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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

Current UK Initiatives to Put Young People to Work

Date: | Posted by: Jon Huggett

Date: June 28 2013

Posted by: Jon Huggett

The challenge in the UK Five years of recession in Britain have driven up youth unemployment (British Youth Council, 2012). Employers seem to be “hoarding” older employees (The Economist, 2013). Some estimate that up to a million young people in Britain are now not in education, employment or training (NEET) (Confederation of British Industry, 2011),… → Read More

Unlikely Takeover: A Third Way to Scale Social Enterprise

Date: | Posted by: Jon Huggett

Date: May 17 2013

Posted by: Jon Huggett

When we try to scale social enterprise, we usually try one of two paths: growing small organizations or spreading ideas across a range of organizations to scale impact. One path less traveled is to leapfrog through converting a large business into a nonprofit social enterprise, which can more easily and effectively thrive and grow at… → 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