The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the conversation about the need to re-think capitalism and its supporting economic structures. Much less attention has been paid to the urgent need to re-invent our social systems. In this document, the author argues that investment is needed in the creation of a new social settlement — one that can address the very different social, economic technological and ecological crises of today. Arguing that this is a moment of paradigm change, the paper sets out a new purpose, vision and social code that could inform a social revolution for our times.
The five principles at the heart of the new social code include:
- Think whole, connected human beings
- Grow capability - including learning, working, health, relationships and community
- In a Social Economy
- Supported by horizontal and networked institutions
- Made through practice