Big society, good society, our society? : Reshaping society and why it matters?

CLES think time

CLES think time sessions aim to provide an enjoyable and interesting opportunity for debate, discussion and new ideas.  They will be small scale to encourage active participation and offer a chance to ask new and old questions, think about the future and about the lessons from the past. We want these sessions to be positive and inspiring so that you will leave enthused and keen to get out there and improve places for the future.

Each session will be facilitated by a CLES member of staff and the focus will be on discussion, debate, sharing views, opinions and experience.

This session

The coalition government has heralded a new social contract for England, with the Big Society playing a key role in developing civil society and redrawing the boundaries of the public and private sectors.   In left-leaning circles the notion of ‘good society’ with a greater emphasis on fairness and social justice, is gaining ground.   ‘Our society’, offers a more bottom up, community and grassroots related approach.  In all of this, there is common belief that society needs to change.  This think time explores these and other visions of society and looks at the actual and possible policy drivers to these visions.


Free to all CLES subscribers – on the booking form just tick the box for CLES member – this will not count as an event day for those members with event days included in their membership. Non-members will be charged £25 plus VAT booking fee.

Includes refreshments.

Date  25th May

Time   2pm – 4pm

Venue Express Networks, 1 George Leigh Street, Manchester M4 5DL