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Ben GRAHAM JONES: founder, VISION FOR BRITAIN


I’m Ben. My mum works as a shop assistant in Boots, my father sells CDs.

My first job was working night shifts in a factory in Wiltshire.

After leaving a state school packed with wonderful teachers, I was lucky enough to become the first in my family to go to university, studying the very same books I had been packing into dusty boxes at 4am a year earlier.

While studying, I realised that the debates of modern Britain were frozen. They resembled the same debates of sixty years ago - yet the reality of globalisation was changing the world beyond recognition.

Throughout my early career, I have been figuring out what the Britain of the future could look like if we make the right choices now.

Plenty of others are taking Brexit as their starting point. There are already millions of contributors to that discussion. My starting point is different, as I believe we would not be in this quandary if the debates of yesterday had been driven by long-term vision. Let’s not make that mistake again.

I have now spent time in more than 70 countries and spoken with many of the world's thought leaders in order to work out what Britain can learn from what other countries do.

The Vision for Britain summarises my findings, and takes them forward into a wider conversation into Britain’s future.

Aged 21, I worked for President and Mrs Carter, who inspired me with their lifetimes of public service. President Carter never dropped a single bomb, and he has since devoted his life to improving healthcare outcomes across the world.

Aged 21, I worked for President and Mrs Carter, who inspired me with their lifetimes of public service. President Carter never dropped a single bomb, and he has since devoted his life to improving healthcare outcomes across the world.

 
 
 
Bringing people together in Cuba, 2015, whilst cycling the length of the island.

Bringing people together in Cuba, 2015, whilst cycling the length of the island.

My passion is connectivity. I love connecting people and ideas. I believe that as we all become ever more interconnected, new opportunities open up for those willing to reject isolation. 

I believe the UK should embrace the opportunities of connectivity in a way that benefits all of us.

The proposals this website will host over the coming months and years are intended to start a permanent conversation on how a critical mass of innovators and forward-thinking people, whatever our political beliefs or personal circumstances, can work together to build a country driven by a vision of the future.

I believe that if we harness the forces that are connecting people across the world, we will unlock unprecedented mass improvement of our economy, society, and democracy. And if we do that, others across the world will too.

#VisionForBritain

I undertook the first ever documented crossing of Cuba by bicycle, to inspire other people struggling with dyspraxia. I believe that maximising the potential of a society requires unlocking the personal potential of each of us.

I undertook the first ever documented crossing of Cuba by bicycle, to inspire other people struggling with dyspraxia. I believe that maximising the potential of a society requires unlocking the personal potential of each of us.

Building bridges in North Korea, 2013. I believe that to change, we must engage. Credit: Kelsey Ray.

Building bridges in North Korea, 2013. I believe that to change, we must engage. Credit: Kelsey Ray.

I met civil rights activist and former Presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson at the US Embassy, London. I asked Rev Jackson what we should do when we see social, racial or gender injustice. He replied: “Never confuse what is normal with what is right”.

I met civil rights activist and former Presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson at the US Embassy, London. I asked Rev Jackson what we should do when we see social, racial or gender injustice. He replied: “Never confuse what is normal with what is right”.