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.
Robert Ashton says collective acts of small actions have the potential to change the world.
As Tories gleefully dismantle the state and public services withdraw, what's left to fill the gap? Those well-off, well-meaning people who have the spare time and energy to run a social enterprise, a school, a library and their nearest roundabout do not live in the areas that are most in need of intervention and services.
A weekend in Essex prompts Robert Ashton to conclude that charities should look for new ways to pursue their mission.
Robert Ashton reflects on how a Labourite, a Ukipper and a Liberal Democrat put aside politics for the benefit of community groups in their area.