Radical Help is about new ways of organising living and growing that have been developed with communities across Britain.
The British welfare state transformed our lives. The model was emulated globally, setting the template for the ways we think about social change across the world. But this once brilliant innovation can no longer help us face the challenges of today.
Radical Help argues that our 20th century system is beyond reform and suggests a new model for this century: ways of supporting the young and the old, those who are unwell and those who seek good work At the heart of this new way of working is human connection. When people feel supported by strong human relationships change happens. And when we design new systems that make this sort of collaboration feel simple and easy people want to join in.
The vision is big but Radical Help is a practical book. It shows how we can make change and how we can make a transition now towards a new system that can take care of everyone.
Praise for Radical Help
‘This might be the most important book you read this year’
Jonathan Freedland, journalist and author
‘Fascinating..shows how to put the human and the digital together to create credible and exciting solutions’
Martha Lane Fox, digital pioneer
‘One of the rare books capable of making an impact on society. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve read in years’ Frederic Laloux, author of the international best seller Reinventing Organisations
‘A timely, thought-provoking read. Cottam’s track record in changing lives makes her worth listening to’.
Camilla Cavendish, journalist and former Director of the Number 10 policy unit
‘Wonderful. You don’t have to endorse every one of Hilary Cottam’s strictures about how truly dire the current welfare state arrangements are to recognise that she is genuinely on to something. The need to empower people back into control of their own lives. Required reading for every politician and profession (including the officials and managers) who seek to make the UK a better place.’
Nicholas Timms, author of The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State, and/or: Senior Fellow The King’s Fund and the Institute for Government
‘The analysis and ideas that Cottam puts forward are essential reading’.
Bruno Giussani Global Curator TED
‘Hilary Cottam has been at the forefront of social design for many years, her work has helped thousands of people… Radical Help is a fascinating and sorely needed book’ Alice Rawsthorn, international design critic and author of Design is an Attitude