1 year on, what have we heard? Our work in progress reports

Black Lives Matters protest and sculpture of person screaming

1 year on, what have we heard? Our work in progress reports

We are now twelve months into our inquiry into the future of civil society in England, hearing over 1,500 people so far — what have they said?

But our generation is facing new challenges. More impersonal and more divided, we face the possibility of an ‘us and them’ future. Inequality… racial tensions… robots replacing humans…. ignored by government… many feel powerless, they have little control over the future – and are losing trust in big institutions, including charities.

And yet there is enormous possibility – civil society can and must respond.

Its big role in the coming years is to generate a radical and creative shift which puts power in the hands of people and communities, connecting us better and humanising the future.

» Find out more by reading our 1 year work in progress reports below.  And please tell us what you think: leave comments, share your views on social media #civilsocietyfutures, share your story, host a discussion or write a blog.

Summary report

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Longer research report

Research led by Natalie Fenton, Adam Dinham, Tom Greenwood – Goldsmiths University of London

Download here

26th April 2018


  1. Ruary Neill says:

    I heard Julia Unwin speak at a conference yesterday and wholeheartedly agree with her view that a key issue is the importance of localism. By this I mean the importance of the local community that we live in and having the pride in that community to go out and promote it and improve it. One of the ways in the past that helped promote localism through engendering a sense of belonging was the promotion of local mutually owned enterprises whether local building societies or other enterprises. This had the added advantage of adding to the economic wellbeing of the local community as money spent was kept in the community. Has the Independent Panel looked at ways in which local mutually owned enterprises might be encouraged and, if so, what do others think about this idea?

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