While interning at The Young Foundation in London, I have learnt about many inspiring ideas and projects tackling various social problems. My chats usually end with the same question for me: “And what is the situation in Slovakia like?” Although social innovation is not a well-known term in my country, I would argue that it... 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
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
Why Colombia is a country facing big challenges and offering up big solutions that rest of the world would do well to take notice of. It’s not all about Brazil – though the media might lead you to believe otherwise. Lesser known but not less exciting things are also happening in other Latin America countries,... Find out more
The streets and parks of London have been overrun during the recent heat wave. At first glance, it would appear that everyone is outside soaking up the rays and socialising. But sadly this is not the case. As many as 760 people in the UK have died as a result of the heat. We will... Find out more
It’s a biting cold November morning. A hardy group of designers, design enthusiasts and enthusiastic amateurs are hauling 6 foot wooden panels up a narrow staircase into a former bedsit in Bethnal Green. Today this group and I have swapped the usual lie-in and fry up for a day of disruptive DIY. We’ll be converting... Find out more
The RSA recently hosted an event called ‘Are diverse communities possible?’ where Zachary Neal, assistant professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University, presented the potentially paradoxical relationship between neighbourhood integration and cohesion. This issue strongly resonates with the work we have been doing at The Young Foundation on community resilience. His... Find out more
How do you get the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to live on £53 per week? How do you get the first non-white President elected to the highest office in the Western world? And how do you get 1.6 billion people to watch a lesser known K-Pop star prance about on an imaginary... Find out more
Four years ago Lola and Sarah arrived in the UK homeless and with little English. Today they are setting up their own social enterprise. Now both fluent English speakers, they provide information, advice and guidance services to people in similar circumstances to those they had to overcome just a few years ago. When asked what... Find out more
In late February I attended a week long training session in leadership and community organising as part of our Building Local Activism work. Organised by Thrive Teesside, Church Action on Poverty and Wales TCC, I went to Manchester expecting a fairly interesting and standard week of training. But this was no standard week of training.... Find out more
For the last three months The Young Foundation has been working with Mind to develop a programme targeting the mental health of older men who are out of work. Our goal was to work with them to discover the best ways to help build their resilience and reduce their risk of mental problems. As part of this... Find out more