The Challenge raises awareness of the social and economic risks associated with social segregation. We influence policy decisions impacting on levels of social integration in modern Britain.
Without greater integration, the danger grows that when faced with complex challenges, instead of asking ‘how can we solve this together?’, the people of Britain will ask ‘who can we blame?’ We believe that, through reforming and growing institutions and practices in small but intelligent ways, policymakers and social entrepreneurs could substantially increase integration between people from different ethnic, age and class groups.
In order to highlight the benefits of and barriers to social integration, we have partnered with polling firms, leading academics and think tanks, and contribute regularly to academic and policy publications. Throughout 2014 and early 2015, we provided the secretariat to The Social Integration Commission, which sought to explore some fundamental questions about how people from different ethnic, age and income groups relate to one another in the UK. You can find out more about this Commission here.
Many of the ideas set out by the Commission require further development and study. The Challenge is committed to carrying forward this work and to advancing policy ideas to forge a more integrated Britain.