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
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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
How satisfied are you with your life? It’s a question we’ve probably all pondered at times. But for the last two years it’s also been one of a handful of new “subjective wellbeing” questions which the Office for National Statistics has been asking people all over the UK. You may be surprised to learn that... Find out more
Since the 2012 Olympics in London one year ago, British sporting dominance has miraculously continued. We have also had much talk of the Olympic legacy. Apart from our continued sporting prowess, has anything changed? It’s not altogether clear what we thought was going to happen. There’s been lots of talk of a more confident and... Find out more
Last week a supermarket cashier refused to serve a customer who was speaking on a mobile phone. This small incident caused a major public debate in the UK (the Deputy Prime Minister was asked for his verdict, as was I). But as ever, the discussion gave rise to moral panic rather than serious consideration about... Find out more
The challenge in the UK Five years of recession in Britain have driven up youth unemployment (British Youth Council, 2012). Employers seem to be “hoarding” older employees (The Economist, 2013). Some estimate that up to a million young people in Britain are now not in education, employment or training (NEET) (Confederation of British Industry, 2011),... Find out more
Earlier this year, Unicef in Sweden launched a new campaign with the tagline: “Like us on Facebook and we will vaccinate zero children against Polio”. It was accompanied by a video of a young actor playing a boy whose mother is sick explaining, “I think everything will be alright. Today Unicef Sweden has 177,000 likes... Find out more
Today the latest set of statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet were released. They paint an all too familiar picture. Levels of obesity are rising, and levels of physical activity continue to decline – despite last summer’s sporting successes. The Young Foundation outlined many of these issues in our report Move It, released last... Find out more
Today David Cameron has delivered his latest speech on crime, rehabilitation and the prison system, his first since Kenneth Clarke was replaced by Chris Grayling as Justice Secretary. We have now moved from a time where prison was said to “work”, and although we are no longer instructed to “hug a hoodie” we are told... Find out more
The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, which commemorates the victims and survivors of Leningrad greeted my arrival to the Park Inn Hotel, the venue for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Annual Healthy Cities Conference. The view of the memorial lent a sense of drama and grandeur to proceedings. Inside the hotel, delegates from... Find out more