Robert Ashton

Robert Ashton

Consultant and social entrepreneur

Robert Ashton is a social entrepreneur, campaigner and bestselling business author. His 12th book, How to be a Social Entrepreneur,was published by Capstone in October 2010.

He works with grassroots organisations, charities, schools, social enterprises and housing organisations, helping them become more entrepreneurial, and has advised government on the subject of social enterprise.

Locally, Robert is a vice patron of Norfolk Community Foundation, an organisation he helped establish, and chairs Human Library UK CIC, a new organisation that challenges prejudice.

 

 

 

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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.

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.

 

It's all nice of them to offer volunteering opportunities, but charity shops need to be honest about pushing employment out of high streets.

» Rates of change

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.


Cows on the farm

Robert Ashton has seen the future, and it’s community-owned farms and other enterprises.



Richard Branson

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s push into credit union is so entrepreneurial, it is a move worthy of Richard Branson, says Robert Ashton.

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