Ageing: a life less ordinary

The IMF predicts the demographic timebomb will dwarf the financial crisis.  By 2050 one in three of the UK/Nordic citizens will be over 60 and existing models of welfare provision will not work.   Circle ( responds to this challenge: a membership organisation that harnesses mass participation to improve health and social outcomes at very low cost.  Started in London and now scaling across the UK Circle Circle represents a cultural shift in how we think about service provision and the relationship between the state and the citizen.

Hilary Cottam, Founder and a principal partner of Participle
Hilary was a Director of the Design Council and is also the founding Director of the Do Tank Ltd and School Works Ltd. In 2006 Hilary was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2005 she was recognised as the UK Designer of the Year for her inspiring approach to public service innovation.

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