The Innovation and Practice team at The Young Foundation believes that a fairer and sustainable future is only possible through deeper participation between communities, public services, private and charitable institutions. 

This is a time of great transition of our social, economic, and environmental systems, which demands creative ideas, new ways of working, and a focus on impact. 

To navigate this environment, we believe innovation must be a social and collaborative process. One that unlocks the power of diversity and difference.   

At The Young Foundation, we work in partnership with communities, public systems, and enterprise. We create space for learning and experimentation to bring about big ideas and new ways of working, shaping a fairer future together.  

How we work and what we do

Our Innovation and Practice Team supports organisations and individuals to work reflectively, inclusively and collaboratively. Spotlighting often overlooked and implicit parts of a system, we work in partnership to curate visions and strategies tailored to our partners and clients, creating the unique conditions to nurture innovation, action and learning.

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Projects and programmes


Our legacy of social innovation

The Young Foundation has a long and a proud history of community-led innovation, incubating more than 80 new organisations – including The Open University, The School for Social Entrepreneurs, Year Here, Social Innovation Exchange, and many others. We collaborate to understand, involve and innovate, and today, our Innovation and Practice Team works with people and organisations, linking research and innovation as connected processes. 

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Work with us

Our Innovation and Practice Team works with large and small charities and corporates, and with diverse communities, to design and deliver solutions tailored to specific issues. Find out how we could support you.

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Community research

We are a not-for-profit tackling societal issues with a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach.

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Social innovation

Involving people from diverse sectors to shape game-changing initiatives.

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