Time Activity Speakers
09:30 – 10:00

Registration and refreshments

10:00 – 10:10

Welcome and opening remarks

Tim Allan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Young Foundation
10:10 – 10:35

Keynote 1: Founding and Future of the Open University

The Open University was founded by Michael Young to address the inequalities that meant that working people rarely got the opportunity for higher education

Peter Horrocks, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University
10:35 – 11:00

Keynote 2: Social Innovation and the Economy

Mariana Mazzucato, R.M. Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation at Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex
11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 13:00

Concurrent morning workshops

  1. Sociology, Community and Policy
  2. The Politics of Mobility and Exclusion
  3. Michael Young as a Consumer Champion
  4. Social Research and Activism
13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

Plenary session 1: Michael Young: Vision and the Limits of Innovation

Dr. Kate Gavron, Fellow of The Young Foundation and Chair of Carcanet Press,
Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta
14:30 – 15:45

Concurrent afternoon workshops

  1. Education: The Michael Method Unplugged
  2. Building Place Based Movements of Transformation
  3. Gender Futures: Innovating Equality
  4. Social Innovation in the World: A Look to the Future
15:45 – 16:15


16:15 – 17:00

Plenary session 2: Innovation and Inequality – What Next?

Influencing the Public Policy Agenda

Randeep Ramesh, Social Affairs Editor, The Guardian
Rushanara Ali, Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow
Danny Kruger, Chief Executive of the West London Zone for Children and Young People
Sarah Veale, Acting Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum and an Commissioner for EHRC
17:00 – 17:15

Closing remarks

Glenys Thornton, CEO of The Young Foundation