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British politics urgently needs more imagination. Competence alone will not save us from this 'polycrisis'

By Geoff Mulgan, Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation, UCL
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The recent turmoil in British politics has led much of the political establishment and commentariat to agree on one thing: what the country needs now is competence, the more boring the better. The last thing we need is risky ideas.

After the erratic administrations of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, this is understandable. But it risks misreading both the needs of the times and the lessons of history. Profound crises demand leaders who are also imaginative and agile. Competence alone rarely turns out to be enough.

That imagination is now often seen as an alternative to competence,…The Conversation


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