The UK needs a bold and ambitious Civil Society Strategy that encourages, enables and supports people to empower themselves through collective action to achieve their aspirations for a shared common good. The Strategy must support the reinvigoration of a civil society full of individual and collective agency, participation, shared responsibility, solidarity and mutualism.
To expend scarce time and resource to maximum effect this Strategy should focus extensively on public policy that aims to redistribute power and opportunity for action. And crucially, the Strategy should also be full of public policy that aims to nurture the capacities of individuals and communities to work together to share power and seize opportunities.
We have made a series or practical recommendations for how government could do this focusing on:
- community development and localism with an economic emphasis
- digital platform co-ops
- community investment
- public-social partnerships
- mission-led businesses