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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Robert Ashton

A period of recovery after an accident has jolted Robert Ashton out of his comfort zone.

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.


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

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.

 

Is there a Luddite in your CVS?

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




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16 Feb 2015

John Tate is befuddled by the vast array of choice available when making a new technology investment....

Transparency is not the same as communication

6 Feb 2015

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Civil Society's 12 Days of Christmas

22 Dec 2014

In the lead-up to the Christmas break Civil Society News brought readers different festive feature, looking...

Will changes to Charity Commission trustee guidance discourage people from becoming trustees?

25 Feb 2015

Leona Roche warns that proposed changes trustee guidance might have wider implications for the charity...

If trustees don't know their basic duties, whose fault is that?

20 Feb 2015

The Charity Commission is right that many trustees don't know their basic duties, but it needs to do more...

We must fight for the sector’s independence of voice, or risk failing those in poverty

11 Feb 2015

The final report of the Independence Panel today says that charities' independence of voice is threatened....