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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 12 December 2015 - 8:14pm

“Knowledge is not only in the books — youth have many skills and talents that we should grow and expand in the real world,” he said. “People are already trying to make ends meet, so a practical education can help them survive, as well as prepare for their future.”

“Knowledge is not only in the books — youth have many skills and talents that we should grow and expand in the real world,” he said. “People are already trying to make ends meet, so a practical education can help them survive, as well as prepare for their future.”

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 1 April 2015 - 12:58pm

At the heart of trendy Clerkenwell stands the ancient gateway of the Priory of St John. It may be cool now but in Dickens day this was a den of depravity.  The Priory has gone, falling foul of Thomas Cromwell, and the lovely church bombed in the Nazi Blitz. But it is still the home of St John's Ambulance and I was there to see Sue Killen, the CEO and ACEVO member. Great to get a tour of the old parts of the Priory still standing.  The photos show the place off so well and if you fancy getting married in a rather splendid environment - it's available for hire!


Posted By Addictions UK
On 1 April 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 31 March 2015 - 7:13pm

Momentum around impact investing continues to build. There is an increase in both investment opportunities and funds committed by impact investors. Last month, BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager, announced a new business unit dedicated to impact investing.

Critical success factors

KPMG interviewed a select group of leaders in venture capital, wealth management, banking and capital markets, and other areas of traditional finance. We wanted to understand their perspectives on impact investing and opportunities for government policy to stimulate the investment of more private capital in achieving positive social outcomes. ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 31 March 2015 - 5:38pm

A new generation of tech innovators is bursting onto the scene of social entrepreneurship. Inspired by the potential of technology to improve people’s lives, this new crop of changemakers (don’t call them millennials) is creating, repurposing, and adapting tech in new ways to solve critical challenges. Many of them draw a deep sense of purpose from their communities.

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On 31 March 2015 - 5:05pm

“I have put aside the concept that people are not all in one accord. We have to learn how to reverse hatred by focusing on Love itself.”

What a beautiful quote by Bettie B. Thompson.  Read on about how to
love your way through seeming discrimination, and triumph! We can all
apply this today.

Ralph Abernathy

When I discovered that Christian Science practitioner and teacher
Bettie Thompson is a black woman who witnessed the civil rights
movement, immediately I knew I had to interview her for the Journal.
When I first called and told her I wanted to speak with her about
civil rights, she gave a vivacious, spirited ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 31 March 2015 - 3:26pm

Lucky Iron Fish is a Canadian company that has pioneered a means of reducing iron deficiency at a fraction of the cost of current interventions on the market today.

The Lucky Iron Fish (LIF) is an iron ingot shaped like a fish. Iron leaches out of the fish when it is placed in a cooking pot during food preparation.

In clinical trials, using LIF regularly was shown to increase stored and circulating iron in women, and halve the incidence of anemia. The Lucky Iron Fish was first tested in Cambodia, a country that is devastated by the effects of iron deficiency. The LIF was designed to look like a fish that is considered lucky in Cambodian culture.


On 30 March 2015 - 6:49pm

Some readers may have noticed that there hasn’t been a blog post here for a while. That’s not because there hasn’t been anything going on in UK social enterprise, it’s because I’ve been working on a project called The Alternative Commission on Social Investment. The press release below explains what it’s all about.

Our report is out now: the full version is here and there’s a shorter version here.

It would be great to hear what you think – either via email or below.

Normal blogging service will be resumed shortly.


On 30 March 2015 - 5:05pm

Blake_RedDragon “I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.”

-William Blake.

I see this quote, and I think how beautiful life is.  Sometimes you might see there is such a   CHASM  in a relationship you have with someone.

“Will I ever resolve this issue with my husband?”

“Why does my coworker rub me the wrong way?”

“If I love my grandparents, why do they sometimes annoy me?”

“Is that postoffice manager always so grumpy? Not again today!”

“How can my church meeting go awry when we are supposed to be kind?”


These kind of questions are our day to day life. And they can either be our prime focus, or, we can see them as opportunities to Love. And that Love is reflected in yourself; the other person; God; ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 30 March 2015 - 10:14am

Hurrah for charity shops!  I was in the Helen and Douglas House Hospice shop in Chipping Norton on Saturday - the top performing of the 30 plus shops the Hospice runs!  Well supplied by the "Chipping Norton set" its a rather good place to secure some up market goods at reasonable prices.  A Paul Smith suit in the window didn't fit, but a bargain at £150. Get there quick!  Of course, I'm not sure I'd actually want to know if the splendid tweed jacket I bought was from Jeremy Clarkson but perhaps it was a Cameron cast off?  They are both big supporters of the Hospice.
As indeed am I; I was persuaded by Angela, the Manager of the Chipping shop, to put up for a trustee position and I was appointed a trustee about 6 months ago.  I thought it would do me good to see governance from the other side, so to speak.  I've now been at 3 trustee meetings and found it all very revealing. There are challenges yes, but also opportunities for growth.  This was the very first children's hospice ...more