a Thing or Two
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute, offers advice to UK Shadow Education Secretary of State, following his recent comments on teacher training (Daily Mail)
Television: Still Relevant After All These Years
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
The Legatum Institute was delighted to welcome Archie Norman, Chairman of ITV, for a lunch discussion. Norman, a former head of ASDA and Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells, argued that despite new platforms, television remains the one medium that allows for a national conversation.
Europe is Becoming a No God zone
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
We must act fast to protect outward signs of observance, or religion will be purged completely from public life in the West, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)
From the Yazidis to the Copts: The Fate of Minority Religions
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
The Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum was pleased to host a lunch discussion with former diplomat Gerard Russell to speak about his new book Heirs to Forgotten Kingdom: Journey into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East. Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Institute, moderated the lively conversation.
A Good Society that Just Goes on Giving
Monday, 3 November 2014
Cruel Britannia is a figment of the Left’s imagination—we are a very generous people, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (The Daily Telegraph).
United States is No Longer Perceived to Be ‘the land of the free’
Monday, 3 November 2014
2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals US public feel they have less ‘personal freedom’ than in 2011, while Norway is the most prosperous country in the world while the Central African Republic finishes bottom of the rankings.
Beyond GDP: The True Roots of Prosperity
Monday, 29 September 2014
In his 2014 Conservative Party Conference speech, George Osborne declared that he “wants Britain to be the most prosperous country on earth”. But how do we get there? The Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion at this week’s Conservative Party Conference to discuss the drivers of—and the obstacles to—UK prosperity.
Suburbia's Secret Slaves
Friday, 19 September 2014
Even the smartest neighbourhoods can hide victims of domestic slavery, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)
Boris Johnson On London’s Athenian Legacy—And Why It Is Under Threat
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
LONDON—Boris Johnson says London boasts the same political culture of freedom, tolerance, and intellectual experimentation enjoyed in 5th century Athens. But the capital city’s mayor urges Londoners and Britons to guard against “illiberal democracy” which threatens these Athenian virtues.
Looting Ukraine: How East and West Teamed up to Steal a Country
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
LONDON—Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is making headway in the attempt to restore constitutional rule in the country’s east. But Russian expansionism is only part of the problem: endemic corruption risks turning Ukraine into a failed state—and the West is helping.
Slavery and Abolition: Then and Now
Monday, 7 July 2014
LONDON—The Coalition Government wants to lead a global campaign to tackle modern slavery. Its proposed Modern Slavery Bill receives its second reading on 8 July 2014.
Legatum Institute 2014 Summer Party
Thursday, 19 June 2014
At the Legatum Institute's 2014 Summer Party, John Humphrys, BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenter, took part in a hilarious question and answer session with Cristina Odone, the Legatum Institute’s new Director of Communications, covering Tony Blair, politicians who dodge questions, and lunch with the Queen.