You might not have noticed, but there are a large number of research efforts currently taking place trying to understand different aspects of how civil society has changed, is changing and should change. Hosted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, we recently met with seven other research projects for a joint learning session to understand and …
Reasons to be cheerful
THE NEW POLITICAL CLIMATE MEANS ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE All times are tough for the social sector; and so they should be. Charities don’t have a right to exist and we thrive on the tension that comes from living on the edge (I can say this now I’m no longer in daily charge of a charity). …
Civil Society Futures update: seven things we’ve been up to, seven things we’re thinking about
We knew what we didn’t want to do. We were determined from the outset that Civil Society Futures wouldn’t simply sit behind a desk somewhere in London and ask ‘important’ people to tell us what they thought. We didn’t want our inquiry into how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world to …
Civil society futures: 3 dilemmas
Civil society organisations - and so our inquiry - are increasingly having to answer some difficult questions.
What’s your biggest fear for civil society in the next ten years?
Julia Unwin is the chair of the Inquiry. Julia was the Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for ten years, and a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003, among other roles. Follow her on Twitter at @Juliaunwin.