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The inquiries

Since the Commission's launch in November 2017, we’ve reviewed the policy landscape to see who’s saying what, to understand where there is a growing consensus, where there are gaps, and whose voices are not yet heard, inviting first responses through our ‘Call for Ideas’.

From these two pieces of research, the Commission identified five core lines of inquiry, which were explored in more depth over the summer of 2018 in a series of roundtables hosted at RSA House.

These covered important themes that the Commission saw falling into the gaps between policy discussions. The resulting discussion papers from the roundtables informed much of the thinking in ‘Our Common Ground’ progress report. Further key stakeholder discussions were held over the summer as well as the continuation of the 7-month UK-wide bicycle tour, devolved enquires in NI, Scotland and Wales, and locally-led inquiries in Cumbria, Lincolnshire and Devon.

The progress report ‘Our Common Ground’ was published on October 25th. We haven’t tried to cover everything, but are publishing our first ideas for further inquiry and our calls to collective action, which we believe provide practical and radical ways to help tackle these issues. We welcome your views, challenge and advice. 

Our Common Ground chapters;

  1. Meeting our global obligations – what do we want the UK’s role to be in the world, in response to the big global challenges that face us?
  2. Securing the value of land – from regenerating ecosystems, creative responses to housing needs to a land use plan for the UK
  3. Good work for a thriving economy - from managing labour shortages to increasing opportunities for meaningful work in thriving rural communities
  4. Good food for healthy communities – from food grown, bought and eaten, access to green spaces to impacts on the nation’s health and wellbeing
  5. More than money - how public money, private money and the hidden resources (social capital) can create public value?

Progress Report: Our Common Ground

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Progress Report: Our Common Ground
Roundtable Discussion Papers

Roundtable Discussion Papers

These roundtable papers are the result of discussions that took place during the summer of 2018 and form the basis of our thinking in 'Our Common Ground' progress report

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Thematic blogs collection

Sustainable diets, the true cost of food, policy-making and food banks are only a few of the topics addressed in this collection of blogs written by our researchers and guest bloggers

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Thematic blogs collection