By Fatima Muneer — Three of the speakers who have presented at the 2012 Muscat Youth Summit represent the UK-based Young Foundation. This is a non-profit think tank that describes itself as a centre for social innovation and works in a wide range of areas, ranging from health to youth issues. Well known in the UK, it has also now branched out internationally, spreading its principles and methods to every new destination.
The first person that I meet from the trio is Louise Pulford. She is actually affiliated with the Young Foundation as she heads the Social Innovation eXchange (SIX) and coordinates international work at the Young Foundation. A petite blonde with a smiling disposition, Pulford immediately warns me when I ask her to speak as much as she wants during the interview. “You should never say that to me,” she chuckles, with a twinkle in her eye, before beginning to tell me more about her work.
SIX network is one of the things that the Young Foundation is developing and for her, it is a lot of things – the most important one being efficiency. “Everybody recognizes today that we all need to look beyond our own borders to solve our social challenges,” she says. Although, aspects like culture, social context and lots of other related things are different, she points out.
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