In February 2018 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport launched an

  engagement exercise to inform the development of the government’s Civil Society

  Strategy. This paper presents our written response to the consultation. It identifies

  two pressing tasks for civil society over the coming years:


  offering an alternative to individual consumption and competition as the

  means by which identity is constructed, by creating and sustaining spaces

  in which individuals are treated as intrinsically and equally valuable and

  significant, regardless of their economic participation and performance.


countering a lack of social integration by promoting interaction in ways

that strengthen our ability to ‘live together well’ in a society and in local

communities characterized by both commonalities and differences in

backgrounds, circumstances, beliefs, values and culture.

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