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Join the debate: Beveridge Lecture Series Closes

Published: 7 Mar 2013


For the second part of our Beveridge Lecture Series, we welcomed two high profile speakers: Geoff Muglan, Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Sience Technology and the Arts (NESTA), former CEO of the Young foundation and founder of the think tank Demos and Julia Unwin, chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.  

Geoff Mulgan- What giants need slaying now? Welfare in a digital society 70 years after Beveridge

On Monday 28th of January, Geoff Mulgan asked what will be the next welfare settlement? He argued that the welfare discourse fails to recognise the new digital age, and that any new welfare settlement should include the provision both of money and of love. Change will originate from bottom up initiatives, small scale innovations, often enabled by technology. Geoff Mulgan closed his lecture with optimism arguing that in a time of change,  such as today, gives us the opportunity to push for innovation and invention and to redesign welfare for the next generation.

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Julia Unwin- What would Beveridge say now?

Thursday 28th of February marked the end of Toynbee Hall's Beveridge Lecture Series. Julia Unwin discussed the social, economic and political changes experienced in the UK since the publication of the Beveridge report. She argued that now is the time to think radically and differently about what needs to be done, and suggested some principles along which we could start to shape a new, brave, bold, but entirely realistic settlement. “It is said that Sir William Beveridge’s last words were: ‘I have a thousand things to do.’ We have a thousand things to do to keep his legacy alive.” Julia Unwin.

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These debates are important to Toynbee Hall

We would like to thank our speakers and our guests for their outstanding contribution to the critical debate about welfare.

Toynbee Hall has long been a place where people come to share ideas and knowledge about key issues in social policy and welfare. These policy debates enable us to continue to be innovative in generating ideas and partnerships that shape our support for those who are in need today.

They are also a crucial platform for finding new ways to challenge the underlying root causes of poverty and disadvantage and shaping a better future. Toynbee Hall has been at the heart of social reforms for over 125 years and we hope that this tradition will remain the same in the years to come.

We look forward to opening our doors for further events in June 2013. Keep an eye on this website for more details, or follow us on Twitter