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Posted By Social Edge
On 19 December 2014 - 11:05pm

On December 5th, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, came to an end. And what an ending it was! The goal was for social entrepreneurs to raise $3 million over a six-week campaign to unlock match and prize funding from the Skoll Foundation. By the final week of the Challenge, donations continued to pour in, and the entrepreneurs ultimately raised more than double our goal—$6 million.

Last year, we launched the Social Entrepreneurs Challenge to what we considered to be great success, exceeding even our top goal.

This year, we aimed higher. We tested and piloted new strategies and achieved more than we ever thought we would.

We’re thrilled with this success, but also excited to see that we were able to ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 19 December 2014 - 6:00pm

Healthy living is about to become easier and more fun for children across Canada. The Play Exchange’s ACTIVE AT SCHOOL Challenge has named 13 winning ideas that help students increase their levels of physical activity every day! One winner was selected from each province and territory, and each will receive $3,000 to help implement their healthy living idea in local schools.

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On 19 December 2014 - 5:05pm

global_girl_scoutingBe Prepared. That’s the motto of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

When you think about it, being prepared is not just for wilderness trips. And while being prepared often means having savings, storing water for an earthquake or natural disaster, and keeping a flashlight in your car, it also means being prepared qualitatively. It’s about being prepared to react with positive qualities, in your day to day life.

It’s all about what you hold, store and prepare within yourself.

So be prepared to be kind.

Some days you may not receive pleasant news. Will you react in anger, distrust, sadness, gloom? Or will you respond with patience, a willingness to see all sides and the realization that ...more

On 18 December 2014 - 5:05pm

FamilyWhat We Can Learn from Asia

I am one of those fortunate people who will not need to board a flight this holiday. My family is local: My parents live 45 minutes away on the Peninsula, and my sister, brother-in-law and nephews and niece live about 1 mile from my parents.

That’s truly been a joy for me, the simple presence of family.   Being able to babysit last-minute; experiencing the chaos of taking care of kids during ‘meltdown time’ at 5 pm with a 6, 4 and 1 year old when they were growing up; celebrating their progress on their soccer field; scootering with them to ice cream on a warm summer night, after dinner.

Why do we allow ourselves to live apart? Why is it so ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 December 2014 - 3:14pm

For the last two years, Verité has been meeting with migrant workers in the electronics sector in Malaysia to understand their experiences. Our findings shocked us – one in three of the hundreds of thousands of migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing is in a condition of forced labor.

These Burmese, Nepalis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos work in modern factories. But because they are foreigners they are often employed by third-party labor agents rather than the factories themselves.

They face persecution from anti-immigrant militias, and often have no recourse to the legal protections that domestic workers enjoy. These conditions compound their vulnerability – many have already taken out large loans at ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 18 December 2014 - 2:38pm

It is not just Father Christmas.

Finland’s Professor Salme Näsi is a fellow Board member of Co-operatives Europe. She welcomed me on my first visit to the country, earlier this month, and as she says of her countrymen, “we are the most co-operative nation on earth.”

Whether Santa has opened up ownership of the gift business to the elves or not , I can’t report. But I have written a feature for the Guardian on Finland’s co-operative success story, and a little of what we might learn.

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 18 December 2014 - 9:00am

Charity is for every season of the year ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 December 2014 - 3:34am

U Htun Wai was skeptical when a group of agronomists and farmers visited his village in Myanmar’s Irrawady Delta region and offered to help double his yearly income. Rising sea levels render his land infertile for half of the year, so while other farmers in the region could harvest two crops of rice each year, U Htun Wai and his family had to make do with the income from only one rice harvest. In the off-season when they couldn’t farm, his family earned at most one to three dollars per day and was forced to purchase food on a day-to-day basis.

U Htun Wai is one of thousands of farmers in Myanmar whose future holds as much uncertainty as it does promise. On the one hand, the country’s political opening has brought greater economic investment and improved access to ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 December 2014 - 3:09am

Reading the title of this article, you may be skeptical. Why is business the key? What about nonprofits or even government?

Business is one of the most powerful forces on earth, having the potential to create systemic impact for everyone. While government and the nonprofit sector are necessary and an important part of creating change, they are insufficient to address today’s greatest challenges. Therefore business must step up and play a larger role. The successful company of tomorrow must create value for society, not just shareholders.

For much of the past 50 years, the dominant narrative has revolved around the old maxim: the purpose of business is to maximize shareholder value. With free markets unshackled from government interference, business will benefit society through jobs and economic growth. However, this ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 December 2014 - 2:35am

In Senegal there are numerous threats to a child’s healthy development. Lack of access to education, child trafficking, child labor, female genital cutting (FGC) and child marriage pose the most dangerous risks.

As an imam, and as a child protection specialist with Tostan—an Africa-based NGO that provides basic education in local languages to remote rural communities—I know these problems are complex. Child marriage is no exception.

When you ask people in Senegal why child marriage occurs, there are three primary answers. Firstly, they stress the importance of tradition. They explain that arranging marriages is an African tradition passed down through generations.

Secondly, and this reason is on the ...more