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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

‘We can all get involved in climate activism; everyone has something to contribute’ 

Date: November 09 2021


We need both technology and human partnerships to tackle the climate crisis, says Daze Aghaji – a 21-year-old activist, political candidate and student at Goldsmiths, University of London One of my earliest childhood memories is of standing in front of a tree outside my mum’s house. A tree surgeon was going to cut it down and... Find out more

‘Crisis drives innovation; now is the time to forge a new future’ 

Date: November 05 2021


This blog was written by Nicola Yates OBE, Chief Executive of Connected Places Catapult. Nicola is a judge for the Climate Challenge Cup competition. On 28 March 1979, the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, USA, went into partial meltdown, leaking radiation. Luckily, no one was hurt in the immediate incident – but the... Find out more

Getting beyond the ‘blah, blah, blah’: we need a new kind of climate activism 

Date: November 04 2021

Posted by: Helen Goulden


The cacophony of noise  as COP26 gathers pace tells us all we need to know about the critical nature of this conference.  But if we had really internalised the risks to our future, we’d have been consumed by nothing else since Rachel Carson wrote  Silent Spring in 1962. We’d be on the streets every day. Instead, we are mostly... Find out more

Online platforms could revolutionise impact measurement: but is it larger organisations that benefit?

Date: July 20 2021

Posted by: Helen Goulden


The Covid pandemic has sped up the existing trend of social enterprises delivering education programmes online. These social enterprises are now able to draw on large amounts of data collected through their platforms to measure and improve the impact of their interventions. For small organisations who are new to online delivery, there is a lot... Find out more

Be More Michael

Date: November 25 2020

Posted by: Helen Goulden


Who wants to make any predictions about 2021? The internet and media will be awash with them in the coming weeks; but talk to police commissioners, local authority chief execs and those close to their communities and a “growth in tension” is mentioned with increasing regularity; largely driven by unemployment which is projected to rise... Find out more

The Young Academy Investment Fund converts investment in East Learning to Revenue Participation Loan

Date: September 08 2020

Posted by: Sarah Faber


We are delighted to announce the conversion of our investment in East Learning into a Revenue Participation Loan.  The Young Academy Investment Fund was established to fill a gap in the finance available to early stage start–ups which were attempting to revolutionise the education system. When we invested a small amount to allow East Learning to build a prototype of its Aspirations... Find out more

Your future workforce in a post-Covid world: empowering young people to find quality work

Date: August 28 2020

Posted by: Sarah Faber


A group of young people, with some of the UK’s largest employers and policymakers, gathered together last week to share their experiences on how young people can access quality work, despite the impact of COVID-19 that looms over their immediate futures. This online event was part of the Inclusive Economy Partnership (IEP) BOOST programme, bringing... Find out more

Being patient: what we have learned about equity-like social investments through the Young Academy Investment Fund

Date: August 27 2020

Posted by: Sarah Faber


In 2019 the Education Policy Institute shared its fears that the reduction in the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers was close to flattening out and that the gap might start to increase again[1]. The same report found that disadvantaged pupils were 18.1 months behind non-disadvantaged pupils by the time they left secondary... Find out more

Nothing about us without us

Date: July 04 2019

Posted by: Helen Goulden, Sarah Faber


Do you have experience listening to the people you exist to serve in order to improve what you do and how you do it? The Young Foundation have now launched an inquiry to explore the role of user voice and experience in social investment. With support from Big Society Capital and Barrow Cadbury Trust, we... Find out more

Resources to reduce and respond to self-harm and suicidal intent

Date: March 12 2019

Posted by: Helen Goulden, Sarah Faber

Developed to support a whole school culture of early intervention and support around student mental health, and partnership working with CAMHS services, for deaf children and young people, and those on the autism spectrum.  These resources include: Simple tools to promote a shared understanding of managing risk, risk assessments, and the language used around mental... Find out more