We are delighted to announce the conversion of our investment in Smart School Councils. Smart School Councils is one of 16 investments made by the Young Academy Investment Fund. The fund was established to reduce educational inequality through making social impact-led investments in early stage education ventures. Smart School Councils offers an online tool and... 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
Have you ever come across the idea of ‘hysterical strength’ – the extraordinary power that affords people ‘superhuman’ strength at times of extreme danger? We’ve all heard stories of people suddenly being able to lift cars and trees off squashed people, throw people out of danger or run for our lives – literally. These stories... Find out more
The Evolving Role of Social Innovation across Europe. A 2019 Perspective. This is a summary of a talk given at the Catalonia Association of Public Universities in Barcelona on 18th September 2019. The event convened business, civil society, academia and government to explore a new agenda for supporting social innovation in Catalonia. In this keynote,... Find out more
Participatory Video with Four London Charities with support from the People’s Postcode Trust “Participatory Video leaves people with a greater sense of who they are and how they can interact with the rest of the world. It is a very powerful medium because getting people to tell their own stories is more powerful than having... Find out more
In April this year, with support from Charlie Leadbeater, Jennie Winhall, U+I, Anna Minton, Josh-Ryan Collins, Linda Leslie, Tessa Gooding and Kathy Evans, The Young Foundation hosted New Perspectives, a gathering of 100 people which explored some of the key, systemic challenges within the housing sector. A compilation of essays and case studies: New Perspectives... Find out more
As part of the Communities Driving Change (CDC) programme, The Young Foundation have been working to support locally-led initiatives to improve health and wellbeing in Tower Hamlets. With the neighbourhoods around Columbia Road identified as a key area of focus, in recent months this project has led to a more in-depth study of the Boundary... Find out more
Do you have experience listening to the people you exist to serve in order to improve what you do and how you do it? The Young Foundation have now launched an inquiry to explore the role of user voice and experience in social investment. With support from Big Society Capital and Barrow Cadbury Trust, we... Find out more
Ryan Boyce interviews Hannah Davis. We met up at Sazzy and Fran Café in Bethnal Green for a fruity smoothie and got chatting about one of our latest projects, Amplify Barking & Dagenham. So, tell me about Amplify Barking & Dagenham? This is a community research and action project which is all about community cohesion in... Find out more
Amanda Hill-Dixon (The Young Foundation) and David Luckin (Co-op). In 2017 the Co-op, in partnership with The Young Foundation and Geolytix, set out to understand what ‘community wellbeing’ means to people across the UK. We did this to support the creation of an index of community wellbeing. The Co-op Community Wellbeing Index is the first... Find out more
“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes” – Mark Twain. This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Calouste Gulbenkian and I attended a small gathering at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for the launch of ‘Mr Five Per Cent’ a brilliant biography on the man himself by Jonathan Conlin. The event was... Find out more