The Future of Urban Living
13th December 2018

The Future of Urban Living

In partnership with Future iQ

The future of urban living is an increasingly critical issue given population trends which show more and more people becoming urban dwellers. Cities and their inhabitants are becoming one of the most influential factors shaping the future of the planet.

On the current trajectory, by 2050 the urban population is estimated to be 6.3 billion (66% of the world’s projected population). Currently 54% of the global population already live in cities. With a further three million people per week moving to urban centres, the future of urban living is an issue we needed to explore in depth and prepare for creatively and pragmatically.

Rehabilitation of Offenders
4th December 2018

Rehabilitation of Offenders

In partnership with the High Sheriff of The Royal County of Berkshire

This Consultation looked in depth at issues surrounding the rehabilitation of offenders. The focus was on both local and national with an emphasis on examining ways in which ex-offenders gain employment or secure self-employment.

Other issues relevant to the transition from prison to civilian life such as mental health, alcohol and drug dependence, featured in our discussions but the transition to employment was our major concern.

We wished to highlight and learn from successful local and national initiatives in this field, identify gaps in provision, and explore ways in which knowledge, expertise and best practice might be more widely shared. From a local perspective, the consultation seeked to identify a range of initiatives aimed at the rehabilitation of offenders that might be usefully implemented in Berkshire.

The full report from the consultation can be read here

Effective Solutions to Organised Gang Violence, St George's House
28th November 2018

Equity and Integration – driving effective solutions to organised gang violence and criminality

In partnership with NHS England South East and Excelsior Safeguarding

Gang violence and criminality is both a global and a national issue, much of it grounded in exploitation. In November we hosted a twenty-four hour Consultation focused on finding solutions to this pervasive problem. Our primary focus was on transforming health services and systems to better identify, support and safeguard our most vulnerable clients ‘at risk’ from gangs, drugs, violence and other forms of exploitation.

Improving the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant
26th November 2018

Improving the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant

In partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust

We looked in depth at how the Armed Forces Covenant could be better delivered throughout the UK to help support Service leavers and their families in the transition to civilian life. We focused on the place of the Covenant in society; where the roles and responsibilities for the delivery lie; barriers to effective Covenant delivery; and how best to overcome these barriers.

The consultation also provided participants with the opportunity to consider a piece of newly commissioned research by FiMT on how organizations are delivering pledges under the Armed Forces Covenant, currently being undertaken by Shared Intelligence and NatCen.

The Covenant is a major policy commitment by the UK Government towards the members of the Armed Forces Community, which includes individuals who have served or who serve in the Armed Forces and their families. With an Armed Forces Community of over 6 million – nearly 10% of the UK population – the Covenant is in place to ensure that these individuals are treated fairly and do not suffer a disadvantage as a result of their or their family member’s service.

This consultation was founded on recent research commissioned by FiMT from Shared Intelligence and the National  Centre for Social Research on how the delivery of organisational pledges made under the Covenant can be improved. The overall aim of this consultation was to further discuss the report findings and recommendations with a wider group of stakeholders, to better understand how the implementation of organisational pledges under the Covenant could be made more effective.

The full report from the consultation can be read here

Future for Communities
25th September 2018

Future for Communities

In partnership with Local Trust

This consultation focused on the future for communities and place, exploring the importance of community as a key issue for policy makers and practitioners. It drew on current research conducted by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) and Local Trust on the necessary conditions for creating empowered communities in the 2020s which is due to report in the summer.

It also considered the emerging findings of the Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society due to report in autumn 2018. The consultation took place at a critical time in this policy space, as the Government considered the content of its own Civil Society Strategy (on which it launched its own consultation in March).


6th June 2018

AI and Religion

In Partnership with The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

The “Trust and Artificial Intelligence” consultation is a follow up from a Seminar Series, ran by Jacopo Domenicucci (Cambridge, Philosophy) and Rune Nyrup (Cambridge, HPS). This consultation is an attempt to set up a conversation across the disciplines on a question of common concern: how do we develop the conditions for appropriate and intelligent forms of trust in the machines, systems and algorithmic procedures that we call “AI”?

Jubilee Centre Logo
25th May 2018

Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues

As part of its scope of work, the Jubilee Centre has produced statements on different aspects of character education, including A Framework for Character Education in Schools, a Statement on Youth Social Action and Character Development, a Statement on Teacher Education and Character Education, and a Statement on Character, Virtue and Practical Wisdom in Professional Practice.

These Statements have been met with widespread support and approval from policymakers, practitioners and academics across the UK and internationally. This consultation opened up a dialogue on the challenges faced in translating the research the Jubilee Centre conducts into accessible and practical solutions for those working on the ground, and discussed how these challenges might be best overcome in new and relevant ways.

13th February 2018

Modern families, modern family justice: supporting family relationships in intact and separated families in fast changing socio-political-economic climates

In partnership with Relate and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Family life continues to change – the impact of political change, economic uncertainty post the Great Recession and continued austerity policies in Europe, as well as the emergence of new opportunities and challenges not least through technology, means that relationship support and family justice services need to change if they are to remain relevant to those in need of these services. 

During a twenty-four hour in-depth Consultation, we examined these challenges, reviewed promising and innovative approaches from across Europe, and, considered what services/organisations and individual practitioners can do to meet a variety of needs. The consultation brought together leading experts in the fields of family relationships and family justice from across Europe to debate current key issues and share knowledge and ideas for the future development of services to support family stability and ensure the best interests of children.

The full report from the consultation can be read here.

19th January 2018

Democracy in a Post-Truth Information Age

The year 2016 witnessed the UK vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald F Trump as President of the United States of America, two seismic events in the history of these democracies.

Both events brought to the fore significant debate regarding the nature and quality of information available to the voting public.

In particular, the Internet and social media were regarded as key emerging battle grounds. The debate honed in on two discrete topics: how information is accessed and shared in an Internet society; and the nature of the information disseminated, especially an increased focus on ‘false’ information. Such was the prevalence of the debate that the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year for 2016 was ‘post-truth’.

We looked in depth at the challenges of living in a post-truth information age. Are our democratic processes under threat? Is there a danger of giving free rein to extremism and further destabilising society? Or is this the predictable response of the establishment as alternative viewpoints and information become a greater part of mainstream debate? Either way, society faces significant challenges. What are the responsibilities of citizens, governments, business and the media in this swiftly evolving landscape?

The full report from the Consultation can be read here.

8th December 2017

Competitively Loved? An Ecumenical Christian Consultation on Theological Language used about the Holy Land

In partnership with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Christian Aid.

A significant consultation on how, as churches, we use language in the context of our debate and deliberations on the Holy Land, especially with regard to the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

The consultation addressed some of the more vexed questions at the heart of our attempts to seek justice for those in the land, including opposition to occupation, and an ongoing commitment to opposing anti-Semitism in our own context, along with developing good interfaith relations with both Jews and Muslims.