Citizen Renaissance was conceived by Jules Peck and Robert Phillips in the spring of 2008 – on the eve of the global economic crisis and before The Big Society had really seen the light of day. Originally published as a wiki-book, Citizen Renaissance explores the collision of the three seismic shifts of our time: the perfect storm surrounding Climate Change; the Wellbeing Imperative; and the axiomatic rise of Digital Democracy. At its heart lies a call for more citizen-centric thinking and behaviour and an end to the global imbalance of Wants & Needs. Citizen Renaissance continues today as a forum for thought; a platform for the exchange of ideas; and as a collaborative project that seeks to develop a Manifesto for Change.
An overview of the key themes and definitions of Citizen Renaissance; the three seismic shifts of our time; and the rise of Public Engagement in a lower-consumption world.
An examination of three seismic shifts which, taken together, represent a very real threat to the planet and its people – but also an historic opportunity for change.
The Perfect Storm of environmental issues, surrounding and including Climate Change.
The thirst for Wellbeing in the face of falling happiness. The emergence of a resurgent Citizenship away from relative-materialism and the threat this represents to the current model of corporate Consumer capitalism.
The inexorable rise of Digital Democracy and Citizen Politics – the power of engagement, generated by the online revolution.
An historical overview of PR and Marketing’s role in the rise of Consumerism – and Margaret Thatcher’s role in the breakdown of society.
A look at the impact of Edward Bernays on the rise of Consumerism.
A look at the impact of focus group politics on the emasculation of politics, the dilution of leadership and the death of the Citizen.
The resurrection of the Citizen – an examination of personal and societal empowerment out of Consumerism and towards Citizenship.
An insight into alternative economic models to safeguard the Wellbeing of the planet and future generations.
The implications of the three seismic shifts for Business and the opportunities for leadership in a new economic environment.
A call for a new political philosophy.
An examination of the implications of the three seismic shifts. Where we currently are in the journey. Where that journey might take us. What we need to do.
An overview of the New World Order for Communications and the imperative for PR to evolve into Public Engagement.
The challenges and opportunities for Communications companies of the future. The burdens of responsibility and leadership.
An invitation for you to write with us, collectively, a manifesto for progressive: Business, Politics, Citizenship. We have kick-started a conversation. We want you to join in and help us shape our collective futures.