Robert Ashton is first in Goldsmiths’ Autumn 2016 SE Guest Lecture Series

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Autumn 2016


The first of this year’s lectures is on

Tuesday 27th September 5-7pm

Robert Ashton

Becoming the change you want to see

Robert failed his 11+ exam in 1966 and only decades later realised his problem was that he was rather bright, not stupid as he’d been told at school. He’s now a member of Mensa, the High IQ Society.

He left a corporate sales and marketing career in 1990 to find his own way in the world. Since then he’s started and sold businesses, written 19 books and sparked the formation of what is now the UK’s top performing Community Foundation. He’s helped countless social enterprises get off the ground, often asking difficult questions of politicians to win the support needed to enable positive social change. He’s led a successful asset transfer, created an urban community land trust. In 2013, founded Swarm Apprenticeships, a social enterprise that uses enterprise qualifications to empower bright young people who fall through the education net as he did 50 years ago.

Robert will tell his story and explain why he thinks now is the perfect time to start a social enterprise.


Admission is Free

Open To All within and beyond Goldsmiths (No need to book)


Room PSH 326, Professor Stuart Hall Building

(Opposite ICCE Office)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW

For directions, see

Further enquiries to ICCE Department,

or to Dr Richard Hull


One thought on “Robert Ashton is first in Goldsmiths’ Autumn 2016 SE Guest Lecture Series

  1. Pingback: Unable to see the wood for the trees: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You | SSE

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