Michael Young Centenary Conference

#MY100: Social Innovation: Tackling Inequality in the 21st Century

Michael Young Centenary Conference
Date: 11 November 2015
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Barbican Conference Centre, 1 Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS


2015 is the centenary year of the birth of Michael Young (1915-2002), pioneering social scientist, political activist and social innovator. To mark this anniversary, the Young Foundation is hosting a major conference bringing social innovators, practitioners and academics together to explore Michael Young’s achievements and continuing influence. The day will include both reflection on the impact of his legacy, as well as discussion on contemporary thinking and innovation in our efforts to tackle todays rising inequality. The day will bring together insights and ideas from thinkers and doers from across the social innovation and equality movements.

Join us on the 11 November to take part in this unique conversation about innovation and community. Speakers will include: Glenys Thornton (YF CEO), Mariana Mazzucato, Kate Gavron, Paul Watt, Phil Cohen, Camilla Lewis, Mike Savage, Lisa McKenzie, Matthew Hilton, Lawrence Black, Mark Goldie, Helen McCarthy, Pat Thane, Pat Colgan, Alastair Wilson and more. #MY100 is led by the Young Foundation and supported by Young Foundation partners.

This is the workshop that will present our work in City/Region transformation:

6. Building Place Based Movements of Transformation

This workshop will present the Young Foundation´s Places programs in Leeds, Northern Ireland, Wales, Sheffield and Montreal. These interventions integrate ethnographic research, co-creation, acceleration and dynamic evaluation to build city/region movements of transformation aiming to tackle the structural causes of inequality. Speakers will explain and discuss with participants the Young Foundation´s methodology, how to transition from project delivery to movement building and the specific way it has been applied in those different cities and regions.

Panel includes: Pat Colgan, Trustee of The Young Foundation (Chair), Gorka Espiau, Director of Cities at The Young Foundation, Nat Defriend, Programme Lead – Amplify Leeds at The Young Foundation, Alice Sachrajda, Senior Research Associate at The Young Foundation, Kieron Williams, Programme Lead – Amplify Northern Ireland and Wales at The Young Foundation.