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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

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

It’s getting to be a habit…but not quite yet

Date: February 20 2013

Posted by: Peter Gerry

Today the latest set of statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet were released. They paint an all too familiar picture. Levels of obesity are rising, and levels of physical activity continue to decline – despite last summer’s sporting successes. The Young Foundation outlined many of these issues in our report Move It, released last... Find out more

Evidence-based Thinking

Date: February 13 2013

Posted by: Laura Dosanjh

I was recently asked at a conference entitled “Crisis for Youth” whether enough was being done to ensure that public money on services for young people is spent as effectively as possible. The question was clearly a leading one. But how do we best demonstrate impact and make the case for funding services that really... Find out more

Community spirit and caring nature of Brits is reassuring

Date: January 29 2013

Posted by: Mark Williamson

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

Neglectful Britain?

Date: January 04 2013

Posted by: Nina Mguni, Peter Gerry

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

How I Spent My SIX Summer

Date: December 13 2012

Posted by: Connor Friesen, Kine Nordstokka, Louise Pulford

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

The Resilience Illusion

Date: December 05 2012

Posted by: Nina Mguni

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