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 explains why he wants to go to Todmorden, where the community collectively grow fruit and vegetables.

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Robert Ashton invokes Maslow's hierarchy of needs while pondering whether arts organisations should still receive public funding in the new age of austerity.

When networking alone is not enough

Voluntary sector people need to step out of their comfort zone and learn the language of business if they are to unlock new income streams, advises Robert Ashton.

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