Our case is the biggest in employment law in a generation, fighting for basic rights like paid annual leave and the minimum wage.
We are starting a 'Fairwork Foundation' to set minimum standards in the gig economy. Can we change the rules of the future?
So much untapped potential
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CounterCoin… how we’re boosting community action and volunteering
In the Potteries (Stoke on Trent region) we are minting our own ceramic money! It's a volunteer reward scheme that recognises and rewards community action and volunteering then campaigns for businesses to support this action.
3 things charities should be doing to build stronger relationships with business
A few years ago, YHLCOSA, a charity working to prevent sexual harm, made radical changes to the way it operates. It was a change which saw the charity develop much stronger relationships with its local business community, in order to support its work across Yorkshire, the Humber and Lincolnshire.
Ten years after the crash, is civil society ready to take on big finance?
Ten years ago the French bank BNP Paribas ceased activity in three hedge funds, announcing that it could no longer measure the value of instruments based on US subprime mortgages. The event is widely regarded as representing the beginning of the global financial crisis, as what had previously been regarded as minor turbulence in the …
Event feedback: A business perspective on Civil Society
What do business leaders think about the future of civil society? The basics: Who? Pioneer business partners from the Forum for the Future network, including representatives form Unilever, Boots, Kingfisher, Marks & Spencers, Innovate UK, Crown Estate Where? Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent When? 18th Jul 2017 Why? Part of an annual ‘away day’ with this group who …
It’s not just ‘fringe’ groups that are at risk of surveillance – UK civil society needs to learn digital security, and fast
A perfect storm of hacking and big data, corporate spying, and the surveillance-obsessed British state puts everyone at risk. Two years ago the human rights NGO Amnesty International was informed that the UK government had spied on its communications. It had taken 18 months of litigation and persistence to confirm their suspicions. In response, Amnesty’s …
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.
“There are no boundaries”: a response to Julia Unwin’s dilemmas
Julia Unwin, chair of Civil Society Futures, published “three dilemmas” for civil society. Here, Tom Levitt responds. Dilemma 1: Where are the boundaries? On the one hand, there is pressure do everything we can to avoid blurring boundaries, and to make sure that we are crystal clear about our definitions: what is charitable, what isn’t? When …