A few of us from the Young Foundation were lucky enough to spend the first week of the year in Paris taking part in the first of four EMAPS Sprints. EMAPS (Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science) is an EU funded research project which brings together data scientists, designers, social scientists, programmers and coders from... 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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In my last post, I looked at the context for social innovation in Slovakia. Now I’d like to focus on those projects and organisations that have struggled through a less than welcoming environment to become recognised for their work at national or international levels. Professional Foster Care Professional Foster Care (PFC) started as the dream... Find out more
Daniela Olejarova is an experienced social innovator from Slovakia, with a speciality in organizational and community development. She is currently in residence at The Young Foundation. We’ve asked her to share her thoughts on social innovation in Slovakia. In this first post, Daniela lays out the Slovakian context, and explores why social innovation hasn’t caught... Find out more