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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 12 December 2015 - 7:14pm

“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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On 5 March 2015 - 5:05pm

automobiles-502135_640“Coming together is a beginning; keep together is progress; working together is success.”

– Henry Ford

When I read that, my heart sighs in relief. That’s just a description of healthy management or a positive marriage. And what a joy it is when we have it!    A team that works together with ease, with joy.  This certainly isn’t just about manufacturing or cars!

We all know that synergy…. it’s that feeling that people are communicating seamlessly. You might know what each other is going to say. Perhaps you instinctively know best how to split activities and responsibilities, respecting the unique talents of each ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 5 March 2015 - 9:00am

Thought: 'Before reaching for a battering ram, check if the door is locked.' ...more

On 4 March 2015 - 5:05pm

“Our doubts are traitors.”

- William Shakespeare

Don’t let doubt into for your life, for it is not a friend. He is not your companion in any way. Would you go on a special walk with Doubt in the hills? Take Doubt to lunch?   Get married to Doubt?

Then stop spending time with him  — especially in your mind.


William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 [baptized] – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist and often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 4 March 2015 - 12:31pm

ACEVO has a strong membership in charites and social enterprises in social care, health and disability, so we hold an annual national conference to debate issues of concern and hear from key people in the sector.

We had a bumper crop this year. All the main parties set out their stalls. Paul Burstow MP, Jeremy Hunt MP and Andy Burnham MP spoke, but perhaps the most interesting session was when Simon Stevens (head of NHS England) set out some of the issues he faces leading NHS England, and asked for our views.

Inevitably, since the emergence of the disgraceful new grant conditions to be imposed by DCLG to snuff out advocacy in our sector (that morning's Times) there were questions on this. Paul Burstow from the Lib Dems was quick to denounce what he called "the Pickles gag" and Jeremy Hunt, though he would not comment directly on the Pickles move, was clear about charities' ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 4 March 2015 - 10:59am

“The Church has always acknowledged, appreciated and encouraged the co-operative experience”, said Pope Francis a few days ago to seven thousand members of the Confederation of Italian Co-operatives.

Pope Francis referred to past teaching that chimed with co-ops, such as the encyclicals “Rerum Novarum”, with Leo XIII’s appeal for a society in which “All [are] owners, not all proletarians”. But he urged co-ops to look to the future: “It is a real mission that requires creative imagination to find forms, methods, attitudes and tools to combat the throwaway culture cultivated by the powers that support the economic and financial policies of the globalised world”.

He proposed five actions for co-operative action, to build an ‘economy of honesty’.

1. Co-operatives should “continue to be the motor for lifting up and developing the weakest part of our local communities and of civil society”. This involves “giving first place to the foundation of new co-operative ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 4 March 2015 - 9:00am

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On 3 March 2015 - 5:05pm

rice-field-387715_640“The grass is greenest where you water it. Successful couples have learned to resist the grass is greener myth – i.e. someone else will make me happy. They have learned to put their energy into making themselves and their marriage better.”

-Mitch Temple

Let’s be focused on how green we can make our grass!

Truly wouldn’t that be lovely?  If we all focused on what we have – the wonderful family or our friends who are like family; the job, or the opportunity to explore something new; the husband or the opportunity to date and find the right person – what a joy-filled world we would have!  And a joyful world starts ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 3 March 2015 - 3:50pm

That was the way Paul Burstow MP described the news about the DCLG grant condition to prevent the third sector's advocacy role, when he spoke at our health and social care conference today. The Times carried this story front page today.

It’s clear that the idea of banning charities from campaigning, if they get government grants, offends the principle of the independence of the sector. But it is also bad for Government in developing evidence-based policy. Bad laws are made when governments fail to take account of the evidence from the front line of public services - ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 2 March 2015 - 6:03pm

Right now, the United Nations is negotiating what might be one of the world’s most powerful policy documents. It could influence the movement of trillions of dollars, pull hundreds of millions out of poverty and hunger, reduce violence and improve education – making the world a better place. But much depends on this being done effectively.

In the year 2000, the UN established the Millennium Development Goals, which comprised 21 targets – most of them precise and achievable – in eight areas, including poverty and hunger, gender equality, education, and child and maternal health.

These goals have been hugely successful, not only in driving increased development funding but also in making the world better. For instance, the world promised to halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger between 1990 and 2015. And the ...more