Useful Links

The following are links to (largely British) web pages which those interested in the 21st Century Trust might find useful. They should not be taken as endorsements, nor does the Trust have any formal association with these organizations.

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Conference Organizers

British Council Seminars
British Council Seminars design and manage conferences and seminars, exploring contemporary and cutting edge issues from both the UK and international perspectives.

Cumberland Lodge
Cumberland Lodge provides opportunities for the exchange of views and beliefs. It does this primarily through a programme of conferences, retreats, seminars and public conversations, some of which it hosts and some of which it arranges independently or in partnership with a like-minded organisation. The Lodge is a Christian foundation, dedicated to improving society by a sharing of opinions and knowledge. It has a strongly international outlook and particularly encourages young people to address the needs of society.

Ditchley Foundations
It is the purpose of the Ditchley Foundations to contribute towards the process of people of different countries learning to understand each other's problems and outlooks, largely by means of intimate weekend conferences of decision-makers held at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, England.

Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development
The FDSD is a London-based think tank that explores and helps build the relationship between flourishing democracy and sustainable development. Through research, advocacy and dialogue, the FDSD builds the evidence and make the connections needed to secure fairness for all and a healthy environment, now and in the future.

The John Smith Memorial
Trust The Trust runs the John Smith Fellowship Programme, aimed at the next generation of leaders in a number of the independent republics that were previously part of the Soviet Union - young people of proven ability and real attainments, regardless of their political background. It is designed to introduce young future leaders to the institutions and practices of democracy as they have evolved over time in the United Kingdom. We do not attempt to indoctrinate the Fellows: we seek only to help them to choose the models that will work in their own societies.

Wilton Park
Wilton Park is one of the world's leading centres for the discussion of international issues. It holds over sixty conferences each year bringing together policy-makers, politicians, NGO representatives, academics, business people and journalists from all over the world. Since 1946, it has developed a unique status as an academically independent and non-profit making Executive Agency of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Think Tanks

Demos is an independent think tank and research institute based in London. Launched in 1993, its role is to help reinvigorate public policy and political thinking and to develop radical solutions to long term problems.

Institute of Economic Affairs
The IEA is the UK's original free-market think-tank, founded in 1955. The IEA's goal is to explain free-market ideas to the public, including politicians, students, journalists, businessmen, academics and anyone interested in public policy.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies
The IISS, founded in 1958, is an independent centre for research, information and debate on the problems of conflict. Its work is grounded in an appreciation of the various political, economic and social problems that can lead to instability as well as factors that can lead to international cooperation.

The International Relations and Security Network
The ISN is an initiative designed to promote the free flow of unclassified information and to facilitate cooperation through training and education using modern information technology. The ISN consists of a range of high-quality services for people working in international relations and security policy, including: news bulletins and backgrounds on current events, a limited area search service, annotated links directories, research reports and publications, distance learning modules, educational and training activities, and conferences and seminars.

The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)
The RIIA is an independent research and membership organisation working to promote the understanding of key international issues. Established in 1920, it organizes over 100 meetings a year addressed by world leaders and decision makers, and a dozen conferences. Its research includes seminars, workshops, forums and study groups and is accessible to all through its publications.

Vision is an independent think tank committed to developing possible solutions to the complex problems that modern societies are facing. Vision's objective is to collect ideas, protect them from short term pressure, make them grow in projects with high social added value, make sure that the projects become realised.