There is no doubt that drink and damage go hand in hand. #braindamage ...more
There’s no such thing as starting too early when it comes to forming healthy habits, according to the Healthy Beginnings for Preschoolers 2-5 team. They provide resources, training, and guidance to early learning practitioners that help ensure preschoolers are learning healthy eating habits and keeping active from an early age in in British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Quebec.
As some will know, I'm involved in supporting the start up and growth of co-operative enterprises of all types through various programmes, contracts, invitations, (and 'personal accidents'...). And having done do professionally for nearly 20 years at local to international levels, I'm of the view that often, the support offered to co-ops doesn't emphasise enough the importance of “co-op working” skills. On the face of it, co-ops are much like any other business – they buy and sell stuff, keep accounts, pay taxes, employ people, and so on. But at their core is a set of values and principles which set them apart from all other types of organisations. And it’s how the Members and workers in co-ops understand and apply these values and principles in their work and relationships with others that usually determines whether the enterprise will succeed or fail. Now I know of fellow co-op ...more
“We don’t need public services and welfare spending primarily because commercial markets are a bad way of meeting social need but because they’re a bad way of determining what ‘social need’ means… ” – the latest in my series of Pioneers Post blogs on public service reform and social innovation.
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So, it’s the silly season and you can expect fluffy stories, one of which appeared in the Sunday Telegraph this weekend. I had bought a copy after early morning Communion and it had me chortling on my croissant. Apparently charities are being taken over by former advisors to Gordon Brown. A lurid headline “former brown aides fighting coalition as charity chiefs" failed to provide any evidence to back this up.
It would appear that on the ST logic you are unable to perform a professional job for a charity if you previously worked for a labour politician. So they castigate Justin Forsyth who is doing a tremendous job at Save the Children in incredibly taxing times simply for his former role with our last Prime Minister. No evidence is provided that somehow their work has been subverted by improper political influence.
The reality is that many former advisors to Blair and Brown are in jobs across the public, private and third sectors. That is because they are talented ...more
In 2008 I was volunteering in Ethiopia. I had stepped out of my 20-year corporate life and wanted a different rhythm. In Addis Ababa and the green hills behind it, I felt at home. The air was fresh, people were welcoming and the work was rewarding. I was at home in my tiny kitchen in Addis, reading the Lonely Planet Ethiopia travel guide, when I discovered this:
“….female genital mutilation brings enormous physical pain and suffering. As one doctor put it, ‘These women are holding back a scream so strong, it would shake the earth.’”
I learned that 75% of women in Ethiopia have been cut. Most are under five when it happens. Each year three million girls are at risk of being cut in Africa alone. I could not begin to grasp the scale of the issue – nor the taboo that surrounded it.
I started talking ...more
Innovation is a long game. What starts as a bold idea with the promise of tremendous social gains can take years to transform the status quo and achieve a big impact. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has supported over 500 innovations in our four short years of operation. We have come to appreciate the power of early results that can indicate if and when a big impact is on the horizon.
Grand Challenges Canada funds the full scope of innovations – scientific, technological, social and business – that are needed to address the enormous health challenges that burden low- and middle-income countries.
We support portfolios of bold ideas that promise to have big impact in three areas: improving maternal and newborn survival around the time of birth (Saving Lives at Birth), increasing ...more
Do Unto Others is from ancient times. Hearing different versions from philosophers and religious leaders make us realize the commonality of Truth. What a wonderful way to tie the world together!
“May I do unto others as I would that they should do unto me.”
Plato, 5th century B.C.
“Do not do unto others all that which is not well for oneself.”
Zoroaster, 6th century B.C.
“Hurt not others with that which pains thyself.”
Buddha, 6th century B.C.
“Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you.”
Confucius, 6th century B.C.
“Do not unto others what thou wouldst not they should do unto thee.”
Rabbi Hillel, 1st century B.C.
“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
Jesus, 1st century A.D.
“None of you truly have the faith if you do not desire for your brother that which ...more