Launch: Rethinking Poverty | 13 September 2017

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Join us for the launch of ‘Rethinking Poverty – What Makes a Good Society?’ a book by the Webb Memorial Trust’s Director, Barry Knight

Wednesday 13 September 2017 | 10.15am

Shaw Library, London School of Economics

Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE – map

The launch includes an interview with Barry Knight by the editor of the New Statesman, Jason Cowley, a screening of our new Rethinking Poverty animation, and details of the Trust’s plans to secure the legacy of Beatrice Webb, pioneering social reformer and co-founder of the London School of Economics and the New Statesman.

Rethinking Poverty – What Makes a Good Society?

In our society, a wealthy minority flourish, while around one-fifth experience chronic poverty and many people on middle incomes fear for their futures.

Social policy has failed to find answers to these problems and there is now a demand for a new narrative to enable us to escape from the crisis in our society.

Rethinking Poverty argues that we need to start with the society we want, rather than framing poverty as a problem to be solved. It calls for a bold forward-looking social policy that addresses continuing austerity, under-resourced organisations and a lack of social solidarity.

Based on a research programme carried out by the Webb Memorial Trust involving leading organisations, academics, community activists, children, and surveys of more than 12,000 people living in poverty, a key theme is power which shows that the way forward is to increase people’s sense of agency in building the society that they want.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the launch at 10.15 on 13 September 2017. Attendance is free. Please register above to reserve a place.

Webb Memorial Trust


“This timely contribution offers new thinking into how we tackle poverty as part of a national mission to build a better society.”

Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central

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“Barry Knight offers us a challenging initial plan of how we might raise our eyes and come together to build a good society without poverty. The more people from diverse sectors who respond, the more progress we’re likely to make.”

Baroness Lister of Burtersett, Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University

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“This book highlights the urgent need for a new approach to dismantling poverty, one that empowers those in poverty to climb out and live a fulfilling life – I urge you to read it.”

Lord Bird, founder of the Big Issue

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