Imagining the country we want to be


Britain faces a series of great challenges in the years ahead. Political, technological and demographic changes are underway that will profoundly change the country we know. Britain’s task is to build an economic and social model which will help people cope with, and prosper from, these changes. The Country We Want To Be programme examines what the UK needs to do in order to prosper in the 21st century. This requires a brutal analysis of our strengths and weaknesses; as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. As part of that analysis, the Legatum Institute convened a conference in January 2018, bringing together some of the UK’s foremost thinkers to debate the country’s future, and how we can deliver the open economy, inclusive society and empowered population we wish to see. What follows is the introduction to a collection of papers from this conference, which will be published in the coming months.

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