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What is the Home Renaissance Foundation?
The Home Renaissance Foundation is a London-based think-tank. It promotes greater recognition and understanding of the work that goes into creating successful and harmonious home environments.

When was the HRF created?
The Home Renaissance Foundation gained charitable status in 2007 and became a think tank in 2011. The organisation was originally set up by a group of people who - through their work as sociologists, journalists, doctors, economists and philosophers - recognised the urgent need for research in this area. They agreed to attempt to bring a new perspective to a very old subject.

Where does HRF operate?
The Home Renaissance Foundation is an international organisation, with international projects, international research on the study of the home, and international partners.
The headquarters of the organisation are in London but the HRF also has delegates in countries including the United States, Argentina, Italy and Spain.

What are the main goals of the HRF?
The Home Renaissance Foundation's purpose is restore the status of the home in a world where work is increasingly all-conquering.
The research we commission and publish examines how a healthy and well-run home nurtures families, of all generations, and helps provide social cohesion for society at large.
The HRF looks at running the home through a different prism; where science, art, psychology, culture, skills and an aptitude for management, all play a part.

How does the HRF seek to achieve its aims?
  • Research: The HRF encourages inter-disciplinary research by credible academics. The HRF organises conferences, symposiums, Experts' Meetings and ad hoc groups to promote home-related research.
  • Education: The HRF acknowledges that ideas about running a home must not remain forever abstract. They need a practical expression. We promote the "SMART Home Management" courses to help professionalise the running of a household.
  • Campaigning: Good ideas need sharing. The HRF has a media strategy that ranges from big TV productions, like the 'Homemakers Project', to its popular 'Be Home' blog. The HRF has a list of well-known patrons and expert collaborators available for interviews and articles.
What examples would the HRF cite to exemplify its work?
Take a subject like family dining.
We have commissioned and published research investigating why we believe family dining is a social good in need of support.
Our approach has been, first, to assemble data from several countries, allowing us to know for sure that the decline in family dining is demonstrable through social science.
Second, we ask why this is happening. Is it simply work pressure, or might it include drivers like shrinking new-build homes or the decline of home economics taught in school?
Third, perhaps through seminars or experts' groups, we discuss what social science can tell us about the hidden gains of family dining. These include things like reduced obesity, fewer risky behaviours among teenage children, and improved social capital.
And then we seek to share our analysis through the media. For instance, one HRF patron - the Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan - has written extensively on this subject on our behalf.
Finally, we aim to take some small, practical steps to set things straight. Our 'SMART Home Management' courses seek to give people the vocational skills they need to restore family dining to a home.

How does the HRF fit into the 'culture wars'?
We are an independent think-tank. Our patrons and contributors hail from across the political spectrum.
Some HRF research points critically to the workings of the free-market, for instance, in relation to the costs of owning and running a home. This might be seen as leftist.
But the HRF also argues for the right of an individual to choose to run a home as a valid professional path, a perspective which might be seen as rightist. Some of our founding members hold strong Christian convictions, but many of our colleagues do not. We are united in our belief that the work of the home has been taken for granted for too long.


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