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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 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

The growth in tech social ventures

Date: November 29 2012

Posted by: Mandeep Hothi

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

Squeezed Out?

Date: November 22 2012

Posted by: Nicola Bacon

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

A week is a start: reflections after Global Entrepreneurship Week

Date: November 21 2012

Posted by: Tom Ravenscroft

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

Urgent need for innovation in placemaking

Date: October 22 2012

Posted by: Nicola Bacon

As the UK Government sets out its plans to accelerate housebuilding to meet soaring demand for homes in England, there is an urgent need to find ways of making sure that the new places that are created as a result of the current policy drive become the thriving communities of the future, rather than expensive... Find out more

Bringing Positive Psychology to the Streets of Jaffna

Date: October 10 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

Armed with ten thousand postcards with happy smiling faces printed on them, a team of counsellors, psychosocial workers and I are hitting the streets of the Jaffna, Sri Lanka on a busy Wednesday morning. Our aim is to raise awareness about positive mental health and wellbeing. Today is World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2012, an... Find out more