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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An encounter with a burglar causes Robert Ashton to reflect on a group of people who risk being forgotten by society.
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.
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!
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.
Robert Ashton invokes Maslow's hierarchy of needs while pondering whether arts organisations should still receive public funding in the new age of austerity.