What are your most important values? You may not have been asked this question before, but it’s a very significant one. Our values shape every aspect of our lives; they determine what we care about, how we behave and what we prioritise. Perhaps your list would include honesty, achievement or independence? Or maybe trust, fairness... 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
Today’s Guest Blogger is Andrew Attfield, Associate Director for Public Health at Barts Health NHS Trust. Andrew attended our seminar on making early action a principle of public policy and we were intrigued by what he had to say about early action and health. For more on early action at The Young Foundation, you can... Find out more
How should we look after our ageing population and who should bear the weight of responsibility? Norman Lamb in his interview in The Daily Telegraph and Sarah Dittum in her response in Comment is Free, The Guardian both tackle the view that communities are neglectful of their ageing neighbours but with opposing answers At The... Find out more
The field of social innovation is rapidly expanding – and the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) is keeping pace, brokering new collaborations and becoming ever more global. This year, SIX held its fifth Social Innovation Exchange Summer School, in conjunction with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, in Adelaide Australia. Around 100 participants from six continents... Find out more
It was late in the evening as we ascended the steep slopes of Les Roquetes. With its winding streets, outdoor escalators and hilltop views, this Barcelona neighbourhood resembled a favela. We arrived at our destination, a little community hall, and were met by several members of the local neighbourhood committee. They were a feisty bunch,... Find out more
This month the Young Foundation launched the Accelerator, a four-month programme intended to prepare small social ventures for delivery of social impact at scale. Each venture will benefit from a tailored package of support that develops and shapes their business models, helping them to become ‘investment ready’ and to access markets for their services. The... Find out more
Winter is the most difficult time of year to be sleeping rough in London. It is often cold, rainy and dark, and at time where families would usually come together, it can be a lonely and isolated experience if you are homeless. However, today it has been announced that the Greater London Authority are going... Find out more
Last week I met a young woman who was proud of her home and her child. She was on her own and had been through a difficult time when pregnant, living in a one-room studio with a couple who were drinking heavily. She had gone to the local council (in London) for help as homeless... Find out more
Last week was Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). With it, came a torrent of statistics: the 50% of people who would like to start a business, the 5% who actually do. The rising youth unemployment and falling hopes. And an accompanying rush of activities: Workshops, challenge days, motivational speakers and Twitter trending. For the team at Enabling... Find out more
Much of the work of The Young Foundation is about redefining the relationship between the citizen and the state. A fundamental aspect of this relationship, although it is often overlooked in the (re)design of public services and engagement with service users, is data. Today marks another step in a revolution in the way data is... Find out more