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The road to relevance

The biggest question facing civil society leaders today, as it no doubt has at every point in time where society has changed quickly, is ‘are we still relevant?’. That we are in a period of major change and disruption in how our economy and society democracy work is undoubted. What is less clear is whether …

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Our shared PACT

How can we shape the future together? Power » Accountability » Connection » Trust » We are putting forward a PACT for civil society, by civil society – shared aspirations for us all to commit to, for the decade ahead and beyond. It’s not waiting for permission, or hoping others will provide a plan. It’s civil society making …

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“We are here”: art to bring the PACT to life

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Artist Rebecca Strickson has created a response to the civil society PACT through four beautiful banners that bring it, and people’s voices, to life.

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Bert Massie was a giant in our world

So many people across the voluntary sector, government and wider public policy will have been saddened by the terrible news of the death of Sir Bert Massie. He was, as so many others will say, a giant in our world, a brilliant and effective campaigner, with a clear-eyed focus on what can be achieved when …

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On brass bands and Brexit; culture and cuts: the case of Shirebrook

  Shirebrook is the kind the of place where everyone greets you in the street and the brass band plays in the park on a Saturday, teenagers preen in the town square for want of other places to flirt, and the library is bustling with people taking advantage of free internet – perhaps because they …

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Internet equality is about to get Trumped – let’s build a wall to defend it

The principle that the internet should be as fast as possible for all its users means small voices with big ideas can transform society. Let's keep it that way.

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Platform co-ops: how civil society needs to own the technology of the future

For most of the last decade, I’ve been a reporter, covering stories on how technology is reshaping public life, from debates about God to protests in the streets. One thing I’ve noticed is that Internet culture has an odd way of using a really important word: democracy. When a new app is said to be …

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