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THE SOCIAL FABRIC SUMMIT

24 May, London · 27 May, Halifax

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People, place, and little platoons in the post-pandemic world.

The fabric of Western society is unravelling. Everywhere we face a crisis of connection – from our fellow citizens, the places we inhabit, the institutions vested with shared culture and history. But there is growing evidence that the problems we face – polarised politics, lopsided economies and fraying communities – are surmountable if we take the time to renew the places, networks and institutions that bind people together. We need to restitch the social fabric as the pandemic subsides.

The Social Fabric Summit will bring together leading politicians, community and faith leaders, leading thinkers, and ordinary citizens to generate ideas, momentum and conversations to renew society in the wake of coronavirus. At a time of rising interest in the role of social institutions and networks in supporting democracy and economic prosperity, we want to identify how we can create more connected and rooted societies. It is organised by Onward and Create Streets.

Confirmed Speakers

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Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

SeCRETARY OF STATE FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

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Lisa Nandy MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, HOUSING AND COMMUNITIES

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Andy Haldane

PERMANENT SECRETARY TO THE LEVELLING UP TASKFORCE, CABINET OFFICE, AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE, RSA

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Rory Stewart

FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND VISITING PROFESSOR, YALE

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Helen Thompson

PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

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Michael Sandel

Professor of Government, Harvard University

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Charles Marohn

FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF STRONG TOWNS

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Ben Page

CEO, IPSOS GROUP

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Dame Sara Khan

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND CEO OF INSPIRE

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Richard Bacon MP

MP FOR SOUTH NORFOLK

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Mayor Tracy Brabin

MAYOR, WEST YORKSHIRE

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Claudia Kenyatta

Historic England

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Dr David Halpern

BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS TEAM

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Jason Stockwood

CHAIRMAN, GRIMSBY TOWN FC

John Penrose MP

John Penrose MP

MP FOR WESTON-SUPER-MARE

Featured Sessions

The dignity of labour

How can we generate good work in poor places? How can we restore a sense of pride in work? How can companies take a greater role within their place?

Left behind or well placed?

Can remote working revive ‘left behind’ towns? What are the opportunities (and risks) from changing patterns of labour and new industries?

Towards a new local democracy?

What works in community regeneration? Is small beautiful? Can we trust communities with their own direct budgets?