The speed of Covid-19 spreading across the country and impact on UK society has turned our lives upside down. Whilst the pandemic is foremost a public health crisis, the Young Foundation is curious to understand how people across the country are dealing with this situation on a personal and community level. In order to find... Find out more
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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
“Although this sudden decline in the disease was unexpected, the townspeople were in no hurry to celebrate. The preceding months, though they had increased their desire for liberation, had also taught them prudence and accustomed them to count less and less on a rapid end to the epidemic. However, this new development was the subject... Find out more
We’ve all been there. You’re in a meeting or conference session, and someone comes out with: “Systems change-focused innovation needs a radical intentionality with a disruptive redefinition of interventional capital.” You’re not sure what they mean, but you nod anyway. Young Foundation Fellow Jon Huggett gives his take on how to replace smart talk, with... Find out more
Building on our long heritage of seeking to understand and involve communities in issues that directly affect them, The Young Foundation has today launched a landmark programme of research, focussed on understanding what it really feels like to live in a society characterised by contagion and containment. As the pandemic spreads on a global scale, we... Find out more
Young Foundation launches UK-wide programme to understand the impact of Covid-19 on communities. The coronavirus Covid-19 is radically changing the way we go about our day-to-day lives. It’s shifting where we turn for help and support and how we interact with friends, family and neighbours. We are inviting you to participate in the largest UK... Find out more
To say that these times are unprecedented would be an understatement. Within the span of one week, our entire country, and nearly a quarter of the globe, has immediately needed to adapt to new ways of working, new ways of operating and new ways of communicating with colleagues, friends and families. The last few days have been... Find out more
In the fourth and final instalment of this blog series, we will be exploring communities of place in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We will hear from Vicky Alvarez, local trader and activist, and Mirca Morera, Founder and Chair of a campaign very close to my heart – Save the Latin Village (SLV). For the past 16... Find out more
In the third instalment of this blog series, we will be exploring communities of faith in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We will hear from my own dad, Richard Young – a Lay Minister at St Mary the Virgin Church in Witney, Oxfordshire, about the church’s response to the crisis. At the Young Foundation, we understand how churches and other faith institutions continue to play a vital role in promoting healthy communities across... Find out more
In my last blog post, we were introduced to the variety of incredible community responses to COVID-19 across the UK, including The Corona Cabaret, the first online global cabaret tackling isolation during the outbreak. In this blog, we dive deeper into the world of communities of identity, hearing from one its performers, activist Dan Glass about how he and the wider LGBTQI+ community are experiencing... Find out more
At the Young Foundation, our mission is to develop better connected and more sustainable communities across the UK. One of the main ways in which we achieve this is by building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them. In recent months, many communities in the UK and across the world have been experiencing changes and challenges as a result of COVID-19. In such uncertain... Find out more