Nicola Bacon and Saffron Woodcraft set out why it matters that we pay more attention to the way that individuals and communities are shaping their cities, and why this is the focus of the first publication from the Social Life of Cities collaborative, ten stories of urban innovation from cities across the world. What is... 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
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
Londoners actively celebrate the fact that we come from all corners of the world, and in the main, we “rub along” fine. But many of us come from places where people talk to each other on trains and buses, chat in every queue and waiting room and give and receive help from their neighbours as... Find out more
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
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
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
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
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
Why Colombia is a country facing big challenges and offering up big solutions that rest of the world would do well to take notice of. It’s not all about Brazil – though the media might lead you to believe otherwise. Lesser known but not less exciting things are also happening in other Latin America countries,... Find out more
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