I’m often asked what the secret is to winning contracts and commissions. Of course there isn’t a magic bullet, but the solution we’ve found most effective is a mix of common-sense, imagination and drawing on the experience of others. This post, and the next two Top Tips posts will give three quite different but useful... 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
If you’ve attended a social enterprise event during the last year, you’ll probably be aware that ‘social investment’, which for ages was ‘the next big thing’, has finally become ‘the big thing’. Now everyone, from the prime minister downwards, is talking about it. Some love social investment, some hate it but many of its strongest... Find out more
The news that the National Youth Agency are taking forward proposals to launch an Institute for Youth Work is hugely welcome. Targeted at all those working and volunteering in the youth sector, the Institute will provide a common platform for youth workers to share and debate youth work practice, further their professional development and provide a... Find out more
As the cuts continue to bite, and voluntary sector organisations are expected to do more with less, focus perhaps naturally turns to the costs of running these organisations. Last month Gina Miller prompted furore with her comments lambasting the ‘business-like structures’ involved in running charities. Just this week the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network hosted a... Find out more
Eva* was born in Egypt, to British and French parents. She speaks French, Italian and English fluently. In 1956 she was forced to leave Egypt and come to England with her mother. Never married, Eva used to live with her brother, but when he died 22 years ago she moved into sheltered accommodation. Here, at... Find out more
Early stage ventures can often find themselves floundering when it comes to articulating their business proposition. Social ventures frequently have even greater difficulty as they struggle to communicate both a solid business idea and a social value proposition. In 2009 I was lucky enough to be introduced to the business model canvas via a connection... Find out more
This week, the new and independent Early Intervention Foundation was formally launched by the Prime Minister with cross-party support from Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. This is the latest initiative in the rapidly expanding field of early intervention approaches and programmes for children and young people. As funding becomes increasingly scarce across all sectors, the... Find out more
The Young Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Big Lottery Fund and Taylor Haig to help third sector organisations to rethink and redesign their services, putting the user at the centre and improving outcomes. As such, we wanted to share the announcement from Big Lottery Fund to spread the... Find out more
It is surprising how many times social entrepreneurs fail to follow the simple steps to a successful and powerful pitch. I am often left scratching my head and wondering why. When you pitch, social investors want solutions, not problems. If they wanted an education on the issue, they could read a report or join a... Find out more
This is part of a new series of blogs commissioned by The Young Foundation Ventures Network. In this series, we will explore the journeys of a different social entrepreneur each month- what inspires them, how they got their start, and what they’ve learned along the way. Our first social entrepreneur is Radhika Bynon, Director of... Find out more