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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

The entrepreneur’s journey – Dementia Adventure

Date: December 12 2013

Posted by: Malcolm Dean

The inspiration for the charity which Neil Mapes launched with his wife, Lucy Harding, in 2009 goes back a long way. In his childhood he saw the devastating effects that dementia can inflict on people because three of his four grandparents suffered from it – as did one of Lucy’s. It was this experience of... Find out more

Inactive youth

Date: November 19 2013

Posted by: Simon Willis

This letter was printed in The Times of London on October 30th, 2013.  ‘We have become dangerously inactive, as technology and other modern conveniences have engineered physical activity out of daily life.’ Sir, The human body was designed to move. But in a very short period of time, we have become dangerously inactive, as technology... Find out more

Time to move

Date: October 30 2013

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

Today at The Young Foundation we are quite literally jumping with excitement. Even our very own Chief Executive Simon Willis was up bright and early this morning to show off a few moves. Why? It’s all because today sees the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Commission on Physical Activity. We’ve long recognised there’s a staggering... Find out more

Light at the end of the tunnel

Date: September 13 2013

Posted by: , John Loder

Since the launch of the Coalition Government’s White Paper Equity and Excellence – Liberating the NHS, which became an Act of Parliament in March 2012, the NHS has been in an unprecedented state of flux. Yet as the dust of structural re-organisation begins to settle there would appear to be light at the end of... Find out more

Improving Wellbeing Should Be Our Global Priority

Date: September 11 2013

Posted by: Mark Williamson

People’s daily experiences and concerns differ enormously around the world. While a farmer in Angola prays for a good harvest, a manager in Greece worries about losing her job. And while a mother in Egypt comes to terms with life in a conflict zone, a doctor in Denmark struggles with work-related stress. But there is... Find out more

Good news, we’re slightly happier. But why?

Date: July 31 2013

Posted by: Mark Williamson

How satisfied are you with your life? It’s a question we’ve probably all pondered at times. But for the last two years it’s also been one of a handful of new “subjective wellbeing” questions which the Office for National Statistics has been asking people all over the UK. You may be surprised to learn that... Find out more

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Date: July 31 2013

Posted by: Peter Gerry

Since the 2012 Olympics in London one year ago, British sporting dominance has miraculously continued. We have also had much talk of the Olympic legacy. Apart from our continued sporting prowess, has anything changed? It’s not altogether clear what we thought was going to happen. There’s been lots of talk of a more confident and... Find out more

Learning the habits of cooperation

Date: July 03 2013

Posted by: Peter Gerry

The furore today around civility reminds me of my experiences recently on the Isle of Wight. There I found people got on remarkably well – indeed, I doubt anyone would have used their mobile phone at the checkout. Instead informal conversation oiled the wheels of community life. I was on the Isle of Wight to... Find out more