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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

Focusing on what works, not just what is new

Date: November 12 2014

This blog is the first of a series that looks at five features the programme has identified that support organisations to replicate effectively and build an evidence-base for their work. Each of these features is explored in the Realising Ambition mid-programme report. Here Tim Hobbs and Cassandra Ohlson from the Social Research Unit explore the... Find out more

Frances Beecher, on the need for collaboration in Wales

Date: October 15 2014

On Friday 24th October the Young Foundation is launching a collaboration with Llamau in Wales to begin a a new movement. Ahead of the event, Frances Beecher, CEO of Llamau shares her thoughts on the challenges ahead and the need for greater collaboration. It’s very hard to believe that we are out of the recession and everything... Find out more

Innovation in Education – Our Young Academy Demo Day

Date: September 24 2014

At The Young Foundation, we believe that tackling disadvantage in the education system is key to addressing inequality. Our contribution in this area is the Young Academy – a programme for social ventures that work to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged young people. The Young Academy supports ventures in developing their ideas and business models and... Find out more

How would you spend £4 billion?

Date: May 07 2014

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The Young Foundation have worked with the BIG Lottery Fund on Realising Ambition, a project helping young people fulfil their potential; and Better By Design, which supports voluntary sector oragnisations in Scotland. To develop their priorities for the next six years, BIG are asking for your ideas on how £4 billion could best help communities. We encourage you... Find out more

For disruption in education? Join us!

Date: February 05 2014

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Today we are excited to announce our latest initiative – The Young Academy. Building upon the legacy of Michael Young, The Young Academy will support early-stage social ventures working in the field of education to realise their potential to change the status quo. Our research supports the view that our education system, in its current... Find out more

Journey of a Social Entrepreneur – The Philosophy Foundation

Date: January 14 2014

Posted by: Malcolm Dean

Social entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes as the previous six profiles in this series vividly demonstrate. This month’s profile looks at a couple seeking to change the school curriculum. Initially they wanted to add a fourth ‘R’ to the traditional three. They have even considered making it the first R – the pursuit... Find out more

Johnson is confused and on dangerous ground

Date: December 05 2013

Posted by: Greg Winfield

It’s been nearly a week now and I’m aware I’m far from unique in being utterly appalled by the comments of Boris Johnson as he addressed the Centre for Policy Studies with a speech lauding brutal elitism. I quote the already much maligned Johnson here, and shudder – “Whatever you may think of the value... Find out more

Inactive youth

Date: November 19 2013

Posted by: Simon Willis

This letter was printed in The Times of London on October 30th, 2013.  ‘We have become dangerously inactive, as technology and other modern conveniences have engineered physical activity out of daily life.’ Sir, The human body was designed to move. But in a very short period of time, we have become dangerously inactive, as technology... Find out more

Innovation and inequality in Colombia

Date: October 31 2013

Posted by: Tricia Hackett

Earlier this month, The Young Foundation and Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) collaborated to design and run a series of workshops and a public event aimed at strengthening social innovation in Colombia. The public event, chaired by Colombian educationalist Vicky Colbert, drew over 400 people and included Geoff Mulgan (CEO of Nesta) talking about mainstreaming social... Find out more