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One Year On: The impact of our 2012 Accelerator course

September 2014

Our Accelerator course supports social ventures to find the investment they need to increase their social impact – specifically supporting organisations looking to increase the scale at which they are working. The Accelerator Impact Report, demonstrates the impact the course had on the ventures that joined the course in 2012. Over the following year, each business saw... Find out more

Better by Design: Design thinking for the Scottish third sector

July 2014

Many third sector organisations are facing increased demand for their services, more competition for funding and increased pressure to show their social impact. In response, Big Lottery Fund Scotland developed Better by Design, a process of design-led support provided by the Young Foundation and Taylor Haig. The programme is designed to help organisations find the... Find out more

Turning up the Dial: Digital Social Innovation in Northern Ireland

Digital Social Innovation in Northern Ireland

There is huge potential for digital technology to be more widely used for the social good in Northern Ireland, and this report highlights ways in which voluntary and community groups, the private and public sectors and high-tech experts can make this a reality. Featuring inspiring examples from across the UK and Northern Ireland, the report... Find out more

A Reflection on Social Innovation in Colombia

Six Colombia Report_ScreenIn 2013, The Young Foundation and the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) were commissioned by the national Colombian Centre for Social Innovation of ANSPE (National Agency to Overcome Extreme Poverty) to design and run a series of events on Social Innovation with a range of stakeholders.  This project was supported by Compartamos con Colombia and the... Find out more

Bridging the Divide: Social entrepreneurs and commissioners on public sector contracting

November 2013

Anna Davies,

In the last decade, successive UK governments have pursued an agenda of opening up public services to alternative providers from the private and third sectors, with the stated aim of diversifying provision in order to promote competition, efficiency and innovation. The current coalition government has made a particular commitment to “support the creation and expansion... Find out more

The Task of the Social Innovation Movement: Roberto Magabeira Unger’s Keynote Speech from Social Frontiers 2013

December 2013

As part of our TEPSIE project, we organised the Social Frontiers Research Conference in collaboration with Nesta, The Rockefeller Foundation and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). The conference took place at Glasgow Caledonian University London campus in Shoreditch, East London on the 14 and 15 of November 2013. Over the two days, Social Frontiers brought together 120... Find out more

Growing Social Ventures cover (2011)

Growing Social Ventures

Britain’s history is full of examples of forward-thinking co-ops, charities, mutuals as well as profitable businesses that have pioneered innovative ways to tackle social needs. From the rich activity of socially oriented businesses and charities in the 19th century, to forerunners of the ethical business movement like the Body Shop, and an estimated £24bn social... Find out more

Migrant Labour (Podcast)

October 2013

This podcast is a recording of the panel discussion “Migrant Labour: How housing associations and migrant entrepreneurs are improving 21st century Britain” held at RichMix near Brick Lane on Wednesday, 23 October 2013. The panel was opened by Paul Birtill of the Metropolitan Migration Foundation. The panel was chaired by Ravi Mattu (FT), and featured... Find out more

Metropolitan Social Entrepreneurs Business Booklet

October 2013

In March 2012 Metropolitan, The Young Foundation and OLMEC began working together to support migrant social entrepreneurs in London and Nottingham. We provided support to over 60 migrant social entrepreneurs and enterprises through two distinct programmes. First Steps in Social Enterprise and CLIMB (Community Level Investment for Migrant Businesses). First Steps in Social Enterprise was a 12 week programme of support for early... Find out more

Keeping in Touch with our Roots: The case for housing associations to build closer links with social enterprises

October 2013

The history of housing associations is rooted in supporting the most vulnerable in society. As their reach has expanded, the challenge has been to stay connected to the communities they serve. Social enterprise and entrepreneurship offers a route for housing associations to strengthen the relationship with these communities; creating new enterprises, providing jobs for the... Find out more