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The Young Foundation welcomes contributions from many sectors and standpoints - views expressed here are not necessarily held by The Young Foundation. If you would like to blog for us, please get in touch with Claudia on claudia.elliot@youngfoundation.org.

Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Norway: Welfare for Innovation

Date: | Posted by: Ashley Elizabeth Ball

Date: February 10 2015

Posted by: Ashley Elizabeth Ball

“2015 is the tipping point for Norway. ‎The fall of oil price combined with the recognition that climate change is going to affect the oil industry – the main source of revenue of the country – is forcing us to fundamentally reconsider our growth strategy”. This was the opening line of Per Koch, senior advisor… → Read More

How the Commission’s €315bn investment can be used for public good

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Date: December 18 2014

Posted by: Ashley Elizabeth Ball

Last month saw the unveiling of the European Commission’s (EC) new €315bn investment package that aims to kickstart growth, combat unemployment and address the lack of investment in infrastructure across Europe. The package will be implemented in the form of a new fund, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), capitalised with €21bn from the… → Read More

The role of social investment in the new EC strategy

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Date: December 04 2014

Posted by: Filippo Addarii

Post by Fiorenza Lipparini On the 26th of November, the President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker, together with Vice-president Jirky Katainen and the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Werner Hoyer presented a new Investment Plan for Europe. A European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), to be launched by June 2015, will mobilise at least… → Read More

Communicating change to frontline staff

Date: | Posted by: Johanna Ejbye, Sophie Hostick-Boakye

Date: December 03 2014

Posted by: Johanna Ejbye, Sophie Hostick-Boakye

Improving service delivery is important. We believe that whenever possible, it should be co-designed with practitioners and users – just as the model for integrated care in Islington is being. To realise the full potential of improvements to services, it is crucial that people delivering and using it understand and feel comfortable with the changes. That’s why The Young… → Read More

Finding a viable alternative to payday loans

Date: | Posted by: Victoria Boelman

Date: November 17 2014

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

For a large swathe of the Welsh population on low incomes, the economic recovery could be marred by an historic overhang of debt. Overall UK consumer debt trebled in value from 1993 to 2013 reaching £158 billion. This has left many in poverty facing high debt repayments and uncertainty as interest rates are set to start… → Read More

Focusing on what works, not just what is new

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Date: November 12 2014

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

This blog is the first of a series that looks at five features the programme has identified that support organisations to replicate effectively and build an evidence-base for their work. Each of these features is explored in the Realising Ambition mid-programme report. Here Tim Hobbs and Cassandra Ohlson from the Social Research Unit explore the… → Read More

Frances Beecher, on the need for collaboration in Wales

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Date: October 15 2014

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

On Friday 24th October the Young Foundation is launching a collaboration with Llamau in Wales to begin a a new movement. Ahead of the event, Frances Beecher, CEO of Llamau shares her thoughts on the challenges ahead and the need for greater collaboration. It’s very hard to believe that we are out of the recession and everything… → Read More

Innovation in Education – Our Young Academy Demo Day

Date: | Posted by: Seva Phillips

Date: September 24 2014

Posted by: Seva Phillips

At The Young Foundation, we believe that tackling disadvantage in the education system is key to addressing inequality. Our contribution in this area is the Young Academy – a programme for social ventures that work to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged young people. The Young Academy supports ventures in developing their ideas and business models and… → Read More

Five top tips for increasing social ventures’ impact

Date: | Posted by: Stuart Thomason

Date: September 10 2014

Posted by: Stuart Thomason

Our Accelerator programme supports ventures doing social good, and still delivers better commercial results than most conventional business incubators. Since the program, our 2012 intake had an average of 343% growth, over £75,000 worth of additional investment per venture, and the course delivered a 90% business survival rate. Stuart Thomason outlines five key ways we’re achieving these results. Firstly,… → Read More