What we’re doing to challenge inequality.
Our work aims to raise awareness of the harm inequality does in our lives so that local people can take action to address it. We do that through campaigning, debate and research.
Our current projects include:
• Local Plan: Creating debate on how to build a fairer city
• New Normal: Promoting change post Covid 19
• Community: Regular meetups to share lessons from frontline
Our future: Creating debate on the Cambridge Local Plan
We are developing a debate on the Cambridge Local Plan to help raise awareness of the benefits of more equality in our city and our lives.
Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Council are drawing up a joint Local Plan for the Greater Cambridge area up to 2040.
The current plan envisages substantial growth and expansion of housing by 66%. As the most unequal city in the UK which has declared a climate and biodiversity crisis, much more needs to be done to factor fairness and the environment into these plans.
We have commissioned two reports to begin the debate:
Can you help us develop this project?
New Normal: Promoting greater fairness post Covid 19
We are setting out to get Cambridge off the bottom of the inequality league table of Britain off the back of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Many people in the city care about reducing inequality because they see the harm it does, but we lack practical ways to make a difference.
Building on the work of The Equality Trust, our goal is to create community action that addresses the root causes of inequality head on.
We are currently recruiting social media campaigners to help get the word out and make change.
We need your help to get the message across.
Past Project: True Tales for Change — A Project for a Fairer Future
In collaboration with Pivotal, we commissioned five local artists and a singer-songwriter to create works inspired by conversations with Cambridge people who have experienced inequality. The launch event on 11th January 2020 featured:
Want to find out more about the project?
Research: Understanding impact of inequality
We are developing a community of contributors to help us understand the impact of inequality in Cambridge and what we can do about it.
Building on our bank of reports covering topics from health and social care to hunger, we are creating a group of volunteer researchers.
We aim to produce regular insight and analysis on local inequality to guide our campaigns and shape the policy agenda, covering schools, mental health and housing.
Current topics focus on an analysis of challenges experienced by nurses living in Cambridge and an analysis of Cambridge city plans through an inequality lens.
Can you contribute to our local research campaign?
Past project imagine2027: What’s your vision for a fairer Britain?
In 2017 and 2018 we brought the leading thinkers on inequality to Cambridge to give personal and upbeat views of how Britain can be fairer in ten years from now.
The series was called ‘imagine2027‘.
Speakers in the series included George Monbiot, Sir Michael Marmot, Faiza Shaheen, Ava Vidal, David Willetts, Danny Dorling, Kate Standing, and Hermann Hauser.
Our goal was to make more egalitarian policies and approaches seem not only politically viable, but actually attractive.
All of the talks were recorded and are posted on the imagine2027 website.
Visit imagine2027 to watch the talks.