From the industrial revolution to the internet: power to the people
This is a guest post by Julia Unwin, Chair of the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society. Citizens UK has been supporting the inquiry over the last 12 months as it explores how Civil Society is changing and how to ensure it remains relevant, trusted and accessible to everyone.
Civil society? We may not use this phrase every day, but it’s at the heart of our everyday lives – from churches to charities, social media to social enterprise, it’s so often where we find community, meaning and purpose.
But even though it’s the foundation stone of our country, civil society doesn’t and cannot stand still. It is shaped at times of change and also has its biggest impact at just those times.
I’ve been constantly reminded of the importance of civil society – and how we need to respond better to a changing world – through the many events and national debates in this first year of the Civil Society Futures inquiry. Terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, Brexit, Grenfell, #metoo, Oxfam and now Windrush.
Read the Civil Society Futures progress report