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We support people and organisations to take action together to create fairer communities where everyone can thrive. W ...

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#3 What lies beyond the meritocracy? By David Goodhart

The final piece in our three-part series of guest blogs exploring what lies beyond the meritocracy? David Goodhart, journalist and author: Meritocracy is the worst system in the world for distributing status, responsibility and rewards, apart from all the others, to paraphrase Churchill on democracy. If one’s main priority is the efficient running of society,… → Read More

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#2 What lies beyond the meritocracy? By Philip Collins

This is the second in our series of blogs exploring what lies beyond the meritocracy?  Philip Collins, columnist, The Times: The site of the most dramatic action of Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy is a clue to something that lies beyond the idea. The narrative concludes in a civil war when the downtrodden, who have been… → Read More

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#1 What lies beyond the meritocracy? By Yvonne Roberts

To mark the 60 years since Michael Young’s seminal work ‘The Rise of the Meritocracy’ was published, we invited some writers and commentators to answer the question: What lies beyond the meritocracy? Yvonne Roberts, journalist, The Observer: It is the 60th anniversary of The Rise of the Meritocracy 1870-2033. Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington, social… → Read More

 
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The power of telling your own story

In this guest blog, Jenny Richards, a member of the East London-based Grand Union Orchestra (GUO), talks about their approach to amplifying lesser-heard voices. 

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Young Foundation responds to MP’s £2bn affordable housing announcement

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Date: 19 September 2018

Date: 19 September 2018

Housing associations to be given £2bn in new funding to help them build low-cost homes, under plans announced by Theresa May today (19 September 2018) at the National Housing Summit. John Piper, Programme Manager – Innovation, The Young Foundation comments: “For the first time in years, we have a housing policy aimed at specifically benefitting… → Read More

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Local solutions to loneliness and social isolation

In this blog, Isabel Young, Programme Manager for Communities at The Young Foundation focuses on loneliness and social isolation as issues that can be tackled locally; tapping into the strengths, stories and motivations of people interested in developing community-led responses to foster to increasing social connections.

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Online event: European Day of Sustainable Communities

Date: 17 September 2018
Time: 11.00 - 14.00
Venue: Online event

Date: 17 September 2018

Time: 11.00 - 14.00

Venue: Online event

On Monday the 17th September at 11am BST / 12:00 CEST, join The Young Foundation, The Eden Project and ECOLISE to chat about the European Day of Sustainable Communities and the importance of sustainable and local communities taking action for a better, more sustainable world. If you want to share your own experience and work or want to learn about the European Day… → Read More

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Community Powered Change – Derry/Londonderry

Date: 19 September 2018
Time: 13.00 - 15.00
Venue: St Columb's Park House

Date: 19 September 2018

Time: 13.00 - 15.00

Venue: St Columb's Park House

Amplify NI helps people take action together to create fairer communities where everyone can thrive.  Do you want to make your community a better place to live? Are you interested in exploring new ways of working with the people who benefit from what you do? Join us for our Community-Powered Change taster session! In this informal… → Read More

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Community Powered Change – Belfast

Date: 18 September 2018
Time: 12.00 - 14.00
Venue: Ormeau Baths

Date: 18 September 2018

Time: 12.00 - 14.00

Venue: Ormeau Baths

Amplify NI helps people take action together to create fairer communities where everyone can thrive.  Do you want to make your community a better place to live? Are you interested in exploring new ways of working with the people who benefit from what you do? Join us for our Community-Powered Change taster session! We believe everyone… → Read More

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Communications Manager

The Young Foundation is looking for a self-starting Digital Communications Manager to join our team in London.