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Imagining the country we want to be

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Imagining the country we want to be

Britain faces a series of great challenges in the years ahead. Political, technological and demographic changes are underway that will profoundly change the country we know. Britain’s task is to build an economic and social model which will help people cope with, and prosper from, these changes.

The Country We Want To Be programme examines what the UK needs to do in order to prosper in the 21st century. This requires a brutal analysis of our strengths and weaknesses; as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. As part of that analysis, the Legatum Institute convened a conference in January 2018, bringing together some of the UK’s foremost thinkers to debate the country’s future, and how we can deliver the open economy, inclusive society and empowered population we wish to see.

What follows is the introduction to a collection of papers from this conference, which will be published in the coming months.

Read the full introduction here.

Recent Publications

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