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YF’s work on the Web

The power of the Web to connect, mobilise and empower people provides individuals and communities with new tools to help shape their environments. It can strengthen civil society’s ability to stimulate social action and provides government – central and local – with valuable platforms to engage the public.

The Young Foundation has a strong track record of developing innovative web-based solutions to address some of society’s most pressing issues, and has supported several projects that use the Web to meet social needs including:

Maslaha – A web based organisation that provides accessible Islamic guidance on issues facing Muslims today, as well as essential advice to public service providers. Maslaha aims to provide a greater understanding of Islam and its practices for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Local 2.0 – A programme of work to explore how public services can empower communities through the use of hyperlocal media. The project has partnered with three local authorities – the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, and Kirklees Council – to explore how tools such as blogs, social networks and mobile phones can be used to support local action.

Digital Activism – A project to explore how web tools can be used to tackle local issues. The project partnered with six communities to develop their capability to instigate and sustain local activism to gain power and influence over the decisions that affect them.

FixMyStreet – A web based mapping tool that makes it easier for people to report problems with their physical realm to the appropriate authorities. From broken pavements and faulty streetlamps, to dumped waste or graffiti, people can easily make authorities aware of the problems and authorities can easily feedback progress on tackling them. Developed with mySociety.

First political memory – A lively online memory bank, created in partnership with Operation Black Vote, aimed at reconnecting people’s lives with politics and decision making institutions.

School of Everything – A web platform that connected people who wanted to learn with passionate teachers in their local area. The award-wining site was free to join for both people who wanted to learn and people who wanted to teach.

Enternships – An organisation that provides ambitious and dynamic students and graduates with an opportunity to learn about business and enterprise through work placements in entrepreneurial and innovative environments, from start-ups to global venture funds around the world.

Network London – As part of The Young Foundation’s London Collaborative, this online network aimed to facilitate connections and collaboration between senior people involved in delivering, planning and researching public services in London.

Social Innovation Camp – Social innovation (SI) Camp brings together ideas, people and digital tools to build web based solutions to social problems – from hacking together software to working out how ideas can be sustained.

The Social Innovation Exchange – a global community of over 400 individuals and organisations – including small NGOs and global firms, public agencies and academics – committed to promoting social innovation and growing the capacity of the field

Social Innovator – A website that guides users through hundreds of different methods used to generate and grow social innovation from across the world.

Future Communities – Brings together local areas and national stakeholders to develop fresh thinking about how new housing developments can become socially as well as economically and environmentally sustainable.

**The header image for this blog is taken from the excellent Young Foundation report, Plugged In, Untapped (2010) – download it here**

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