Robert Ashton

Robert Ashton

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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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.

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!

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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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