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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

How to get a move on without running a marathon

Date: April 08 2014

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Hannah, a research assistant at the Young Foundation, is about to run her first London Marathon. For the past few weeks she’s been waking up at 7am on a Saturday to the prospect of a 20-mile practice run. Quite frankly, the details I’ve heard over lunch about her punishing training schedule are enough to make... Find out more

Fan Activism

Date: February 19 2014

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Recently, J.K. Rowling broke many of her young fans’ hearts when she revealed that she didn’t believe her characters Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger to be ideally suited to one another. There were tears, and numerous outraged articles written telling the author to keep her revisionist opinions to herself – for these readers, the final book... Find out more

Talking to social entrepreneurs and commissioners about contracts

Date: December 18 2013

Posted by: Anna Davies

“Do social enterprises have the right expertise, or is it just a nice bunch of people who all wish us well?” Housing association commissioner “Commissioners can accept [social enterprises] and think they’re great but if they’re still incentivised on what is the cheapest option, how will the situation ever change?” Employment social enterprise These were... Find out more

Our low expectations compound disability

Date: December 16 2013

Posted by: Victoria Boelman


Spending time with people who have complex mental and physical health needs, I found that everyone I met had skills, aspirations and the desire to contribute to the communities in which they live.  If they can’t always achieve what they hope or contribute as they wish, then it is because society disables them, says Victoria Boelman.... Find out more

Journeying to Social Frontiers

Date: November 14 2013

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The Young Foundation research team has been preparing for almost a year for the Social Frontiers conference, which is finally taking place today and Friday. The event, held at Glasgow Caledonian University’s London campus, brings together 120 researchers from around the world, including Brazil, China, South Africa and South Korea.  From the 148 abstracts we... 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

Social Innovation in the UK: A View from the Outside

Date: October 03 2013

Posted by: Lubomir Billy

Before I left Slovakia for my internship in the UK, my family and friends were asking me what I would do there. Learning, gaining contacts and information in the field of social innovation, I replied. “Social innovation? And what is that?” Their question sums up this concept’s status in my home country. The term is... Find out more

Going it alone….and succeeding: Kosice IT Valley

Date: September 30 2013

Posted by: Lubomir Billy

On the same day as I started to write this blog, a Slovak newspaper published an article on its front page with the title: “Double salaries? Reality in Košice”. The article highlights the success of Slovakia’s new Silicon Valley-inspired cluster, known as Košice IT Valley. So far it is succeeding in creating thousands of new... Find out more

Top Five Lessons Learned: Replicating Evidence-Based Interventions

Date: September 13 2013

Posted by: Tricia Hackett

In July, Realising Ambition published a report, written by the Social Research Unit at Dartington (SRU), looking at the first year of the programme. Realising Ambition is a five year £25m investment from the Big Lottery Fund in replicating evidence-based and promising approaches to help prevent children and young people (aged 8-14) from becoming involved... Find out more