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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:

  1. Think whole, connected human beings
  2. Grow capability  - including learning, working, health, relationships and community
  3. In a Social Economy
  4. Supported by horizontal and networked institutions
  5. Made through practice



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