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What will the role of charity be in 2020 Britain?

28 November 2012

The UK’s social and economic landscape has been facing many challenges since the 2008 credit crunch. This has profound implications for charity and philanthropy in the UK. What kind of civil society do we need and want, who is responsible for it, and how will it be affected by future social and economic upheaval?

To gain a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation invited ten civil society leaders to set out their ideas about what charity might look like in 2020.

We released a short film featuring each individual on our website over two weeks in December 2012:

 Cliff Prior    Chief Executive, UnLtd

 Bharat Mehta   Chief Executive, Trust for London

 Marion Janner, Founder, Star Wards

 Nick Pearce, Director, Institute for Public Policy Research

 Zoë Vickerman, Alliance Director, Centre for Social Justice

 Dame Mary Marsh, Director, Clore Social Leadership Programme

 Matt Peacock, CEO, Streetwise Opera

 Bonnie Greer, Playwright, novelist and critic

 Gerard Lemos, Co-founder, Lemos&Crane

 Dai Powell, Chief Executive, Hackney Community Transport Group