First, citizens need to be more engaged, by which I mean more willing to appreciate the choices society faces, to get involved in those choices, to give permission to their leaders to make the right decisions for all of us for the long term, and to recognise how their own behaviour shapes those choices.
For example the trade off point between economic growth and environmental sustainability depends in part on our own willingness to accept some changes in our lifestyles.
Second, with the cost of labour intensive public services bound to rise, citizens need to be more self-sufficient and resourceful.
Whether it is looking after our health, investing in our education, saving for our retirement or setting up our own business, we need to be comfortable with managing our own lives and confident about taking initiative.
An excerpt from a paper by RSA’s Matthew Taylor’s, Twenty-First Century Enlightenment (which you can find here).
I encourage you to read more about the movement, or if you’re a visual learner (or a fan of RSA Animate) like myself, check this out.