18 Sep 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 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.
Perhaps the wider message for us all is that - if you ask for help at the 11th hour, you are already a few hours late!
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.