Robert Ashton

Robert Ashton

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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Blackcurrants Credit: Aconcagua

Robert Ashton explains why he wants to go to Todmorden, where the community collectively grow fruit and vegetables.

Grant trail

Government must be prepared to take risks with public funding to solve some of the most intractable social problems, says Robert Ashton.

Why the Big Society message is falling on deaf ears

Robert Ashton says collective acts of small actions have the potential to change the world.

Is altruism dead?

We don't have to be Christian to do good things, Mr Cameron. By Robert Ashton.

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.

» Sweeping change: riots and the Big Society

Mind the growing gap

A weekend in Essex prompts Robert Ashton to conclude that charities should look for new ways to pursue their mission.


How civil society can see some green shoots too

We've entered 2014 with signs of UK economic growth, but Robert Ashton says the civil society sector is still in the doldrums. He looks at how it can prosper too.

Three Wise Men and their community groups

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.

Too many partners spoil the project

Partnerships should be intimate, says Robert Ashton, or you risk losing control and credibility.

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