By the turn of the 21st century Richard Morris had helped launch a series of successful innovative technological projects – both in impact and financially – involving electronics, data and broadband in the US as well as the UK. One company, launched in the US in 1997, was valued at over $2.3 billion in 1999…. → Read More
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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
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
Social entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes as the previous six profiles in this series vividly demonstrate. This month’s profile looks at a couple seeking to change the school curriculum. Initially they wanted to add a fourth ‘R’ to the traditional three. They have even considered making it the first R – the pursuit… → Read More
The inspiration for the charity which Neil Mapes launched with his wife, Lucy Harding, in 2009 goes back a long way. In his childhood he saw the devastating effects that dementia can inflict on people because three of his four grandparents suffered from it – as did one of Lucy’s. It was this experience of… → Read More
Andrea Cooper was tailor-made for the job she took up at the beginning of this year: Chief Executive of UpRising, a YF’s leadership programme designed to open up pathways to power of marginalised 19 to 25-year-olds. Launched in 2008 the project was already operating in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bedford. Some 450 recruits have already… → Read More
Unlike the four previous features in this series, this fifth profile does not follow the familiar journey of its predecessors: engagement in social enterprise at an early age. And unlike Kevin Davis, Mark Williamson is not juggling multiple balls in the air. His focus is on just the one enterprise, but by far the most… → Read More
Kevin Davis, regarded by several well-informed observers as the top social entrepreneur in the Black Country, approaches new projects with the same calmness as an expert circus juggler: the more balls in the air the better. This summer he has seen one dream made a reality, a £3 million purpose built youth centre in Walsall… → Read More
For struggling social entrepreneurs, the smooth passage so far of vInspired’s ‘Task Squad’ must be galling. But let them take heart. Good ideas, even in this age of austerity and public expenditure cuts, can achieve traction. Like many successful programmes, the idea was simple and could not be more appropriate for the times. Task Squad’s… → Read More
From Sub-Saharan Africa to the streets of Southall: Young Foundation Trustee and journalist Malcolm Dean shares the entrepreneurial journey of Jack Graham, founder of Year Here. The will to help others was there from the start. Like many thousands of others, Jack Graham spent his gap year overseas. He worked in a rural school in… → Read More