“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes” – Mark Twain. This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Calouste Gulbenkian and I attended a small gathering at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for the launch of ‘Mr Five Per Cent’ a brilliant biography on the man himself by Jonathan Conlin. The event was... Find out 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
Our latest guest blogger Richard Derecki reflects on what an increasingly ‘cashless society’ means for those who rely on our generosity, and in-turn, what that means for our communities and how we interact. _______________________________________________________________________ Bundling my way down the Tube station stairs to squeeze myself onto an east bound District line train, I suddenly heard... Find out more
It’s been 20 months since The Young Foundation finalised its proposal for Reimagining Rent, which for many of us feels like yesterday. But did you know that twenty months is also the average length of a tenancy in the UK’s Private Rented Sector (PRS). When compared to an average of 11 years in Germany, this... Find out more
Monica Nagore (The Young Foundation), Sophie Buchel (DRIFT) and Marie Nicole Soreville (DTI) On the 12th of November, the SIC partners – The Young Foundation, Social Innovation Lab and the Danish Technological Institute facilitated a breakout session during the SIC final event held in Seville. The aim of the session was to showcase and reflect... Find out more
One year on from starting Reimagining Rent, we caught up with Maria Morgan from Kineara to find out about their progress since leaving our first cohort of participants, and how the programme has helped them develop their Rent Support Programme (RSP+), a new and upcoming venture aiming to reduce evictions for vulnerable tenants in the... Find out more
‘Are you from the income tax?’ asked a young Bangladeshi man, with his tongue only partly placed against his cheek, as I paused for a moment outside one of Brick Lane’s curry houses a few weeks ago. No, I laughed. Nevertheless, this encounter did make me reflect on why I might be perceived as some... Find out more
On Monday 12th November, our Programme Manager for Communities, Isabel Young, attended the ‘Poverty in a Marmot City’ summit in Coventry. Here, she reflects on the key findings from the conference, and how Coventry, as an example of a Marmot city, can inspire us all. Working on the Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change project... Find out more
To coincide with the University of Nottingham’s debate about the state of meritocracy in contemporary Britain (24 October 2018), CEO Helen Goulden share her thoughts and asks what has merit?Find out more
While industries like pharmaceuticals and automotive are good at getting decision-makers’ attention, the social innovation community – a broad movement of people and organisations innovating for public benefit – often has less influence. We want this to change. Over the past year, we have asked people working in social innovation all over Europe about how... Find out more
In moving toward the meritocratic ideal, we have imagined that we have retired the old encrustations of inherited hierarchies. As the sociologist Michael Young knew, that’s not the real story.
- writes Kwame Anthony Appiah in 'The Red Baron' for The New York Review of Books.Find out more