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On 16 September 2014 - 5:05pm

aoraki-90388_640“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” – Og Mandino

I love this quote by Og Mandino.  He uses wonderful analogies with nature, encouraging us to think big.  But what I love most is that when we think big, being the best we can be, it is so that we may help others.

Og Mandino (1923-1996) is a well-known author.  His bestselling book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, sold more than 50 million copies.  His book was translated into 25 different languages ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 15 September 2014 - 9:36pm

The Taskforce on Social Impact Investment, established by UK Prime Minister David Cameron under the UK’s presidency of the G8, and chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen, is today launching its Taskforce Report in Downing Street, London, alongside Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne.

The report, entitled Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets – Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good, calls on governments and the financial sector to take action to unleash $1 trillion of private sector impact investment to tackle social problems.

The report highlights the potential that impact investment has to help solve some of society’s most pressing issues, such as caring for children and the elderly, ...more

On 15 September 2014 - 6:24pm

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When on the improv stage, one of the most important principles is listening to and supporting your partner.  If you do this, you help create a very strong sense of team, and also further the story in a way that is interesting to the audience.  For example, if someone says, “let’s go to the store,” you can “yes and” it by saying, “wonderful, I love JZ’s store, because it has such great record memorabilia that dates back to the fifties!”  What you have done is “yes and-ed” your partner.  You have essentially built on the first concept they introduced, a store.

Contrary to good improv, one could have done a “ ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 15 September 2014 - 12:26pm

A startling intervention on the shallow approach of big companies to the charity world came as a welcome surprise this weekend. Britain’s biggest companies have a superficial relationship with charities and volunteering, the Bank of England’s new chief economist said, as reported in The Times and The Economist.

Speaking at the Pro Bono Economics lecture, at the charity he helped to found, he made a strong plea for greater interaction between the non-profit and for-profit sectors. The Times reported that:
Andy Haldane used his first speech since taking up the job to criticise companies for failing to recognise the full value of charities, which he believes contribute as much to the economy as the entire energy sector.
He singled out in ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 15 September 2014 - 9:00am

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On 12 September 2014 - 5:19pm

pencil-17808_640We can live consciously and thoughtfully about how we use paper.  When you write a note, could you also reuse it again, and use the other side?  When you receive a card, is there a portion of it that’s not written on, that could be used for a casual note to a roommate, spouse or friend?  Or perhaps you could even use it for a to-do list.  When you receive a box of a recent book or item of clothing, you can save it for holiday gifts.  Let’s think creatively about our trees…

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 12 September 2014 - 10:24am

Frankly, our sector is often pathetic when it come to leadership development. Trustees think this is all about training for staff—and often chief executives think spending money on themselves is selfish. We need to get a grip on this. I was fascinated by an article I was sent by a colleague which had an extract from an article by Ira Hirschfield of the Evelyn and Walter Haas Foundation based in San Francisco. I reproduce extracts here:
"Less than 1 percent. That’s the portion of overall foundation giving that went to leadership development between 1992 and 2011.
Foundations ask a great deal of the organizations we support—to strengthen community, meet urgent needs for services, solve complex environmental problems, influence public policy, and build and sustain movements for change. In short, we hope grantees will deliver transformational results for the people and ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 12 September 2014 - 4:10am

Women reinvest 90 percent of what they earn in their families. According to the World Bank this statistic is global, and of all the thousands of reports on women’s economic empowerment, this statistic is in my opinion the most powerful one.

Women are the ultimate economic accelerators: when they work, whole families benefit. Children are better fed, better educated and have longer life expectancies. Women also tend to maintain close relations with their extended families and build solid networks within their communities. They bond, they share, they help.

It’s not surprising then that the social enterprise model is so appealing to women. It puts people at the heart of the business plan and it attracts individuals who have identified the root causes of problems within their communities.

According to the Global ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 12 September 2014 - 3:53am

Besides a lot of creative energy, young people bring valuable skills to the table – particularly digital and social networking capabilities. This can be great boon to any growing enterprise. But only a small proportion of high school students around the world have access to entrepreneurship education, let alone education in social entrepreneurship. When young people finish school, they should be more aware of entrepreneurship as a career opportunity and they should know what steps to take if they want to start a business.

Private-public partnerships that provide for interaction between schools and the business community may be instrumental in closing the gap between a traditional academic curriculum and the skillset ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 11 September 2014 - 12:00pm

The Addictions UK website is getting a facelift ...more