For the last two years, Metropolitan, The Young Foundation and Olmec have been working together to grow social entrepreneurship, particularly among migrants and ethnic minority groups in London and Nottingham. We provided support to over 60 migrant social entrepreneurs through Olmec’s First Steps in Social Enterprise and The Young Foundations CLIMB (Community Level Investment for... 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
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
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
The Social Research Unit at Dartington has just written the first report of the Realising Ambition programme, a £25m investment by the Big Lottery Fund in the replication of evidence-based and promising interventions for children and young people. One of the most striking things is the dearth of home-grown evidence-based interventions designed prevent or reduce... Find out more
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) released findings yesterday highlighting that over a quarter of stop and searches had no justifiable reason for a search recorded.  Last year, The Young Foundation spent time with young people in Haringey, exploring their experiences of stop and search. Our conversations closely mirrored HMIC’s findings. Far too often... 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
Youth policy is to move to the heart of Government, but will it still be front of mind for those in education? Young people are negotiating the transition to adulthood and independence in an increasingly complex and challenging world. To be successful our young people need to be resilient and empowered: actively navigating their role... Find out more