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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

Ambition is critical

Date: June 05 2014

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As we hit 25,000 followers on twitter, Tony Colville, Partnerships lead at The Young Foundation, starts a monthly reflection on new partnerships, new programmes and plans for collaboration. For more on our new partnerships follow us @tony_colville @the_young_fdn If I ask my friends what they know of Swansea, the beautiful coastal town of South Wales,... Find out more

A revolutionary approach to solving urban challenges

Date: May 15 2014

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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

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

Mobile for Good: Putting power in the hands of the people

Date: December 11 2013

Posted by: Filippo Addarii

I recently had the pleasure of taking part in the 2013 Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe Awards, where four new Android and iOS applications were awarded €30,000 each to continue their excellent work. These awards recognise transformational apps designed to improve people’s lives, deliver substantial public benefit and stimulate thinking of how mobile technology can improve... Find out more

A Design for Life*

Date: December 02 2013

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As our flight comes in to land, it’s a typical, magical, Glasgow winter day: drizzle over fog over velvet green hills that are just begging to be walked in. But I’ll have to save that walking for today I’m up in Scotland for the first open event for Better by Design – a programme The... Find out more

Top five lessons learned from migrant social entrepreneurs (that really apply to all social entrepreneurs)

Date: November 18 2013

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For the last two years, Metropolitan, The Young Foundation and Olmec have been working together to grow social entrepreneurship, particularly among migrants and ethnic minority groups in London and Nottingham. We provided support to over 60 migrant social entrepreneurs through Olmec’s First Steps in Social Enterprise and The Young Foundations CLIMB (Community Level Investment for... Find out more