‘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
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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,... Find out more
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... Find out more
Want to change the world? Then what you need most isn’t facts; it’s a really great story. So I argued in a book called The Myth Gap (summary here), which came out last year in the wake of the Brexit referendum and the US election. Donald Trump and Nigel Farage had hardly triumphed thanks to... Find out more
"We network and transact now more than ever but meaningful time together is being systematically displaced by fast and shallow connections". David Robinson, writes for us on how to make meaningful relationships the ‘central operating principle’ in the run-up to the launch of our Community Wellbeing Index in partnership with the Co-op UK and his forthcoming talk on this at LSE.Find out more
James Noble, Impact Management Lead at NPC, our evidence partner on the Young Academy, describes the process of supporting early-stage ventures to measure their impact and reflects on the overall impact of the programme.Find out more
Last week we held the first of ten intensive workshops with the first seven ventures to join our Reimagining Rent innovation support programme. Sheraz Dar, CEO of CreditLadder, enterprise that launched 18 months ago to improve tenants credit scores through on time rental payments, met the cohort to tell them about his experiences of innovating... Find out more
With the recent launch of our latest social innovation support programme, Reimagining Rent, supporting innovations working to make the private rented sector work better for vulnerable people and those on low incomes, we invited Gordon Deuchars, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Age UK London, to outline some of the specific challenges facing older private renters... Find out more
Tom Ravenscroft, CEO of Enabling Enterprise, award-winning social enterprise supported by The Young Foundation, introduces his new book, The Missing Piece. This is a culmination of all he has learnt in a decade of working with young people to equip them with the skills needed to succeed in life.Find out more
Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK blogs about Humanity at Work, our latest research report, on MONDRAGON Corporation, the world’s largest industrial cooperative association.Find out more