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Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain

On Thursday 14th July 2011, ResPublica published a collection of essays which brings together some of the country’s most exciting thinkers to explore the new polices and approaches that will create and deliver the new political settlement.

The publication was formally launched at ResPublica's Summer Reception, attended by Work and Pensions Minister Lord Freud and Communities and Local Government Minister Greg Clark, who have contributed their own original essays to the collection and who have been at the forefront of advocating radical change in the way that the Government embraces welfare reform and localism.

The other contributors are Rowan Williams, Ed Mayo, Richard Layard, Steve Wyler, John Hayes, Will Hutton, Toby Blume, Roger Scruton, Nat Wei, Diane Coyle, Indy Johar, Joost Beunderman, David Green, Roger Steare, Cliff Prior, Ali Parsa, Margareta Pagano, Zoe Williams and John Milbank, with a foreword from Phillip Blond, Director of ResPublica. The essay topics are wide ranging, from welfare reform, to the Big Society, to driving innovation.

Throughout July and August 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas.

The full collection is also available to purchase, online using Paypal via this link or by sending a cheque for £20, made payable to "The ResPublica Trust", to: Publication sales, ResPublica, 50 Broadway, London SW1H 0RG

Table of Contents


Foreword - Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica

1. "A Turning Point" - Greg Clark MP, Minister for Decentralisation

2. "Character, Civic Virtue and the Big Society" - Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

3. "Co-operative or Not?" - Ed Mayo, General Secretary of Co-ops UK

4. "Well-being and Action for Happiness" - Lord Layard

5. "A new Moral World: the Lost 'Socialism'" - Steve Wyler, Chief Executive, Locality

6. "Changing Lives by changing Like Chances" - John Hayes MP, Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning

7. "Innovation, Innovation, Innovation"- Will Hutton, Executive Vice-Chair, The Work Foundation

8. "The Future of Localism must be Economic" - Toby Blume, Chief Executive, Urban Forum

9. "The Coalition and Environment" - Professor Roger Scruton

10. "Civic Entrepreneurship and the Big Society" - Lord Wei

11. "The year the Future started to fight back?" - Diane Coyle, Enlightenment Economics

12. "David, meet Goliath. Goliath, meet David. New Interfaces between the Micro and the Massive" - Indy Johar & Joost Beunderman, Architecture 00:/

13."Putting Energy in the Big Society" - David Green OBE, Chief Executive, UKBCSE

14. "The Power of Love in Business: Getting your Humanity to work" - Professor Roger Steare

15. "It was the Best of Times" - Cliff Prior OBE, Chief Executive, UnLtd

16. The Big Society and the Deficit: New Solutions to Healthcare" - Ali Parsa, Chief Executive, Circle

17. "Putting the Pieces Together: The Government's Plans for the Future of Welfare Reform" - Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform

18. "From Buttonwood to Vickers and Back Again" - Margareta Pagano, City Editor, Independent on Sunday

19. "Why didn't Money work? Resilience in the Early Years" - Zoe Williams, The Guardian

20. "The Revolt of the Social against the Economic and the Political: Reflections after One Year of the Cameron Coalition in the United Kingdom" - Professor John Milbank

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Date Published
21 July 2011