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The Maker Generation: Post-Millennials and the future they are fashioning

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The Maker Generation: Post-Millennials and the future they are fashioning

The generation currently finishing their education has great potential. However, their ability to realise their potential is being threatened. Though today’s young people are less likely to be taking drugs, committing crime and getting pregnant than prior generations, Britain has an adolescent mental health crisis. This stage of life is when people are particularly susceptible to the development of mental health issues, with most adult mental illness starting during adolescence.

Our prosperity as a nation is dependent on the wellbeing of all its members. Furthermore, the journey of people out of poverty towards prosperity depends on ensuring this next generation emerges as a thriving cohort. Their employment prospects and collective contribution to society are dependent on their wellbeing.

While many organisations are working on the ground to increase awareness, diagnosis and support for young people, the public policy debate is lagging behind these efforts. In response, this report intends to contribute to understanding young people and the challenges they face.

Read the report here.

Recent Publications

All politics is local: strengthening communities, transforming people's lives

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

We are facing a moment of profound change, which demands a more coherent look at our governance and a better approach to empowering individuals and communities, who we believe should be at the heart of politics.

However, centrally-mandated policies are delivering public services with little input from local communities. Just as they can send signals through market mechanisms in the private sector, people want choices in public service delivery in order to feel in charge of their lives and have a say on how their taxes are spent. This matters because prosperity results from good governance. And good governance requires legitimacy, accountability, transparency, and responsiveness.

For democracy to work, individuals need to have confidence that government decisions are made because they are good for them and their communities. Most of our lives are spent as part of communities, which show their strength by being resilient and adaptable. Empowering people is at the heart of strengthening communities and society.

Read the report here.

Our latest report illustrates why the refugee crisis is the humanitarian challenge of our time

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, as individuals seek to create their own pathways from poverty to prosperity. For far too many, these are journeys not of opportunity but of necessity. People undertaking these so-called 'irregular' journeys are remarkably vulnerable. They are likely to face exploitation at the hands of human traffickers, who generate more than $150 billion in illegal profits each year. Worse still, they may find themselves trapped in a world of modern slavery and sexual exploitation from which they are unable to escape. They are unprotected, accumulate debt, and have no legal recourse.

This phenomenon requires an urgent response. To date, we lack the data to form an accurate appraisal of the motivations behind these extraordinary journeys, and the risks faced by those undertaking them. The purpose of this initial report, the first of three to be published this year, is to produce a data-driven overview of the current landscape of global migration, which will in turn support the Legatum Institute’s commitment to identifying solutions that would assist necessity-driven migrants, refugees and victims of trafficking.

Read the report here.

A community-led future: A proposal for the neighbourhood of Grenfell Tower

Monday, 12 March 2018

The tragic fire in Grenfell Tower on 14th June 2017 killed 71 people and saw 376 households from the Tower and from neighbouring buildings made homeless. 

Our report, A community-led future: A proposal for the neighbourhood of Grenfell Tower, focuses on the next steps for the Lancaster West Estate. This paper makes a case for a community-led future for the estate; and indeed argues that community-led housing represents a way forward for housing policy in general.

Read the report here.

See how community ownership could be a way forward for the Lancaster West Estate