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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

Young Academy London 2015: Open for Applications

Date: | Posted by: Seva Phillips

Date: April 08 2015

Posted by: Seva Phillips

Not a month goes by without a headline drawing our attention to consequences of a deeply unequal education system. If these stories aren’t sad enough in themselves, what’s more worrying is the risk that they just become part of the news furniture, something that we just accept as an everyday fact about our society. That’s… → Read More

The most social form of investment?


Date: March 23 2015

Posted by: Seva Phillips

We have harnessed the tools of capitalism to tackle inequality – but is it working? By Esther Foreman, Director of Movement Building, Stuart Thomason, Head of Ventures.  “Our charity system is fundamentally regressive, and works in favour of the institutions of the elite”. Ken Stern Here at the The Young Foundation, we have been working… → Read More

Social Renaissance: Launch of Turin social accelerator


Date: March 11 2015

Posted by: Seva Phillips

This is an opportunity to turn the City of Turin in a laboratory for transformation addressing economic, social and democratic challenges through a system approach. It’s for the benefit of the city, but also an inspiration for Italy and the rest of Europe. Why Turin? Because this city is the mirror of our time: its… → Read More

Norway: Welfare for Innovation

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Date: February 10 2015

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“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


Date: December 18 2014

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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

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


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


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