Tuesday 15 January 2019


Hilary Cottam

Radical Help: How we can remake the relationships between us and revolutionise the welfare state

In 1942, the Beveridge Report laid the foundations for the UK’s welfare state. Seventy five years later, Hilary Cottam presents a new approach that will help rebuild the institutions that underpin society, based around human connections.

Hilary is an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur whose work in communities around the world focuses on collaborative, affordable solutions to 21st century challenges: employment, ageing and chronic disease. Transformation is achieved through approaches that emphasise human relationships supported by technology.

Hilary’s recent book Radical Help argues that the Fourth Industrial Revolution needs an accompanying social revolution and sets out a new social welfare framework.

Hilary Cottam

Hilary is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was named UK Designer of the Year in 2005 for her pioneering work founding the practice of social design.

Educated at Oxford, Sussex and the Open University, Hilary holds a PhD in social sciences. She is a TED Global speaker.

© Charlie Hopkinson

"Hilary Cottam's fascinating book shows how to put humans and the digital together to create credible and exciting solutions."

Martha Lane Fox