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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

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

Social Innovation in the UK: A View from the Outside

Date: October 03 2013

Posted by: Lubomir Billy

Before I left Slovakia for my internship in the UK, my family and friends were asking me what I would do there. Learning, gaining contacts and information in the field of social innovation, I replied. “Social innovation? And what is that?” Their question sums up this concept’s status in my home country. The term is... 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

Top Five Lessons Learned: Replicating Evidence-Based Interventions

Date: September 13 2013

Posted by: Tricia Hackett

In July, Realising Ambition published a report, written by the Social Research Unit at Dartington (SRU), looking at the first year of the programme. Realising Ambition is a five year £25m investment from the Big Lottery Fund in replicating evidence-based and promising approaches to help prevent children and young people (aged 8-14) from becoming involved... 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