10 Mar 2014
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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Robert Ashton’s area has a working group trying to create a ‘living wage city’, but its lack of understanding of the realities of running a business is making his blood boil.
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.
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.
Robert Ashton invokes Maslow's hierarchy of needs while pondering whether arts organisations should still receive public funding in the new age of austerity.
Robert Ashton is aghast at the recent behaviour of a mentee’s local CVS.