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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 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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Community Activism: Making Change Happen

Date: July 31 2012

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

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.

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In a recession, does wellbeing matter?

Date: July 24 2012

Posted by: Nina Mguni

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.

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Say Cheese Please!

Date: July 16 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

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... Find out more

Same Goals, Lost Synergies

Date: July 10 2012

Posted by: Neil Reeder

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... Find out more

From Russia with Resilience

Date: June 22 2012

Posted by: Nina Mguni

The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, which commemorates the victims and survivors of Leningrad greeted my arrival to the Park Inn Hotel, the venue for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Annual Healthy Cities Conference. The view of the memorial lent a sense of drama and grandeur to proceedings. Inside the hotel, delegates from... Find out more

Finding a home to rent in Hackney: hypothetical housing benefits turn out to be just that

Date: June 19 2012

Posted by: Sophie Hostick-Boakye

Usually we’re not encouraged to go trawling property websites during working hours, yet last Friday three Citizens Advice volunteers, one Young Foundation intern and I were doing just this and hunting for flats in Hackney. We were each in receipt of a hypothetical Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and aiming to better understand the private rental... Find out more