We believe that many of the socio-economic problems in Israel, such as the high cost of living and the deepening economic inequality along with the declining social cohesion, are the result of inherent structural market failures and misrepresentation of the wider public’s interest in the democratic system.
The democratic system is based on consistent, active and smart civil participation that starts with voting in political parties primaries, voting and participating in the general elections and continues during the time of the administration tenure.
Today, given the fact that most of the Israeli public is only partially involved and active, small interest groups are able to exert pressure on decision-makers and determine the public agenda.
The public representatives are dependant on these small interest groups and therefore tend to represent and promote only the interests of these groups at the expense of the general public.
Public representatives are dependant on these small interest groups since they have control over major sources of political and economic power and on the media.
For instance, various business groups from different domains (banking services, pension, food etc.), influential workers’ committees (Israel Electric Corporation, Israel-ports etc.) that act to put pressure on the political system and create major impact by mass-registration to political parties and lobbying, thus preventing public representatives from implementing necessary reforms and changes to advance competition in these markets. Therefore, market failures are created, such as the high cost of living and housing.
In order to deal with this problem, we need to raise a conscious and active civil society and cultivate leadership within the public.
Israel 2050 acts to create that kind of society.
SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE LAST YEARS:
Running dozens of leadership programs that trained over 400 alumni.
Developing an active network of experts - dozens of experts in various fields: economics, media and communication, journalism, activists, leaders and social experts who are involved in the movement, give lectures and support public campaigns of the movement.
Leading a wide-scale civil campaign to promote competition in the banking market through the legislative system, creating impact by advancing the implementation of the conclusions of the Shtrom committee and working in collaboration with the Social Organizations Coalition.
Establishing a platform to promote registration to political party memberships and voting in the primaries.
Main GOals for 2018:
Operating 20 branches of the Leadership and training program: on campuses (5), Students Union (2), social centers (5), Rothschild ambassadors program (6) and the Grants program of “Mifal Ha’Pais”.
Boosting the implementation of the law to increase competition in the banking market following our effort to create a change in the field, including the legislation of the law itself.
Promoting the registration of tens of thousands of people to political party membership and voting in the primaries.
Absorbing 100 new members into the peer network - developing and expanding the leadership platform of the program alumni.
Launching two wide-scale civil campaigns of possible solutions for the fundamental and structural problems in the socio-economic system.
The National Union of Israeli Students is a strategic partner to the cause and action of our movement. Gandyr Foundation supports the peer-network of the leadership training program alumni. The Rothschild Ambassadors’ program incorporates the content of Israel 2050 in its program on campuses.
The movement cooperates with Tel-Aviv University, The Academic college in Tel Aviv-Yaffo and Konrad Adenauer Foundation and is professionally guided in matters of content by Ma’oz organization.
The movement constantly grows thanks to the strategic advisory we receive from numerous professional organizations in the field. In addition, the lectures in the Leadership training program take place thanks to the dedication of dozens of high-qualified and senior speakers who voluntarily help train the participants and leaders in the movement.