Welcome to the FDSD website. We are a London-based think tank that explores and help build the relationship between flourishing democracy and sustainable development. Through research, advocacy and dialogue, we build the evidence and make the connections needed to secure fairness for all and a healthy environment, now and in the future.

The Challenge

How can democracy evolve to better achieve sustainable development?

FDSD brings together civil society, government, business and academia to explore the relationship between sustainable development and democracy and contribute ideas for its adaptation and transformation.

This challenge is also part of the wider pressure on current models of democracy to respond to people’s needs for a different kind of politics and engagement.

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Latest News & Comment

Activism in a new climate | Conference and theatre, Manchester 29 Apr 2020

The 6th CUSP Nature of Prosperity Dialogue takes as its theme the challenge of Activism in a New Climate. The Manchester event promises to be a lively debate between politicians, activists and academics on one of the most topical questions of our time: how should citizens now act in the face of the climate crisis? The event will include a performance of The World We Made—an urgent new play about our common future; an interactive exhibition on the People’s Palace of Possibilities. Speakers include Rebecca Willis, George Barda, Sherilyn MacGregor, Brian Doherty, Tim Jackson and Rowan Williams. Booking is now open online. Further details will be confirmed shortly.

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Future Generations Podcast | Reasons to be Cheerful with FDSD trustee Andrea Westall

"When they go short-term, we go long-term…" FDSD trustee Andrea Westall recently joined Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd for their Reasons to be Cheerful Podcast, to discuss the urgent need for representation of future generations in today's politics. With invited guests including Sophie Howe and Laurie Laybourn-Langton the podcast investigates the prevalent short-termism in politics, its impact on key issues such as the environmental emergency and how to design new institutions to overcome it.

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