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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Mary Portas failed in her endeavour to regenerate the high-street, but Robert Ashton thinks he might have more success with his new idea.
Some people argue that social media is making us all less social. Reflecting on this, Robert Ashton decides that sometimes it is good to talk.
Large companies are increasingly viewing values and charity as critical to commercial success. Robert Ashton explains why he wants to give Nike a big tick, and why charities should too.
It's all nice of them to offer volunteering opportunities, but charity shops need to be honest about pushing employment out of high streets.
Some charities do not see the affluent middle class as their market, but the recent suicide of a friend has led Robert Ashton to reflect that sometimes they should.
Robert Ashton has accepted an invitation to be a patron of his local branch of Relate, and been researching what the role entails.