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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A shifting political atmosphere is putting power in the hands of the inexperienced, warns Robert Ashton.
The former PM and the banker's actions faced consequences in different generations. Robert Ashton discusses their very different responses to a problem born from a shared interest.
New policy initiatives such as the Localism Act may have more potency in the hands of a younger generation of decision-makers, argues Robert Ashton.
When it comes to experiencing and dealing with the impact of a 'financial vasectomy', SME's in the private sector will be already way ahead in the competition for funding of any ex-grant-dependent third sector organisations that opportunistically call themselves 'social enterprises'.
People not process should be in charge of making decisions, says Robert Ashton.
Words can be used to excuse the inexcusable, says Robert Ashton, as he reflects on the report into Stafford Hospital.