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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

How traditional job interviews disadvantage those on the Autism spectrum

Date: August 24 2021


This blog was written by Jack, one of our recently hired Peer Researchers through the Kickstart Scheme. Here he talks about how traditional job interviews disadvantage those on the Autism spectrum and draws on his own experience seeking employment. Find out more about our Kickstart Scheme project here. Job interviews are a standard process job... Find out more

Research on Research: exploring diversity and inclusion in the social research profession

Date: July 01 2021

Posted by: Victoria Boelman


Today, in partnership with the Social Research Association (SRA), we are publishing the largest scale study to date of equality and diversity in the social research profession. ‘Research on research’ is always hard and turning a critical gaze on ourselves was inevitably going to be an uncomfortable experience. This research has thrown into even sharper... Find out more

Doc Brown’s Dream & The Launch of ARIA

Date: February 19 2021

Posted by: Helen Goulden

Today we saw the announcement of the long-awaited Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA), the new blue skies research agency to develop high-risk, high-reward technologies in the UK. As explained in the .gov website, ARIA will be “led by scientists who will have the freedom to identify and fund transformational science and technology at speed”.... Find out more

A Quick Note: Incentivising Collaboration for Social Change

Date: December 03 2020

Posted by: Helen Goulden


In the last few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about how and when great collaboration happens, and the rising desire for more systemic forms of change. It’s clear that the pandemic has brought the not-for-profit and charity sector together in new ways; with a huge increase in online gatherings to share data, experience, ambition... Find out more

Standing in Solidarity

Date: June 03 2020

Posted by: Eve Avdoulos


As an organisation working to strengthen communities across the UK, what we are seeing taking place in the United States is deeply upsetting and unsettling. In our day-to-day work, we support people and organisations to take action together to create fairer communities where everyone can thrive. A primary pillar of this work is to listen;... Find out more

From smart people doing good things, to good people doing smart things…

Date: May 14 2020

Posted by: Jon Huggett

The coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for philanthropy and social innovation to evolve from an educated elite doing good to a much broader and wiser movement.  Senior Young Foundation Fellow Jon Huggett writes that the most inspiring innovations across the world have always brought together people with specialised expertise and first-hand experience. Now is the... Find out more