13 Nov 2014
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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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.
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.
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.