Future City: How Do We Stop Britain Becoming a Failed State?

Wed Oct 18 2023 at 07:30 pm to 08:45 pm

Watershed | Bristol

Bristol Ideas
Publisher/HostBristol Ideas
Future City: How Do We Stop Britain Becoming a Failed State?
Panel discussion
About this Event

Danny Dorling, Samira Shackle and Tom Clark expose a new geography of inequality rife in the UK today. Together, they will discuss how we can resolve inequality and build better cities for all.

Britain was once the leading economy in Europe; it is now the most unequal. Fifty years ago, the UK led the world in child health, whereas today 22 of the 27 EU countries have better mortality rates for newborns. No other European country has such high university fees and miserly unemployment benefits, or housing so unaffordable and once affluent suburbs now so unproductive. Opportunity has been replaced by food banks, and we now have a society in which people are growing further and further apart.

How do we get out of this mess and build better cities for all?

In his new book, Shattered Nation: Inequality and the Geography of A Failing State, leading geographer Danny Dorling exposes a new geography of inequality. Middle England has been hit hard by the cost-of-living crisis, and even people doing comparatively well are struggling to stay afloat. Before COVID, life expectancy had dropped because of poverty for the first time since the 1930s.

In the spirit of the 1942 Beveridge Report, Dorling identifies the five giants of twenty-first-century poverty that need to be conquered: Hunger, Precarity, Waste, Exploitation, and Fear. He offers powerful insights into how we got here and what we must do to save Britain from becoming a failed state.Dorling is in discussion with writer Samira Shackle and Tom Clark (Joseph Rowntree Foundation). Both are contributors to Broke: Fixing Britain’s Poverty Crisis, which brings together the personal stories behind the communities so often ignored by politicians, introducing us to those at the hardest end of the poverty crisis. Critically, they also come up with ideas for reform and transformation.


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  • Watershed’s main entrance and Box Office are both on the ground floor which is accessible via a ramped, electronically assisted entrance door.
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Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, United Kingdom


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