In a rapidly changing world there is a growing awareness that we are facing fundamental problems. In spite of all the economic growth of the last forty years, the gap between the richest 1.5 billion and the majority of the world’s people is actually growing, with over a billion people in deep poverty and many hundreds of millions more living on the margins.
Moreover, as the world’s population passes the eight billion mark, it is abundantly obvious that we are fast approaching the limits of the global environment to cope with human activity. Responding to challenges such as climate change and food insecurity are just two of the key issues of our time.
In such an era - of an increasingly constrained and divided world - the need for progressive social change is obvious. Indeed, unless we can adapt creatively and compassionately, then prospects for a peaceful and stable world will rapidly fade.
This is where Network tries to make a difference. It approaches these issues in a spirit of optimism and commitment and seeks consistently to fund innovative thinking and enterprising projects. It often identifies those initiatives that really do look ahead but find it difficult to get support from more conventional sources.
The 2020s will be the decade that does much to determine how peaceful the world will be for the next half century. We have the capacity to make the transition to a more sustainable and emancipated society but it will require creativity and courage – and funding. Prophecy is sometimes defined as “suggesting the possible”, not in the sense of crying “woe” from the margins, but as positive thinking and action for a better world. That is where Network comes in.
"We have the capacity to make the transition to a more sustainable and emancipated society but it will require creativity and courage – and funding."