Despite high levels of inequality, there is also a deep resilience and passion for creativity and ingenuity in Northern Ireland.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
Calling all Social Innovators – help us to help you! We are looking for exceptional cases where Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have boosted social innovation and created better and more cost effective welfare services for citizens across Europe. If you have a case to share, we’d love to hear from you! PLEASE TAKE A... Find out more
This is an opportunity to turn the City of Turin in a laboratory for transformation addressing economic, social and democratic challenges through a system approach. It’s for the benefit of the city, but also an inspiration for Italy and the rest of Europe. Why Turin? Because this city is the mirror of our time: its... Find out more
“2015 is the tipping point for Norway. The fall of oil price combined with the recognition that climate change is going to affect the oil industry – the main source of revenue of the country – is forcing us to fundamentally reconsider our growth strategy”. This was the opening line of Per Koch, senior advisor... Find out more
What’s going on in Paris? This year over four thousand Parisians have been consulted on how to allocate twenty million Euros across fifteen projects that aim to improve the quality of life in the French capital. Anne Hidalgo, who was elected as the Mayor of Paris in April 2014, has introduced a participatory budget process... Find out more
For a large swathe of the Welsh population on low incomes, the economic recovery could be marred by an historic overhang of debt. Overall UK consumer debt trebled in value from 1993 to 2013 reaching £158 billion. This has left many in poverty facing high debt repayments and uncertainty as interest rates are set to start... Find out more
The Young Foundation is working with Innovate York on GeniUS! Open – an approach which aims to revolutionise the way citizens and local organisations can propose ideas to solve social, economic and environmental problems in their city. GeniUS! was developed by Science City York and City of York Council. It is now being piloted with... Find out more
Climate change, credit crunch, political disenfranchisement, youth unemployment, ageing society, mass migration, even the German energiewende – the policy to phase out nuclear energy – are all manifestations of global change and show the inadequacy of our current institutions to deal with the transformation. This is our small world crisis. This is the cause of the crisis... Find out more
In comparison to the problems our society faces it appears somewhat childish to be annoyed at the failure of a large multinational car hire firm (Alamo @London City Airport) to provide me with the service they had contractually agreed with me this weekend. However, something about the way the situation was handled has nudged me... Find out more
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