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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

Introducing the Social Business Model Canvas

Date: April 19 2013

Posted by: Stuart Thomason

Early stage ventures can often find themselves floundering when it comes to articulating their business proposition. Social ventures frequently have even greater difficulty as they struggle to communicate both a solid business idea and a social value proposition. In 2009 I was lucky enough to be introduced to the business model canvas via a connection... Find out more

Getting to the root of the problem

Date: April 18 2013

Posted by: Tricia Hackett

This week, the new and independent Early Intervention Foundation was formally launched by the Prime Minister with cross-party support from Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. This is the latest initiative in the rapidly expanding field of early intervention approaches and programmes for children and young people. As funding becomes increasingly scarce across all sectors, the... Find out more

Are you ready to be Better By Design?

Date: April 09 2013

Posted by: Tricia Hackett

The Young Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Big Lottery Fund and Taylor Haig to help third sector organisations to rethink and redesign their services, putting the user at the centre and improving outcomes. As such, we wanted to share the announcement from Big Lottery Fund to spread the... Find out more

Top Tips for Social Entrepreneurs: Pitch Perfect

Date: April 08 2013

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It is surprising how many times social entrepreneurs fail to follow the simple steps to a successful and powerful pitch. I am often left scratching my head and wondering why. When you pitch, social investors want solutions, not problems. If they wanted an education on the issue, they could read a report or join a... Find out more

My Journey as a Social Entrepreneur: Radhika Bynon

Date: April 05 2013

Posted by: Radhika Bynon

This is part of a new series of blogs commissioned by The Young Foundation Ventures Network. In this series, we will explore the journeys of a different social entrepreneur each month- what inspires them, how they got their start, and what they’ve learned along the way. Our first social entrepreneur is Radhika Bynon, Director of... Find out more

Entrepreneurship versus Enterprise

Date: April 04 2013

Posted by: Mike Zatyka

Before our partner schools begin our lesson-time entrepreneurship projects or challenge days, we are often asked to do a launch assembly to excite and motivate the students taking part. This is the part of my job I particularly enjoy – my 10 minutes in the spotlight, where I introduce students to the world of entrepreneurship.... Find out more

If The Shoe Fits: Social Ventures and Marketing Strategy

Date: April 04 2013

Posted by: David Floyd

One of the key differences between a social venture and a traditional charity is that by definition, a social venture takes a commercial approach to solving a social problem. It sells a product or service to customers, putting the profits back towards addressing whatever issue it has chosen to pursue. At the same time, it’s... Find out more

Playing Chicken: Head to Head with Greg Galluzzo

Date: March 21 2013

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

In late February I attended a week long training session in leadership and community organising as part of our Building Local Activism work. Organised by Thrive Teesside, Church Action on Poverty and Wales TCC, I went to Manchester expecting a fairly interesting and standard week of training. But this was no standard week of training.... Find out more