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Posted By Social Edge
On 18 April 2014 - 7:49pm

With alarming rates of youth unemployment globally it was encouraging to see a standing-room only session during Friday’s lunchtime workshop on Solving the Global Youth Unemployment Crisis facilitated by Nik Kafka (Teach a Man to Fish.)

Looking at the situation in the UK the youth unemployment situation is a complex one. On the one hand we are facing youth unemployment levels close to 1 million, yet an increasing number of employers are complaining of an inability to fill job vacancies. The mismatch of skills and lack of preparedness for the world of work points to a failure in our education system and the need to radically rethink the way we ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 April 2014 - 7:21pm

‘Closing the gap: tackling global health challenges’ was the final session I attended for the 2014 Skoll World Forum. It showed that important discussions happen here right up  to the last moment. The session, led by Peggy Clark of the Aspen Institute, looked at why the critical issues of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health continue to be neglected, despite their importance and growing threat to populations.

Each year I am amazed by the inspirational people I meet here at the Skoll Forum. Social entrepreneurs who are taking on neglected problems or who create new solutions where old approaches have failed.  I was given hope at the session by the fact that BasicNeeds, the National Institute of Mental Health and Partners In Health are bringing these greatly neglected issues to the world’s attention.

It is ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 April 2014 - 7:08pm

Business, government, and civil society are looking at big data as the new “holy grail” to better sell products, deliver services, or engage people in solving problems. Yet, while they indeed facilitate new approaches to tackling social problems, new uses of data and communication tools raise tough questions around complex issues such as privacy, ethics, and digital exclusion.

How can we maximize the positive aspects of the data revolution for social change while managing its potential downsides?

This was the main theme of the panel, Digital Equity and Rights in the Age of Big Data at this year’s annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship—the international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to pressing social problems. Benetech CEO, Jim Fruchterman, joined Skoll Global Threats ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 April 2014 - 7:01pm

It was humbling to listen to the winners of the Skoll World Forum Awards for Social Entrepreneurs speak at the awards ceremony. Courageous people working to bring clean water and proper sewage to slums, giving people living in poverty access to banks and savings, ensuring that girls across the world receive an education with all the opportunities and knowledge that brings. The final oration by Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban two years ago for promoting the right of girls to attend school, was moving. What a leader she is and will be!

The theme for this year’s Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurs is ‘ambition’. Not personal ambition but ambition to make the world a better place. At the opening plenary, Jeff Skoll (founder of eBay and Participant Media, amongst other companies) used words like audacity and ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 April 2014 - 6:54pm

The ambitious Impact Genome Project was introduced at the Skoll World Forum by Jason Saul and Nolan Gasser – who holds the title chief musicologist emeritus at Pandora. The project essentially attempts to codify and standardize social impact programmes across 132 outcomes. As their introduction says “The Impact Genome employs a systematic process to crack the code on social impact just as the Human Genome Project enabled us to improve health outcomes and the Music Genome Project enabled Pandora to classify music so that listeners could discover new music they’d enjoy.”

Interestingly, the project allows activities to be classified not by their outputs, but by the outcomes they are designed to effect; for example improving teacher quality or increasing access to libraries. Their idea takes root from using big data to ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 April 2014 - 6:31pm

“We are all one,” a slight, sixteen-year-old with a quiet, present smile began. She is Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl whose advocacy for girl’s education in her transcendent if traditional-bound Swat Valley led the Taliban to gun her down on a school bus — and the Skoll Foundation to give her it’s third-only Global Treasure Award here at the Skoll World Forum.

Malala is not yet safe — girls in Pakistan are still not being schooled — but at least one of the sources of the vicious intolerance that almost cost her life is being undermined right here as we meet.

Three years ago when I first came here, the solar panels, LED lights and power ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 17 April 2014 - 6:49pm

The Skoll World Forum’s panel for The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor was an all-star line-up that included Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata, the First Lady of Zambia and respected doctor in obstetrics and gynecology, Neal Keny-Guyer (CEO, Mercy Corps), Andrew Youn (founder of One Acre Fund) and Steve Davis (president and CEO, PATH).

Mainly working within the field of health, the panel focused ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 17 April 2014 - 9:00am

Thought: 'If all that matters to you is being best you’ll never enjoy doing well.' ...more

On 16 April 2014 - 5:05pm

I have learned not to pray for the specific, but instead to pray for Christ example in thought, love in life, being in God. Then the “Bouleversement” can occur.
-Grey T. Full

Are you praying for something specific?   It’s not wrong, but you could be limiting yourself.   

A higher prayer is to pray for Christ’s will in your life, or for his love in your heart….

If we pray for God’s way that blesses not just you, but everyone. That’s where you can embody the French word “Bouleversement,” which means to up-end or overturn.

Pray on a higher level and transform the world!

                                                                     

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 16 April 2014 - 3:09pm

York and food banks
In York for interviews and had the chance to go to choral evensong at York Minster: an exceptional choir in a gorgeous building. We prayed for the Middlesborough Food Bank, which was opportune given today's publicity on Food Banks generally.
Religious leaders have called on the government to take action to tackle a "national crisis" of rising hunger and food poverty, as the latest figures suggest more than a million Britons have been helped by food banks in the past year. More than 40 Anglican bishops and 600 church leaders have signed a letter, calling on David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to tackle the causes of food poverty, including low wages, rising food prices and an inadequate welfare benefit safety net.
They said the period running up to Easter had been a time of "sorrowful and deep reflection" for people ...more