Character counts in shaping lives for the better – so what can or should public services do about this? Character matters. That is the blunt message revealed by James Heckman’s work. The ability to be open to new ideas and to meeting new people, the willingness to express yourself, the degree of conscientiousness with which... Find out 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
Payment by Results is already a hot topic – discussed everywhere from broadsheets to breakfast roundtables. Funding is being cut, services are being squeezed, yet still require delivery, possibly more now than ever. With prison costing the taxpayer over £3bn a year, and the Ministry of Justice needing to find savings of £2bn by 2014,... Find out more
Do a Google search on “Tottenham” and you get 56 pages dominated by the football club interspersed with news and images from the recent riots. Hardly surprising that when we talked to Tottenham residents last autumn – in the wake of the riots – something that came up repeatedly was concern about the negative perception... Find out more
The long awaited release of the first analysis of the ONS’s wellbeing data has confirmed what we have regularly highlighted – that ‘the amount and quality of social connections with people around us are an essential part of our wellbeing. The importance of relationships for an individual’s wellbeing as well as for society more generally... Find out more
When faced with a ‘grey tsunami’ should we try to run, or get out our Malibu boards? Looking round the room on our first day of Full of Life volunteer training in Lambeth, it isn’t clear how the day will go. Everyone seems to have come from very different walks of life and I worry... Find out more
Today should, in my humble view, go down as a momentous day in UK history. The Office for National Statistics has published the very first official results from its new programme to measure our national wellbeing. The announcement has been rather low-key and the data is only based on a very small sample (4,200 adults)... Find out more
“Consequences” is a British parlour game. The game is very simple – everyone begins with a piece of paper and a pen. On the piece of paper is the following list: man’s name, woman’s name, place name, he said to her, she said to him, the consequence was (a description of what happened after), an... Find out more
In the aftermath of last night’s riots in London and other cities across the UK, people are shocked and angry. The images of burning buildings and streets in ruin are more like scenes from a disaster movie than something you’d expect to see in a prosperous country like the UK in 2011. There are far... Find out more
Government has high hopes in social finance (private finance that makes social as well as economic returns) to help preventative, innovative projects prove their potential. But will ‘Cinderella’ services go the social finance ball? Young Foundation analysis of the youth sector for the Catalyst Consortium reminds us that investment – even when it offers sub-commercial... Find out more
Community organising suddenly came into vogue last summer with the ringing endorsement of the new government, announcing their backing for a programme of 5,000 community organisers. But what is ‘community organising’? The intellectual heritage of the concept is complex – the US tradition of Saul Alinksy, more confrontational and disruptive, drawing on the power of... Find out more