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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

Finding a viable alternative to payday loans

Date: November 17 2014

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

 

For a large swathe of the Welsh population on low incomes, the economic recovery could be marred by an historic overhang of debt. Overall UK consumer debt trebled in value from 1993 to 2013 reaching £158 billion. This has left many in poverty facing high debt repayments and uncertainty as interest rates are set to start... Find out more

A revolutionary approach to solving urban challenges

Date: May 15 2014

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

The Young Foundation is working with  Innovate York on  GeniUS! Open  – an approach which aims to  revolutionise the way citizens and local organisations can propose ideas to solve social, economic and environmental problems in their city.   GeniUS! was developed by Science City York  and City of York Council.  It  is now being piloted  with... Find out more

Societal entrepreneurship: An agenda to reinvent Europe

Date: February 01 2014

Posted by: Filippo Addarii, Indy Johar

Climate change, credit crunch, political disenfranchisement, youth unemployment, ageing society, mass migration, even the German energiewende – the policy to phase out nuclear energy – are all manifestations of global change and show the inadequacy of our current institutions to deal with the transformation. This is our small world crisis. This is the cause of the crisis... Find out more

Something from the weekend: When my customer service stopped on Saturday, I pledged to use my buying power to drive forward value

Date: January 28 2014

Posted by: Stuart Thomason

In comparison to the problems our society faces it appears somewhat childish to be annoyed at the failure of a large multinational car hire firm (Alamo @London City Airport) to provide me with the service they had contractually agreed with me this weekend. However, something about the way the situation was handled has nudged me... Find out more

Innovation and inequality in Colombia

Date: October 31 2013

Posted by: Tricia Hackett

Earlier this month, The Young Foundation and Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) collaborated to design and run a series of workshops and a public event aimed at strengthening social innovation in Colombia. The public event, chaired by Colombian educationalist Vicky Colbert, drew over 400 people and included Geoff Mulgan (CEO of Nesta) talking about mainstreaming social... Find out more