Seminar: The Future of Civil Society

Join Julia Unwin, the Chair of the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society for this seminar focusing on why civil society is important to all of us and how can we continue to support civil society in Gloucestershire.

Civil society is all of us. When we act not for profit nor because the law requires us to, but out of love or anger or creativity, or principle, we are civil society. When we bring together our friends or colleagues or neighbours to have fun or to defend our rights or to look after each other, we are civil society. Whether we organise through informal friendship networks, Facebook groups, community events and protests; or formal committees, charities, faiths and trade unions, whether we block runways or co-ordinate coffee mornings, sweat round charity runs or make music for fun; when we organise ourselves outside the market and the state, we are all civil society.

During this seminar Julia will also share her findings from her recent report on Kindness and Emotions, the Public Policy Blind Spot, in which she recognises that kindness in public policy is a deeply disruptive concept. The report acknowledges the emotions at the heart of what we do and gives them the status normally reserved for KPIs, risk registers and metrics of things that can be readily enumerated. It’s difficult, and it challenges our deepest beliefs. But a recognition of the need for kindness is essential if we are to build trust, enable people to change their behaviour, and secure the outcomes that all the rest of the apparatus is designed to deliver.

Julia Unwin was the Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust from 2007 until the end of 2016.

Date: 17th June 3 – 6pm

Location: The Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6PN

Parking: There is parking available on site.

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