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Models and Partnerships for Social Prosperity Models and Partnerships for Social Prosperity

To radically change social and economic outcomes, we need to establish hybrid partnerships between communities, businesses and the public sector, which move beyond the state vs. private sector debate and harness the advantages of both. From creative solutions for localised social care and education delivery to the benefits of community-owned energy and community-run housing associations, this workstream looks at innovative models for public service delivery and private enterprise.


Current and forthcoming work will build upon the ideas outlined in our past output which have had a continuing impact on the British policy landscape. Examples of our successes in 2012 include ResPublica's publication on Military Academies, which outlines a new approach to tackling intergenerational disadvantage and ethos in schools, and was endorsed by Labour Party policy, and a paper how the neighbourhood planning process can engender stronger and more cohesive communities, launched by the then Minister for Decentralisation, Greg Clark MP.  In 2013 this workstream will encompass our research on housing, community energy provision, health and social care, welfare, education, employment and skills.


New Economies, Innovative Markets New Economies, Innovative Markets

This workstream seeks to provide practical solutions for a moral capitalism and sustainable economy. This includes encouraging new market entry, ensuring supply chain resilience through more localised control, promoting greater diversity of business models and facilitating wider asset distribution, in order to achieve an economy based on trust and reciprocity


Current and forthcoming work will build upon the ideas outlined in our past output which have had a continuing impact on the British policy landscape. Examples of our successes in 2012 include ResPublica's report recommending a new community bond to unlock investment in infrastructure, and an ongoing series of publications on diversifying the energy market by enabling community-led projects to go to scale, the recommendations of which were reflected in a private members' bill and endorsed by Friends of the Earth. In 2013 this workstream will encompass our research on financial institutions and intermediaries, re-defining economic competition, SMEs and social enterprise, and governance prerogatives for a more responsible form of capitalism.


British Civic Life British Civic Life

This workstream addresses the nature of civic association, community assets and cultural hubs, from a constitutional scale to our smallest institutions. This includes the importance of the family and other social intermediaries in cultivating values and citizenship, the social action and ethically instructive role of faith bodies and civic groups, and the role of the media in channelling civic participation at a local and national level.


Current and forthcoming work will build upon the ideas outlined in our past output which have had a continuing impact on the British policy landscape. Examples of our successes in 2012 include ResPublica's work on how the House of Lords can best reflect the diversity of British civil society, featuring contributions from Frank Field MP, Lord Nat Wei, and Bishop Tim Stevens, Convenor of the Lords Spiritual, amongst others. In partnership with the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services we launched a Commission on Youth to address young people's engagement with social institutions and civic identity. As part of our work on community interaction, we published a report which recommended that public policy should draw on existing social groups and membership networks to tackle social ills and achieve public good. In 2013 this workstream will encompass our research into the role of the Church of England and other faith groups, media outlets and heritage both within communities and as part of our national infrastructure.