I commend another really important read this week, perhaps the most important read of the year – Civil Society Futures, the result of a two year independent inquiry into the future of community action “from informal networks to vast charities, Facebook groups to faith groups”.
The results identify four key themes:
- Places that matter
- Belonging and identity
- Reimagining work and purpose
- How we organise
It also proposes a ‘PACT’ for individuals, civil society organisations and networks to commit to, which comprises:
- Power – shifting it to the community and being a model of inclusive participation
- Accountability – being accountable to our own and future generations rather than funders
- Connection – bridging social divides and creating a new “social infrastructure”
- Trust – building it and earning it and demonstrating that communities can be trusted to make decisions affecting them.
This is a discussion starter drawn together by some of the most experienced leaders in our sector. Find out more on the report website and join the debate,