On November 2nd and 3rd, Home Renaissance Foundation co-hosted a Meeting with the Social Trends Institute at the Queen Mary Centre for Commercial Law Studies,University of London bringing together top academics from around the world to examine the home from their respective disciplines. A book publication of the conference papers is forthcoming, to be edited by Professor Emeritus Antonio Argandona.
Launch of 'Think Piece on Intergenerational Living in the UK' at the House of Lords
The Lord Richard Best, OBE hosted a breakfast event in the House of Lords, on March 24th on behalf of Home Renaissance Foundation. The event was to launch "Bricks and Mortar Across Generations: A Think Piece on Intergenerational Living in the UK". The report explores the contours of policy and practice surrounding homes where two or more adult generations live under the same roof. It presents the findings of interviews with policymakers, practitioners and thought leaders in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and calls for a Commission on Intergenerational Housing. Click here to read the event briefing.
HRF is pleased to announce the appointment of UN Special Representative on International Migration and former World Trade Organisation General Director Peter Sutherland KCMG SC as Patron of the Foundation, and Antonio Argandona , Emeritus Professor of Economics and of Business Ethics and holder of the "la Caixa" Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance at IESE Business School, as a Director.
Our 2015 Workshop took place in Rome on March 30th, 2015. The meeting brought together top academics, journalists and practitioners from the UK, Europe and the Americas. The symposium was an opportunity to discuss the Foundation’s vision and development since its beginnings in 2006, as well as examining such topics as media perspectives on the home. There were opportunities for knowledge exchange and sharing best practices among participants, as well as developing on critical concepts that underpin our understanding of the work of the home in the 21st century.
The main objective of the Homemakers Project, which consists on a documentary and 40 short videos, is to help recognize the value of housework chores in building home environments, to promote housework as a professional field, to promote initiatives supporting family-work balance, to support people whose professional choice is housework, to counteract the current social pressure that restricts many people, especially women, from choosing a career consistent with the needs of their family, and to create awareness that running a household requires training, just as in other professions.
HRF has had its first associated publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal. Anne Zahra of the University of Waikato, as editor of the themed issue has published papers from HRF's Third Annual Conference in Hospitality & Society. Her editorial entitled "Navigating Interdisciplinary Inhospitableness: The Home-Hospitality Interface" introduced the papers "Responsive homes of old Cairo: Learning from the past, feeding in the future" by Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem of Queens' University Belfast and "Work-home balance: A Management Perspective" by Dr. Kathleen Farrell.