States should empower their citizens. The survival of democracy, even perhaps humanity, depends on governments putting the long-term interests of the people first. This means increasing the power of the people to control both present and future governments and other powerful interests.
At national level key instruments are the franchise, freedom and progressive social policies. At local level these need to be accompanied by community involvement and development.
CID is both a social movement, an aspect of public policy and a set of professional skills. In 2018 and beyond, these are needed ever more, as globalisation reproduces itself at local level in the form of greater diversity, polarisation and threats to services.