Making Waves

Published: March 2016 Publication Type: Publication

Amplifying the potential of cities and regions through movement-based social innovation – a methodology in progress 

At The Young Foundation we believe structural inequality undermines the economy and corrodes our wellbeing. Lack of opportunity and limited social mobility destroys lives, leaving its mark on communities, relationships, aspirations and self-worth .

We work to create a more equal and just society, where each individual can be fulfilled in their own terms. We believe that little about the future of society is inevitable. Bound by our shared humanity, we believe we collectively have the power to shape the societies and communities we want to live in.

The Young Foundation harnesses the power of disruptive innovation to address the causes of structural inequality. This innovation is based on research, partnerships and practical problem solving. We use it as a tool for change in the systems that undermine individual responsibility, empowerment and participation.

The Young Foundation’s Amplify programmes across cities and regions in the UK and beyond are platforms of interconnected research, community development and innovation support designed to spark new ideas for tackling structural inequalities which respond to the real, lived experiences of people, and the communities in which they live.

We aim to broaden the analysis of inequality beyond a narrow focus on wealth and income with a programme that aims to create places which are socially, as well as economically, sustainable.

This paper outlines the theory of social change which underpins the Amplify approach and describes how we have implemented this theory in the city of Leeds in our partnership with Leeds City Council and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


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