Autumn 2020 Events Series

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We’re delighted to be hosting a number of exciting autumn events here at The Young Foundation. Join us to talk about the importance of peer research, hear from Lise Butler and Nick Pettigrew as they talk about their new books, and become involved in our Education Festival. Further detail below… we hope to see you all there!

Michael Young, Social Science and the British Left…

Join us, some very special guests, and author Dr. Lise Butler for the launch of her new book, Michael Young, Social Science and the British Left. Expect a lively discussion on the emotional drivers of political behaviour, the social sciences – and their inclusion in political discourse (both on left and right), the role of knowledge and evidence in shaping public purpose in society, and the relevance of Young’s work today.

When: Wednesday 14th October 2020, 5.30-7pm

Register here.

BOOST: A Celebration

Six months ago, with the Cabinet Office, DCMS and EY, we convened 18 of the most exciting social innovators across the UK – with proven solutions to deep-seated social issues – to take part in the Inclusive Economy Partnership’s scale-up programme, BOOST.  By unlocking the power of partnerships, BOOST has enabled the innovators to form connections with over 80 new businesses, civil society organisations or government departments, attracting over £3m in additional funding and investment. At this exclusive online event you will learn more about the transformational power of cross-sector partnerships to address social challenges in new ways, be inspired by the energy, insights, skills, networks and action of IEP partners to create the fairer, more inclusive society we all want, and  join like-minded leaders to explore new opportunities and form partnerships to create systematic change.

When: Thursday 15th October 2020, 9.30-11.30am

Register here.

Getting to Real Insight: The Use and Value of Working with Peer Researchers

As it becomes increasingly critical to understand the lived experiences of people in different circumstances across the UK, we’re pleased to host a seminar for those interested in commissioning or undertaking ‘peer research’. Proven to deliver powerful insights that would otherwise go unrecognised, peer research involves training members of the public to explore and research the issues they, and their communities, care about. In this seminar, you will understand the basics of peer research, the impact it can have on a local area, and question our experienced team on how to run a safe, high impact community research project.

When: Thursday 22nd October 2020, 12.30-2pm

Register here.

Keeping Communities Safe and the Secret Diary of an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer

Join our conversation with author Nick Pettigrew to celebrate the launch of his harrowing, tear-jerking, yet – at times – funny book, Anti-Social: The Secret Diary of an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer.

When: Tuesday 27th October 2020, 5.30-7pm

Register here.

And introducing… The Young Foundation Education Festival!

In early December, we will be hosting an Education Festival – a series of interactive events focused on the increasing problem of education inequality across the UK and featuring some of our social innovators. Expect talks on everything from teachers changing lives in their own classrooms to social enterprises working hard to support those disadvantaged by our education system.

Keep an eye on our website and social channels for live updates and how to register to attend. If you have experience of battling against the inequalities in our education system, we would love you to speak at or contribute to our event. Please set out in 100 words the contribution you would like to make, and send it to


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