To describe Hilary Cottam as a doer is a serious understatement. She is a social entrepreneur, a designer, a writer, an activist. She has worked in schools and prisons and with people who are young, old, unemployed, infirm or in poverty. She has worked around the globe with Unicef and the World Bank. She has been a director of the Design Council, UK Designer of the Year and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Just reading about Hilary Cottam’s achievements is exhausting.
And she thinks big. The subtitle of Radical Help is How We Can Remake the Relationships Between Us and Revolutionise the Welfare State. Why do we need to rethink the welfare state? Because, writes Cottam, “this once brilliant innovation can no longer help us face the challenges of today”.
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.”
Never been part of a revolution before? Now’s your chance to change that.