Robert Ashton

Robert Ashton

Consultant and social entrepreneur

Robert Ashton is a social entrepreneur, campaigner and author.

Robert is a vice patron of Norfolk Community Foundation and chairs Human Library UK CIC.

 

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Grant trail

Government must be prepared to take risks with public funding to solve some of the most intractable social problems, says Robert Ashton.

Is altruism dead?

We don't have to be Christian to do good things, Mr Cameron. By Robert Ashton.

Mind the growing gap

A weekend in Essex prompts Robert Ashton to conclude that charities should look for new ways to pursue their mission.


How civil society can see some green shoots too

We've entered 2014 with signs of UK economic growth, but Robert Ashton says the civil society sector is still in the doldrums. He looks at how it can prosper too.

As Tories gleefully dismantle the state and public services withdraw, what's left to fill the gap? Those well-off, well-meaning people who have the spare time and energy to run a social enterprise, a school, a library and their nearest roundabout do not live in the areas that are most in need of intervention and services.

» Sweeping change: riots and the Big Society

Too many partners spoil the project

Partnerships should be intimate, says Robert Ashton, or you risk losing control and credibility.

The charity sector does not give up on people

An encounter with a burglar causes Robert Ashton to reflect on a group of people who risk being forgotten by society.

 

Is there a Luddite in your CVS?

Robert Ashton is aghast at the recent behaviour of a mentee’s local CVS.




Do you earn a living wage?

As his new social enterprise enters new territory, Robert Ashton ponders the issue of how much to pay himself.


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