20 November 2018.
This week sees the findings of a two-year independent inquiry into the future of civil society in England revealed for the first time.
The report is the culmination of discoveries made through the course hundreds of workshops, meetings and events and the thoughts, hopes and academic research gleaned from over 3,000 people.
“A stronger civil society is essential for our shared futures.” (Julia Unwin)
Why produce the report?
The need for a ‘big conversation’ was recognised to try to address the many divisions we are now seeing in our society – politically, socially, geographically and between different generations.
It was time to “re-energise and renew” the social fabric in a way that reconnected people in spite of these divides by talking to organisations, groups, movements and networks across the country.
Here is Julia Unwin, Chair of Civil Society Futures to explain in more detail.
What were the key findings?
Read the report foreword by Julia Unwin here.
The final reports can be downloaded here.
It is hoped the inquiry will enable civil society to effectively support the next decade of a changing society. That although our expectations of organisations and institutions are changing and our demands on their practices and accountability are increasing, the energy all that creates can be used to bring about positive change.
Civil society involves everyone and its future depends on us.
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