Helen Goulden became CEO of the Young Foundation in 2017. She talked to New Start about challenging the venture capital model of innovation and amplifying the voices of the marginalised. ——————————————— On re-reading The Rise of The Meritocracy: When the role of chief executive at The Young Foundation was advertised, my first thought was to re-read The Rise of Meritocracy, written by Michael Young in 1958. It’s a satire, plotting the transition from an aristocracy to a meritocracy – where those at the top were enabled to thrive and progress in society through a combination of IQ and effort. Young predicted this would lead to those at the top believing they deserved to be there because of the effort they had put in; resulting in a hereditary elite more harmful than the aristocracy. Namely, if social esteem and economic rewards come from putting your natural talent to hard work; then if … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff

Clare Goff is former Editor of New Start magazine