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'Enough confidence to have a go'
Michael Young was a man of many missions. He created initiatives and iconic institutions that gave more power to people to shape a better, fairer future for themselves and for their communities.
That work is as vital now as it has ever been.
Celebrating The Young Foundation’s 70-year legacy, we’re working with other organisations Michael founded to show why and how we are ‘Forever Young’– and what that means for the challenges facing us today, and tomorrow.
Excerpt from a 1994 interview with our founder Michael Young by Jane Gabriel, Kate Gavron and Geoff Dench.
Young’s spirit lives on
The Young Foundation Trustee, Mike Omoniyi, explains what being ‘Forever Young’ means to him.
Our Trustee Kate Hainsworth shares what the spirit of Michael Young means to her.
Discontent can be a powerful force for good, if we choose to participate in generating new solutions, says Helen Goulden.
In a world of social movements, networks and fast-paced change, Young shows us that institutions prevail as fashions and political agendas come and go. By Helen Goulden.
Young foundations: the essay collection
Sir Geoff Mulgan, former CEO of The Young Foundation, remembers Michael Young and shares qualities he possessed that seem particularly relevant to the world more than a century after his birth.
Nearly 40 years ago, Michael Young and his contemporaries sought to support peace around the world. Their vision is still core to International Alert – and our collective future, says Executive Director Nic Hailey CMG.
Alastair Wilson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, says his institution, which Young founded in 1997, still transforms lives and communities around the world.
Aspects of Michael Young’s vision, dating back to over half a century, feel urgently relevant today, says Stian Westlake, Executive Chair, ESRC.
A child of its time, the ‘university’ Michael Young co-founded to be run by older people, for older people, has now hit middle age. By Dr Liz Thackray, Chair, Third Age Trust
Young founded the Open University as a ‘National Grid of Learning’, and it continues to enable access to higher education for learners across the UK, says Professor Josie Fraser, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Established by Michael Young in 1963 as a not-for-profit distance learning provider, the National Extension College (NEC) continues to widen access to education for people of all ages.
“Michael was – he is – my Guru, with the tone and construct of my career based very much on his beliefs and motives. I often quote his aside when, on a conference platform, an angry questioner cried ‘don’t you think you’re being a bit idealistic?’. ‘I do hope so’, murmured Michael.”Eric Midwinter, associate of Michael Young and co-founder of the u3a.
A historical perspective: Michael Young’s legacy and the history of the Institute for Community Studies
Marking 70 years since the Institute for Community Studies’ inception, Holly Smith outlines it’s profound impact on the welfare state and political thinking.
This policy brief presents research findings and recommendations for how to ensure the UK’s transition to net zero leaves no one behind. It shares insights from a two-year programme of work, funded by the Nuffield Foundation..
This paper was submitted to the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum (NPF) Consultation in March 2023 on the topic of empowered communities.
This paper explores the potential to develop digital civic infrastructure to support our national growth and drive levelling up.