Armed with ten thousand postcards with happy smiling faces printed on them, a team of counsellors, psychosocial workers and I are hitting the streets of the Jaffna, Sri Lanka on a busy Wednesday morning. Our aim is to raise awareness about positive mental health and wellbeing. Today is World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2012, an… → Read 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
Historically, services for young people have been regarded as ‘self-evidently good.’ It is widely accepted that services can have a transformational impact on individual young people’s lives, and the youth sector can produce significant numbers of case studies and anecdotes to support this position. There is plenty of qualitative evidence that testifies to the impact… → Read More
Historically, the Young Foundation has had a pivotal role in social investment, developing the concept for social impact bonds and authoring landmark policy papers such as Growing Social Ventures and Lighting the Touchpaper. However, so far we have only been able to dip our toes into becoming a social investment intermediary, wary of landing the… → Read More
The skies above Galle Face Green, Colombo were full of handmade multi-coloured kites. Nothing unusual in this sight, as a long standing tradition and favourite pastime for families to come and spend hours flying their kites, eating ice cream, and walking along the beach at weekends. But this day is slightly different. The day is… → Read More
In February 2011 the Young Foundation Ventures team were commissioned by Nesta to conduct the first comprehensive study of the state of incubators– organisations that support the dynamic and emerging sector of social ventures. Since then this report has contributed much to the development of new social investment initiatives, such as Big Society Capital and… → Read More
Technology adoption in the NHS has been an issue that has been studied by many of the great in health – including Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Alasdair Liddell, and countless others in the years past. The challenges that IT brings is similar to other challenges that NHS organisations face: lack of resources/money, leadership, communication within the organisation, risk aversion, lack of training… and list goes on. (In fact, there is a comprehensive list on p.29 of NHS Institute for Innovation’s report from September 2009.)
Our Building Local Activism programme, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, is supporting communities to develop their capability to instigate and sustain local activism, gaining power and influence over the decisions that affect them. One aspect of Building Local Activism is scaling up models of community activism that have already proven successful, to promote them across a wider scope.
This morning the Office for National Statistics published its first findings from the national wellbeing index. The prominence of this index marks a significant shift in the value we place on, and indeed the way we measure, social progress. This is an important first attempt at moving away from understanding social progress in material terms to take a broader account of the attributes that add up to life satisfaction.
It’s two in the afternoon on Poya Day or Full Moon Day in Sri Lanka, thirty one degree heat, and I am surrounded by children’s laughter and constant chatter. We are circling the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, one of the most significant Hindu temples in the Jaffna district, studiously taking photos of the things we think… → Read More
I recently joined an audience of policymakers, academics, and practitioners for a seminar held at the Institute of Public Policy Research in London, UK. The topic was “Social psychology and policy making: past neglect, future promise,” and it led to a lively discussion about research findings on people’s behaviour toward other individuals and groups, and… → Read More