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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

A momentous day for a happier UK

Date: | Posted by: Mark Williamson

Date: December 02 2011

Posted by: Mark Williamson

Today should, in my humble view, go down as a momentous day in UK history. The Office for National Statistics has published the very first official results from its new programme to measure our national wellbeing. The announcement has been rather low-key and the data is only based on a very small sample (4,200 adults)… → Read More

SIX – A global game of consequences

Date: | Posted by: Louise Pulford

Date: September 01 2011

Posted by: Louise Pulford

“Consequences” is a British parlour game. The game is very simple – everyone begins with a piece of paper and a pen. On the piece of paper is the following list: man’s name, woman’s name, place name, he said to her, she said to him, the consequence was (a description of what happened after), an… → Read More

Growing Interest?

Date: | Posted by: Sophie Moullin

Date: August 09 2011

Posted by: Sophie Moullin

Government has high hopes in social finance (private finance that makes social as well as economic returns) to help preventative, innovative projects prove their potential. But will ‘Cinderella’ services go the social finance ball? Young Foundation analysis of the youth sector for the Catalyst Consortium reminds us that investment – even when it offers sub-commercial… → Read More

Is community organising just what’s needed in these tough times?

Date: | Posted by: Nicola Bacon

Date: July 04 2011

Posted by: Nicola Bacon

Community organising suddenly came into vogue last summer with the ringing endorsement of the new government, announcing their backing for a programme of 5,000 community organisers. But what is ‘community organising’? The intellectual heritage of the concept is complex – the US tradition of Saul Alinksy, more confrontational and disruptive, drawing on the power of… → Read More

Banking on the Big Society

Date: | Posted by: Jack Graham, Jon Huggett

Date: June 02 2011

Posted by: Jack Graham, Jon Huggett

This May the government endorsed a Big Society Bank to invest an unprecedented £260M in social enterprise. This looks pretty impressive against the £360M that Labour injected into social investment over 13 years. Big Society rhetoric promises better public services provided by social entrepreneurs, but the reality, sadly, seems to be privatisation to a handful… → Read More

Wanted: an opportunity to age well

Date: | Posted by: Yvonne Roberts

Date: March 29 2011

Posted by: Yvonne Roberts

A recent report by the King’s Fund suggests that there will be a social care funding gap of £1 billion by 2014 unless councils can achieve unprecedented efficiency savings. The impact of the funding gap could have a knock on effect on the NHS with cuts to frontline social care services leading to fewer people… → Read More

Aspirations from the street

Date: | Posted by: Nina Mguni

Date: March 22 2011

Posted by: Nina Mguni

On a cold winter’s day, late in the afternoon, I am trying to persuade Asad to come along to emotional resilience training, called ‘Face Up’. The training is taking place in the Wealdstone Resource Centre, a community hub hosting a youth centre, medical centre and library. The centre is a few metres from where we… → Read More