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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Johnson is confused and on dangerous ground

Date: December 05 2013

Posted by: Greg Winfield

It’s been nearly a week now and I’m aware I’m far from unique in being utterly appalled by the comments of Boris Johnson as he addressed the Centre for Policy Studies with a speech lauding brutal elitism. I quote the already much maligned Johnson here, and shudder – “Whatever you may think of the value... Find out more

Legal Answers for Social Problems

Date: October 09 2013

Posted by: Greg Winfield

Preparing to scale up a social venture is fraught with tough decisions. Having created, tested and piloted the idea, then worked out how to operate on a small scale, an organisation is faced with the question of how to take it to the next level and really broaden their social impact. Our Accelerator programme helps... Find out more

A Little Validation for our Acceleration

Date: July 26 2013

Posted by: Greg Winfield

When I first read “The case against Demo Days” by Keith Ippel, MD of Invoke Labs I was distracted by the heading on the Fast Company website – “How to be successful at everything”. As you might imagine, I read through with bated breath, eagerly anticipating an enterprise epiphany. I waited, hopefully. During this wait... Find out more

Space, place and disruptive social innovation

Date: June 25 2013

Posted by: Greg Winfield

It’s a biting cold November morning. A hardy group of designers, design enthusiasts and enthusiastic amateurs are hauling 6 foot wooden panels up a narrow staircase into a former bedsit in Bethnal Green. Today this group and I have swapped the usual lie-in and fry up for a day of disruptive DIY. We’ll be converting... Find out more