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Onward and Create Streets are delighted to invite you to join us for Restitch: The Social Fabric Summit, and are thrilled to share further details of the summit, including our first official panel announcement. If you wish to receive further updates, please sign up here.

Panel announcement!

Beyond the Culture War will explore how we can restore a shared set of values, practically prevent further fracturing of national values and how we can disagree better.

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Speaking on this important and timely panel will be: 

  • Rt Hon Rory Stewart OBE – Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute at Yale University, as well as a writer, explorer and former politician. 
  • Gemma Mortensen – An award-winning social entrepreneur, thinker and creator of New Constellations. She is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of More In Common.
  • Kim Leadbeater MP –  Labour MP for Batley and Spen. Kim also received an MBE in 2021 for services to Social Cohesion.
  • Dame Sara Khan – Leading expert and policy specialist on counter-extremism, societal resilience and human rights. In March 2021, Sara was appointed by the Prime Minister as the government’s Independent Adviser for Social Cohesion and Resilience. 
  • The session will be chaired by Ian Leslie, an acclaimed author on human behaviour. His latest book Conflicted explores how we can disagree better.

Introducing ‘Restitchers’

We want to use Restitch to showcase the best civic and community organisations in the UK and are inviting community groups, charities, social enterprises and civic institutions to apply for one of a limited number of Restitcher places at the summit. 

The successful Restitchers will have their work showcased on our website, around the venue and be given an opportunity to tell their story to the assembled audience.

If you are, or know of an ideal civic and community organisation to take part in Restitch, then we would love for that work to be included in the event and for it to contribute to the wider discussion.

All you need to do is:

  • Send us a two minute video telling us about what you are doing to restitch the social fabric of your community after coronavirus and a short (250 word) description of your organisation. The deadline for submissions is Friday 1 April.
  • Let us know whether you would like to attend in Halifax or London. Please note that we are not able to offer travel and accommodation unless in exceptional circumstances but we hope the value of the conference will make it worthwhile.

To apply please contact restitchers@ukonward.com


Thank you to our sponsors, whose support helps to enable new connections that will repair our social fabric. 

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We hope you can join us, either online or in-person. Please sign up here to receive updates and the opportunity to register for events in due course.