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On 28 July 2014 - 11:51am

You don’t need to go beyond the executive summary of Making It BigNesta‘s new report on ‘Strategies for Social Social Innovations’ to see just how confused the UK’s leading thinkers are about the subject.

In sentence two we’re told ‘Many social innovations have become part our daily lives – think pre-school education, first aid, e-petitions‘ while in sentence three we’re told that ‘In the developing world, organisations like BRAC and Pratham are approaching transformative scale, starting to solve the social problems they set out to tackle.

From this we can deduce that social innovation could be a new branch of an existing sector, an essential basic service or ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 28 July 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 25 July 2014 - 12:00am

As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. From Angola to Afghanistan, Croatia to Cambodia, I have sought grounds for peace by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards, literally turning mines to vines – transforming killing fields into fields of fresh grapes.

This month, more than 180 children have been killed as a result of war in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Next month, I will be a grandmother for the first time, and I cannot be silent about the impact of war on the next generation. It is time to firmly plant the roots of peace on earth, and take a pragmatic approach to ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 24 July 2014 - 7:30pm

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From a pool of more than 200 entries, the short-listing team at Ashoka Changemakers has selected 86 Semi-Finalists of the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge. 

Video caption: Early Entry Prize Winner and Semi-Finalist iLead+Design submitted this video illustrating its unique model for teaching students empathy skills and how to use design thinking to solve problems.

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On 24 July 2014 - 7:26pm

A friend, Keith Wommack, tells a delightful story that illustrates the point:A man was living on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning, he was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his worn-out Bible. His grandson wanted to be just like his grandfather and tried to imitate him in every single way.One day, the grandson asked, “I try to read the Bible just like you, but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?
 
”The grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, yet all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him to try again.This time the ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 24 July 2014 - 4:04pm

One of the great joys of my ACEVO role is going to our leadership lunches. Lunches (no I don't just go for the food!) where we invite key national figures to talk about their leadership role and lessons for our sector. A dilemma today though; we had 2.

One was in London with Oliver Letwin MP, who has a key role in drawing up ideas and policies for the Tory Manifesto. The other was in Birmingham with the Archbishop of that great city, Bernard Longley. I choose Birmingham, because I was keen to hear Bernard, and partly because we were friends at Oxford. 
Of course Birmingham is much on the news as a result of all the media attention to "Trojan Horse" schools and so Bernard talked about the part of the faith groups in that city and the grouping they have formed to offer support and solidarity to their colleagues of different faiths across the City. He told us of the example of a City Rabbi who took the brave step of walking to the Central Mosque in Birmingham on the ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 24 July 2014 - 9:00am

How can pain help the those with the disease of addiction ? ...more

On 23 July 2014 - 6:15pm

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with out life.”

—Steve Jobs

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Every one, every activity and task we do, should be excellent.  Don’t take an endeavor lightly: 

  • Either you are building a company or watching TV.
  • Having family dinner with your friends or eating a powerbar in the car. 
  • Writing a book or reading a gossip magazine.
  • Organizing your home or letting the compost pile up. 
  • Giving the postman a smile, or ignoring her.  

 
Everything COUNTS.  Every one of your activities can reflect excellence!

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Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco—my own “home sweet home”. He was the co-founder and CEO of ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 23 July 2014 - 4:09pm

The people of Burma have suffered greatly under the appalling rule of the military junta but there is a chink of light in the freedom of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. There is a small but very lively Anglican Church in Burma, with a strong following amongst the Karen in particular. I have visited them on a number of occasions and have known a number of the previous Archbishops. Indeed I was at the consecration of Archbishop Andrew a decade ago. 

My family provided money to buy a paddy field which provides rice for the students at St John's boarding school.  It cuts the cost of buying rice and by the looks of the photo below my mother received it looks like a good crop. 


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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 23 July 2014 - 1:24pm

 

You know that India ranks first in the world for deaths caused by traffic accidents. You know that most of the deaths are pedestrians. And you know that UL and Ashoka have come together to surface the most innovative solutions that are making roads in India safer.

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