20 essays exploring the future of the public and not-for-profit sectors over the next ten years

In a remarkable anthology of essays DHA Communications has brought together leading figures from the third sector to set out their vision of civil society in ten years’ time. Questions posed and answered include, how will charities have responded to the recession – and can scrutiny of the financial sector by civil society groups make sure it doesn’t happen again? Can we reverse the trend of declining participation in politics? Will new roles for trade unions have emerged?

Simon Burall, Director of Involve, argues that we need a different – more distributed and participatory – way of doing democracy to challenge the large number of critically important, yet hugely complex issues that global society is currently facing. Other contributions of interest include Josie Emberton looking at how people are driving real-life solutions for society through the form of social ventures, and Stuart Wilks-Heeg arguing that participatory democracy is essential to the reinvigoration of democracy in everyday life, and as such must be considered and developed.

At a time of great uncertainty, these leading commentators predict big changes in the relationship between the third sector and government – and suggest how civil society can not only weather the economic storm, but emerge reinvigorated.