“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


How to get a move on without running a marathon

April 08 2014 | Posted by: Gemma Briggs,

Hannah, a research assistant at the Young Foundation, is about to run her first London Marathon. For the past few weeks she’s been waking up at 7am on a Saturday to the prospect of a 20-mile practice run. Quite frankly, the details I’ve heard over lunch about her punishing training schedule are enough to make… Read more »

It’s time to reclaim happiness

March 20 2014 | Posted by: Mark Williamson,

In recent years I’ve asked hundreds of parents what they want above all for their children. Although their answers vary, nearly all of them say something like “I really just want them to be happy”. Happiness is the thing we want the most for the people we love the most. But the problem is that… Read more »

Journey of a Social Entrepreneur – HumanUtopia

| Posted by: Malcolm Dean ,

Social entrepreneurs follow multiple different routes to achieving their goal. This month’s profile describes how two talented entrepreneurs totally restructured and saved an important social programme that was about to be abandoned. Fourteen years ago in the run up to the Millennium Year, UK corporations were being urged by the British government to become more… Read more »

The Team of Leaders – Top innovators join Young Foundation on mission to disrupt inequality.

March 10 2014 | Posted by: Ashley Elizabeth Ball ,

  The Young Foundation, the leading centre for social innovation, is delighted to announce the appointment of eleven new senior staff to spearhead its renewed mission to understand and challenge the root causes of structural inequality. The Young Foundation’s dynamic new team includes leading thinkers and practitioners from the fields of social policy, feminism, human… Read more »

Fan Activism

February 19 2014 | Posted by: Rachel Schon,

Recently, J.K. Rowling broke many of her young fans’ hearts when she revealed that she didn’t believe her characters Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger to be ideally suited to one another. There were tears, and numerous outraged articles written telling the author to keep her revisionist opinions to herself – for these readers, the final book… Read more »

Social enterprise mistakes – Trying to do everything

February 13 2014 | Posted by: David Floyd,

Social entrepreneurs are often people with plenty of ideas and a desire to solve as many social problems as possible. Many of us, when we first start our social ventures, work on a wide range projects, products and services in the hope that one of them might take off. That’s not necessarily a bad thing… Read more »

For disruption in education? Join us!

February 05 2014 | Posted by: Ashley Elizabeth Ball ,

Today we are excited to announce our latest initiative – The Young Academy. Building upon the legacy of Michael Young, The Young Academy will support early-stage social ventures working in the field of education to realise their potential to change the status quo. Our research supports the view that our education system, in its current… Read more »

Something from the weekend: When my customer service stopped on Saturday, I pledged to use my buying power to drive forward value

January 28 2014 | Posted by: Stuart Thomason,

In comparison to the problems our society faces it appears somewhat childish to be annoyed at the failure of a large multinational car hire firm (Alamo @London City Airport) to provide me with the service they had contractually agreed with me this weekend. However, something about the way the situation was handled has nudged me… Read more »