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Year Here is a postgraduate course for people who want to learn from, and design with, those hit hardest by inequality. A year to test and build solutions to some of society's toughest problems.

They are looking people who are driven to tackle society's toughest problems. In the first few months of the programme, they'll be placed in a frontline organisation e.g. care homes, hostels, youth services in London and challenged to lead an innovation project. Next they'll play the role of consultant on a social innovation brief set by a real client. Finally, they’ll develop a social venture idea from scratch – prototyping it in the real world and pitching it to fellow entrepreneurs.

Throughout, they'll be focused one of society's most complex issues – the housing crisis, educational inequality, community resilience, vulnerable youth, or health and wellness.

The organisers will give them a crash course in social innovation – from design thinking to social investment – through their five week-long bootcamps, run in partnership with leading innovation players and our venture lab that will take you through the building blocks of a social business. Across the whole programme, they will have regular coaching and mentoring sessions, and access to plenty of networking events.

Launched in 2013, they've seen 80,000 hours contributed in frontline services working with the most vulnerable people and 23 new social ventures. 

Year Here is a melting pot - mixing different skills such as designers and artists with economists and consultants, all working on problems that matter. Bringing together these different perspectives and approaches to solving problems is a powerful way of coming up with genuinely inventive solutions.  

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They are now looking for applicants for the 2018/19 year with at least 2 years’ professional experience who come to us with a specific skill set that they want to apply towards a social purpose. The selection criteria are:

a) Professional skillset - a solid grounding in fundamental professional skills built up over at least 2 years in work.
b) Entrepreneurial track record - you don’t have to have started a business but you’ll need to demonstrate your natural bias towards action.
c) Learning mindset - they’re looking for curiosity, open-mindedness and a sense of possibility about growth – personal, professional and societal.
d) Passion for social justice - you should be thoughtful about society’s issues, critically-minded about what works and fired up about change.
e) Insatiable hunger - you don’t let opportunities pass you by. You are serious driven and you’re hungry for growth, for learning, for impact.

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Geoff Knott, 18/04/2018

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