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?
Civil society really matters – it is a valuable and essential part of our daily lives, bringing people together, building their confidence and capability, offering a helping hand to those in crisis, delivering services, challenging injustice.
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.
Longer research report
Research led by Natalie Fenton, Adam Dinham, Tom Greenwood – Goldsmiths University of London26th April 2018