Who we are

The New Ism is the brainchild of Mel Young, a leading and passionate social entrepreneur who has spent his career fighting homelessness and exclusion. Among many other achievements, he launched The Big Issue in Scotland and founded the phenomenally successful Homeless World Cup, which uses football to help homeless people transform their own lives. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum and at TedX events, and now wants to use his experience, expertise and network to have an even greater impact.

Supporting Mel is Alex Matthews, a writer and former advertising professional who, like an increasing number of her peers, left her career to find more fulfilling and meaningful work. A passionate believer that social enterprise is the best way to create a society that works for all, she represents a generation which has not only recognised the potential of social innovation, but which will be responsible for implementing change.

Together, Mel and Alex will ask, challenge and probe to discover how exactly we can forge an economy that is fair, inclusive and leaves nobody behind.