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The new social contract must become a reality, not just talk

Published Date: 9 November 2020

As many of us are stuck to our screens following the US election results, it is a sad reminder of the cloud of legitimacy that hangs not only over this election but over institutions around the world. This week, American cities are boarded up in fear of civil unrest; in Poland, the streets across towns and cities nationwide remain full of people angry about the sudden announcement of new abortion laws and in Thailand, young people have been protesting for more than three months, challenging the legitimacy of the monarchy. 

As our societies continue to change rapidly, and as we learn to live with a global pandemic, we must quickly find ways to rebuild trust in ourselves, each other, our communities, in democracy, in our institutions, in the establishment. Unless we develop new ways of talking between institutions and citizens, the polls will continue to be wrong and our streets will be full of angry, anxious and unpredictable people. The new social contract must become a reality, not just talk.

— Louise Pulford, CEO