Background

The Ideas Network 2030 was launched at Rhodes House, Oxford, in September 2018. The mission is to provide an informal framework for individuals of the centre-right of British politics – along with other stakeholders interested in long-term trends and their effects on our economy, politics and society – to meet, discuss, evaluate and assess their relevance and importance to current politics in the United Kingdom.

The Network, driven by a younger generation of thought leaders, will enable insight into global trends likely to impact the UK and its’ neighbourhood, with a particular focus on security, migration and demography, digital change, sustainability and trade and economics.

The Network will aim to promote these ideas and innovative thinking about these developments, to ensure a constant exchange between the UK and the European Union, allowing both to address these trends in the most effective way possible. This will include proposing possible policy changes where long-term trends are clearly visible, and where they are likely to have significant and sustained impact, in particular for future generations.

The Network will work with local, national and European stakeholders across politics, business, academia and society to drive change, nurture ideas and debate and foster new and innovative thinking about the most pressing trends and developments facing the UK and the European Union.

Developing our programme

Following its launch, the Network has now become a Company Limited by Guarantee. The main focus has been to build the Network step by step through using the Summer University as its’ principal annual meeting place. It held its second Summer University 2019 at the Said Business School, Oxford on September 12-13, 2019. This event not only extended the range of issues being covered, but also welcomed a number of continental experts to its platforms.

To enable the Network to have access to critical thinking and ideas for tackling the long-term trends, the website, www.ideasnetwork2030.com, has been constructed in such a way as to enable stakeholders to use it as a platform for continual interaction on the key topics; to have access reports from our previous discussions; and to tap into the European Strategic Policy and Analysis System (ESPAS), drawing on the high quality source material available through the Open Repository Base on International Strategic Studies, (ORBIS).

The IN2030 Team

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