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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

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

Realising Ambition: one year in

Date: July 18 2013

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The Social Research Unit at Dartington has just written the first report of the Realising Ambition programme, a £25m investment by the Big Lottery Fund in the replication of evidence-based and promising interventions for children and young people. One of the most striking things is the dearth of home-grown evidence-based interventions designed prevent or reduce... Find out more

Reasonable Grounds?

Date: July 10 2013

Posted by: Catherine Russell

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) released findings yesterday highlighting that over a quarter of stop and searches had no justifiable reason for a search recorded. [1] Last year, The Young Foundation spent time with young people in Haringey, exploring their experiences of stop and search. Our conversations closely mirrored HMIC’s findings. Far too often... Find out more

Incivility breeds incivility

Date: July 08 2013

Posted by: Phoebe Griffith

Last week a supermarket cashier refused to serve a customer who was speaking on a mobile phone. This small incident caused a major public debate in the UK (the Deputy Prime Minister was asked for his verdict, as was I). But as ever, the discussion gave rise to moral panic rather than serious consideration about... Find out more