Introduction

Our approach is uniquely inclusive, with thought-leadership and insight coming from major and smaller businesses, long-established and emergent non-profit’s, social enterprises, academics, media and marketing, the creative industries, sport, heritage, and many others. In doing so, we are attempting to bring the broadest range of perspectives around the four questions shown below.

What is the quality of life we want in Britain for the next thirty years?

As we look beyond a fractious, polarised period in British history, the effects of Brexit, a global pandemic, related economic and social disruption and an equally uncertain future, a key question emerges: 

What is the quality of life we wish to see in Britain over the next thirty years?

A difficult question, demanding urgent but practical input, policies and practices, powered by human-centric, multidisciplinary and cross-sectional thinking. Anthropy has created a distinct platform to share concepts, innovative thinking and examples of excellence to inspire those who themselves have influence – our national decision-makers across all sectors.

Our aim is to help facilitate leaders to create a vision for a more socially cohesive society. We promote a focus to improve the lifelong opportunities and conditions where individuals, regardless of their start in life, can be confident in their chances to contribute and play a fulfilling role in Britain’s future.

What qualities of place and planet do we need to achieve that quality of life?

Making sustainable, successful places for our homes, workplaces and recreation is one of the great challenges of the 21st century, as we balance population growth, changes in economic activity and urgent environmental and climate challenges. Our success or failure as a nation, in supporting a desirable quality of life over the next 30 years, will impact millions of people’s lives. It is for this reason that a key question we pose concerns the qualities we wish to see become predominant in our places, both natural and built, whether urban, rural or in between

Britain also has a huge diversity of living places, from coastal villages and market towns, to major cities and global hubs. This variety encompasses historic landmarks, regional cultural heritage, natural beauty and other definitive aspects of identity. Equally we see challenges around urban decay, rural deprivation, environmental challenges and related social problems. The combination of factors of built, natural, societal and cultural significance makes for a complex scenario in which to determine how we want our places to support our future quality of life.

What qualities do we wish to see in a good economy and in the best of businesses and public sector organisations?

The future prosperity of Britain is being redefined by a growing convergence of factors, ranging from societal and consumer expectations, responsible business movements, workplace changes and revised economic demands. There is a general sense that we have an opportunity to initiate new thinking across key aspects of how our economy supports the places and lifestyles we are aspiring to, within an increasingly sustainable and ethical context.

Our belief in answering this question is that we must reappraise what and how we value aspects in our society and economy. We must determine how opportunities can emerge from the demands for more sustainable solutions in areas such as energy and plastics and at the same time recognise the huge influence which business behaviours have on all aspects of our lives as employees, consumers and through tax contributions to the public services.

What qualities do we want to express to the world, to help solve shared issues such as poverty, climate change and human rights?

We are a nation re-defining its global identity, post membership of the EU and as one which has a historic legacy of global expression through trade, culture, military and political engagement. Potential uncertainties of how we define ourselves and our priorities, are matched by the geo-political uncertainties of a world in various crises, including conflicts, on-going pandemic risks, refugee crisis, humanitarian disasters, climate change and international trade disputes.

The nature of these circumstances are too great to be addressed by Anthropy, but what we do consider is how the we can create values and standards by which Britain can be recognised and can help influence positive solutions to these shared global issues. Only through working collaboratively with other nations can we be confident of our own futures, as we all exist on one planet. This question is viewed through the lens of Britain’s trade, aid, cultural, soft and hard power.

Partners

Our Multilateral Agenda

From 2021 to 2022, more than 200 partner organizations and individuals, collaborated to share perspectives and craft the agenda for the initial Anthropy gathering This proved to be the largest cross-sector alliance working on any such initiative ever created within the UK.  It created the UK’s largest crowd sourced agenda facilitating three quarters of the 180 sessions held at Anthropy. All were focused on re-defining our national way of thinking, talking about ourselves and in turn the policies and practices which affect the lives of so many.

Anthropy is grateful to all those involved in giving their goodwill and time to utilise this unique moment in time:

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