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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

Social Innovation in Practice: Slovakia

Date: October 01 2013

Posted by: Lubomir Billy

While interning at The Young Foundation in London, I have learnt about many  inspiring ideas and projects tackling various social problems. My chats usually end with the same question for me: “And what is the situation in Slovakia like?” Although social innovation is not a well-known term in my country, I would argue that it... Find out more

Going it alone….and succeeding: Kosice IT Valley

Date: September 30 2013

Posted by: Lubomir Billy

On the same day as I started to write this blog, a Slovak newspaper published an article on its front page with the title: “Double salaries? Reality in Košice”. The article highlights the success of Slovakia’s new Silicon Valley-inspired cluster, known as Košice IT Valley. So far it is succeeding in creating thousands of new... Find out more

Can’t handle the heat? You’re not alone.

Date: July 25 2013

Posted by: Megan Dragony

The streets and parks of London have been overrun during the recent heat wave. At first glance, it would appear that everyone is outside soaking up the rays and socialising. But sadly this is not the case. As many as 760 people in the UK have died as a result of the heat. We will... Find out more

Space, place and disruptive social innovation

Date: June 25 2013

Posted by: Greg Winfield

It’s a biting cold November morning. A hardy group of designers, design enthusiasts and enthusiastic amateurs are hauling 6 foot wooden panels up a narrow staircase into a former bedsit in Bethnal Green. Today this group and I have swapped the usual lie-in and fry up for a day of disruptive DIY. We’ll be converting... Find out more

Should birds of a feather always flock together?

Date: May 22 2013

Posted by: Lucia Caistor-Arendar

The RSA recently hosted an event called ‘Are diverse communities possible?’ where Zachary Neal,  assistant professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University, presented the potentially paradoxical relationship between neighbourhood integration and cohesion. This issue strongly resonates with the work we have been doing at The Young Foundation on community resilience. His... Find out more

Mainstreaming migrant social enterprise

Date: May 09 2013

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Four years ago Lola and Sarah arrived in the UK homeless and with little English. Today they are setting up their own social enterprise. Now both fluent English speakers, they provide information, advice and guidance services to people in similar circumstances to those they had to overcome just a few years ago. When asked what... Find out more

Playing Chicken: Head to Head with Greg Galluzzo

Date: March 21 2013

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

In late February I attended a week long training session in leadership and community organising as part of our Building Local Activism work. Organised by Thrive Teesside, Church Action on Poverty and Wales TCC, I went to Manchester expecting a fairly interesting and standard week of training. But this was no standard week of training.... Find out more