29 Oct 2013
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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Robert Ashton explains how he came to understand the potential impact of micro-finance on a recent trip to India.
A real-life experience prompts Robert Ashton to question the value and safeguards of public service providers for the vulnerable.
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.
Robert Ashton provides a motivational message to all those facing adversity in the approach to new ideas.
Robert Ashton calls for life to imitate fiction as he critiques the relationship of the film Untouchable with real-world service provision.