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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

A week is a start: reflections after Global Entrepreneurship Week

Date: November 21 2012

Posted by: Tom Ravenscroft

Last week was Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). With it, came a torrent of statistics: the 50% of people who would like to start a business, the 5% who actually do. The rising youth unemployment and falling hopes. And an accompanying rush of activities: Workshops, challenge days, motivational speakers and Twitter trending. For the team at Enabling... Find out more

Urgent need for innovation in placemaking

Date: October 22 2012

Posted by: Nicola Bacon

As the UK Government sets out its plans to accelerate housebuilding to meet soaring demand for homes in England, there is an urgent need to find ways of making sure that the new places that are created as a result of the current policy drive become the thriving communities of the future, rather than expensive... Find out more

Bringing Positive Psychology to the Streets of Jaffna

Date: October 10 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

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... Find out more

When is self-evidently good not good enough?

Date: October 08 2012

Posted by: Bethia McNeil

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... Find out more

The Young Foundation response to the Red Tape Challenge: Civil Society and Social Investment

Date: October 08 2012

Posted by: Gemma Rocyn Jones

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... Find out more

Let’s go fly a kite

Date: October 01 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

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... Find out more

We need to talk about incubators

Date: September 03 2012

Posted by: Anna Smee

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... Find out more

Can we make IT work in the NHS? I believe we can.

Date: August 08 2012

Posted by: Anna Smee

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.)

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