The name of this blog, Rainbow Juice, is intentional.
The rainbow signifies unity from diversity. It is holistic. The arch suggests the idea of looking at the over-arching concepts: the big picture. To create a rainbow requires air, fire (the sun) and water (raindrops) and us to see it from the earth.
Juice suggests an extract; hence rainbow juice is extracting the elements from the rainbow, translating them and making them accessible to us. Juice also refreshes us and here it symbolises our nutritional quest for understanding, compassion and enlightenment.

Friday 22 June 2012

Spirit Level documentary/film

I have mentioned “The Spirit Level” a few times on this blog site.  To reiterate: essentially the book presents the findings of two UK based epidemiologists who studied the potential link between inequality and various social ills.  Irrespective of the social ill (crime rates, ill-health, obesity, teen pregnancy, morbidity etc.) they found that those countries and communities that had greater levels of inequality also had worse social ills.

The Equality Trust is now wanting to produce a documentary/film based on this book.  In order to do so they are attempting to raise funds and have just over one week to run in the campaign to raise the monies required.  I fully endorse this documentary and so I am posting a request from the Director of the film.  Check out the link that she includes and see what you can offer (and also what you can receive – they’re giving something back).

One week to go!
As you know, it was exactly one month ago that we launched our campaign to raise awareness and funds for the forthcoming Spirit Level documentary. What a month it's been. We've had an extraordinary response, support from around the globe, mentions in leading publications and blogs - and we've raised a fantastic amount to get the Spirit Level production started. Thank you to everyone who has supported us - be it by spreading the word or pre-buying one of our perks.

One final push
When we launched on the 21st May we created a lot of noise and generated a lot of coverage about the problems of inequality, as well as raising vital funds for the project. We were able to put across a strong message about public support for the issue, and make a lot of people stand up and take notice.
Today, we are asking you to join us to recreate the buzz of our first day. We have just over a week left, and we want to maximise the opportunity of our campaign to raise awareness and help us achieve our target. We are asking everyone who shared our campaign to share again with their networks today. We are asking new supporters to join in and make this message even bigger. Often, messages can be missed, and this is a great chance for us to build a momentum and even exceed what we achieved on our first day.

So please share our campaign page at and help make a stand against inequality.
If you haven't yet pre-bought your copy of the film, please also consider doing so. We need less than £2,600 to reach our target, and if we raise more, every penny will also go towards the production and distribution of this film. There are various perks on offer, from signed copies of the book, to invites to the premiere! It's possible to contribute any amount, and anonymously.
Thank you for being involved
Katharine Round
Director, The Spirit Level Documentary


  1. The research in The Spirit Level is deeply flawed. See The Spirit Level Delusion and other rebuttals, not all from ideological opponents. You may want the thesis to be true, but we have insufficient evidence to say it is.

    1. All the research in the book is peer-reviewed, which from my looking at The Spirit Level Delusion does not seem to be the case. Aside from peer-reviews, scientific analysis etc the general thesis of Wilkinson and Pickett rings an empirical trith with my 30 or 40 years work in community development. It is far from the case that I want the thesis to be true, it is more a case of how do we help to redress the (sometimes) serious social ills of society. If this thesis helps move that debate forward I can only applaud it. Finally, the whole process of science and formation of understanding rests on thesis, rebuttal, re-thesis, re-re-buttal etc. Dismissal should not enter the equation.

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