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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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.

It's all nice of them to offer volunteering opportunities, but charity shops need to be honest about pushing employment out of high streets.

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The charity sector does not give up on people

An encounter with a burglar causes Robert Ashton to reflect on a group of people who risk being forgotten by society.

 

Dig for victory!

Mary Portas failed in her endeavour to regenerate the high-street, but Robert Ashton thinks he might have more success with his new idea.

A penny for your thoughts on the living wage

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.

Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone

Some people argue that social media is making us all less social. Reflecting on this, Robert Ashton decides that sometimes it is good to talk.

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