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How will Britain begin the 22nd century? How would we like Britain to look, what challenges and opportunities might emerge, and what shall we do now to face them? Join us to discuss how to shape Britain over the next 90 years.

The Wilberforce Society’s 2014 Conference is a one day forum. Journalists, politicians, professionals, business leaders, academics, students and many more will come to Cambridge on February 22nd 2014 ready to inform and inspire.

Britain’s Responsibilities to Other Nations

What responsibilities will Britain have to other nations in an increasingly insecure world? What impacts will this have on Britain?

Growing in Times of Globalisation

What prospects for Britain’s economy in 21st century? Where will competition come from, and in what forms? How will industry change and shape business, employment, and working life?

Risks and Challenges in the 21st Century

Issues such as immigration, climate change, security and warfare, and resource depletion will come to the fore as the century progresses. What shapes will these challenges take and what measures can be taken in response?

The Anglo-American Relationship

An exciting collaboration with the Institute of Politics, Harvard University will examine the topic of security from a dual- country perspective.



Carol Black


Dame Carol Black is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Adviser on Work and Health at the Department of Health, England, Chair of the Nuffield Trust, and Chair of the Governance Board, Centre for Workforce Intelligence. Continue reading


Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams

Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury. He is an Anglican bishop, poet and theologian. Continue reading


Sonia Roschnik


Sonia Roschnik is the Director of the Humanitarian Centre. She worked as Operational Director for the NHS Sustainable Development Unit for 6 years and 4 years as Deputy Director of Operations at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust. Continue reading


Roger Liddle

Roger Liddle

Lord Roger Liddle is Pro Chancellor of Lancaster University, an active Labour peer, and has been a member of the House of Lords since June 2010, where he is the opposition front bench spokesperson on Europe. Continue reading


Tom Brake

Tom Brake

Tom Brake became Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in October 2012. He is the Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington. Continue reading


Michael Cox


Michael Cox is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is Co-Director of LSE IDEAS. Continue reading


Dan Atkinson

Dan Atkinson

Dan Atkinson is a British journalist and author. He is Financial Editor of Content for Marketing following a role as economics editor of The Mail on Sunday Continue reading


Paul Boateng

Paul Boateng

Paul Boateng, Baron Boateng is a British Labour Party politician and former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who was the Member of Parliament for Brent South Continue reading


Mark Tokola

mark tokola

Mark Tokola is the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy London and is a member of the US Senior Foreign Service. Continue reading


John Holden


John Holden is a visiting Professor at City University London, and an Associate at the think tank Demos, where he was Head of Culture for 8 years. Continue reading