Our chance to reconnect


This report from UK think tank British Future looks at what unites and divides our society and what could bring us together as we emerge from the Covid crisis.

Published by the /Together Coalition, Our chance to reconnect sets out the findings from Talk/together, the UK’s biggest-ever public survey of what unites and divides our society and what could bring us together as we emerge from the Covid crisis.

The Talk/together report finds evidence of stronger connections within neighbourhoods and communities, with millions of new volunteers keen to step up again. If this positive legacy is built upon, this could help drive a step-change in social connection once the country emerges from the pandemic.

With nearly 160,000 people involved in Talk/Together, over a nine-month period of enormous volatility and change, the report offers an authoritative picture of the state of the country and the society that we aspire to be. An online survey received almost 80,000 responses; there were five waves of nationally-representative ICM research with a total sample of over 10,000 people; and online groups involved nearly 300 people from every region and nation of the UK in in-depth discussions. Partner organisations in the /Together coalition supplied evidence from surveys, online events and other research involving another 68,000 respondents. British Future coordinated the Talk/together research for the /Together coalition.

What is perhaps most striking about the findings – particularly when one considers how divided that society felt as we entered 2020 – is the extent to which people felt the pandemic showed the unity of our society rather than its divides.

 

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