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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

If The Shoe Fits: Social Ventures and Marketing Strategy

Date: April 04 2013

Posted by: David Floyd

One of the key differences between a social venture and a traditional charity is that by definition, a social venture takes a commercial approach to solving a social problem. It sells a product or service to customers, putting the profits back towards addressing whatever issue it has chosen to pursue. At the same time, it’s... Find out more

Playing Chicken: Head to Head with Greg Galluzzo

Date: March 21 2013

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

In late February I attended a week long training session in leadership and community organising as part of our Building Local Activism work. Organised by Thrive Teesside, Church Action on Poverty and Wales TCC, I went to Manchester expecting a fairly interesting and standard week of training. But this was no standard week of training.... Find out more

Let’s talk about stop and search

Date: March 12 2013

Posted by: Catherine Russell, Sophie Hostick-Boakye

Since the riots of Summer 2011, stop and search and poor relations between young people and the police in Tottenham have been prominent in the news. However, too often young people’s voices are missing from these debates, finding themselves spoken about, rather than to. In response, the Young Foundation was commissioned by a Tottenham-based college... Find out more

Who is going to employ me? Reflections on resilience interventions for older unemployed men

Date: February 27 2013

Posted by: Lucia Caistor-Arendar, Nina Mguni, Sara Thomas

“Who is going to employ me?” This was a common question that we heard from a number of men who are currently out of work. These men, aged 45 to 60, had demonstrable experience, had been the breadwinners for their families and in some cases had occupied managerial positions. Unsurprisingly, such uncertainty places a strain... Find out more

Mind the Gap

Date: February 26 2013

Posted by: Neil Reeder

Stronger ties between academic evaluators and social innovators would hugely benefit both sides, argues Young Foundation fellow Neil Reeder in a blog entry for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Evaluation and assessment seems an unlikely topic for passionate debate. But as I found out in developing the recently published report “Strengthening Social Innovation in Europe:... Find out more