Civil society is on the cusp of remarkable change. The Commission of Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in the UK and Ireland believes that civil society activity has the power to radically alter the way we live and plays a central role in responding to the challenges of our time.
Making good society, the final report of the Inquiry Commission, argues that civil society has been pushed to the margins in key areas including politics, finance and the media and that this must change. The report explores how civil society activity can help: grow a more civil economy; enable a rapid and just transition to a low carbon economy; democratise media ownership and content; and grow participatory and deliberative democracy. The Commission hopes that the evidence and ideas provided in this report and the direction of travel it sets for a ‘good’ society will inspire individuals and organisations to act and invest in civil society activity.
The reports sets out a radical agenda to claim back power for civil society – calling for a definitive shift from doing things “to” and “for” people, to doing “with”.
Geoff Mulgan, Chair of Commission