The future of citizenship in 2026: Global or tribal politics?

At the seminar we’re holding next week on the future of citizenship, we are going to be looking at four potential scenarios for how notions of citizenship in the UK might change in 2026. These scenarios are from a report commissioned for the DCA by the Henley Centre (futures consultants) called the ‘The future of citizenship’. We will be discussing what opportunities and challenges these worlds might bring for the VCS and asking participants to think about what their responses might be. I sent round the report and scenarios yesterday to everyone coming which got me thinking about how some of them might play out.

Will a society that finds themselves in a more resource-constrained environment, both economically and physically become one of social and environmental altruists where global politics is the dominant discourse? Where heightened concerns about the environment and a recent natural disaster has produced an overall acceptance that along with their rights, citizens have responsibilities, and the government has the right to reinforce these. Or will an unstable economy plus high energy costs mean that individuals retreat into a form of protectionism as they become more individualistic and inward looking? Leading to both economically and culturally polarised communities that are engaged in tribal politics and, putting pressure on the government to implement increasingly personalised solutions. These different scenarios raise some interesting questions which I’m sure we will discuss at length next week but if anyone is raring to get going now, please join in:

  • Will the British population not engage with the state unless there is a specific event to trigger their concern and provoke some sort of democratic reengagement?
  • What does this mean for citizen engagement with the VCS and VCOs who rely on volunteers?
  • Will citizens become more global in their outlook as more and more issues affect us on a global scale?
  • Or will the force of these changes mean the UK population and government become more protectionist in attempt to minimise the impact of such large scale changes?
  • What impact will these individualistic attitudes have on public services, the VCS and for social exclusion people that the VCS seeks to serve?

I’m looking forward to the event!

Members are now discussing the event and the opportunities and risks these scenarios may present for their organisation, whether they attended or not. Join in!

Last updated at 15:08 Mon 18/May/09.
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