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On 9 June 2011 - 10:54am

Brighter Future Workshop have been shortlisted as a semi-finalist in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards for the Best Environment Project.

Recycling mobility equipment, they recently re-used 20 vanloads of fit-for-purpose mobility equipment, which would have ended up in landfill. Thanks to Brighter Future Workshop (BFW), not only has the equipment been saved from the scrap heap, it has been sold on to people in need, after being cleaned and recycled by a team of young people with various types of disabilities, including physical or learning disabilities.

Peter Cousins Chairman of BFW said:
‘If we get through to the final then the publicity generated through the television broadcast, will ensure that many more people with disabilities will learn about the re-cycled equipment available to them, at an affordable price.’

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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 9 June 2011 - 10:39am

The All Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership has just published the report of its short inquiry into progress with the government’s programme for spinning-out public services as employee-owned mutuals. You can download the report here.

According to the APG’S report the intention of this policy is not well understood within Whitehall, within public services, or amongst trades unions and needs ”explanation, exhortation and guidance from ministers” if it is to be understood and accepted.

MPs are also concerned that any mutuals that are formed should be ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 8 June 2011 - 10:26pm

Bill Drayton, CEO and Founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, took home a tremendous honor today. Drayton was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for International Cooperation, Spain’s highest honor and Nobel Prize equivalent. The announcement was made live via satellite from Oviedo, Spain.

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On 8 June 2011 - 5:00pm

Home Had Found Home

The other day we were unexpectedly given notice regarding our lease.  And my immediate thought was…

thank you

Both for the current situation we had had, and for the future one we would find.

I have hopefully learned and embraced that, with each change, we are going “from good to good.” There is no reason to doubt that the change will be good. Why do we sometimes resist it?

Here’s how I try to approach situations like this:

First, if I resist it, it usually won’t result in much. At some point, we need to come to terms with the change. So I just mentally and heartily accept it right then and there.

Second, if this change is good for someone else, and it was in this case, then we can and need to celebrate with them. The entity was becoming much more ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 8 June 2011 - 2:47pm

Jonny Cohen is a celebrated green social entrepreneur, who has been inventing, innovating, and designing gadgets for almost his entire life. Since the age of four, he has put together robots, helicopters, and other remote-controlled devices, even sewing a miniature camera into a Beanie Baby to spy on his older sister, Azza. Now 15, Cohen—a self described “friendly science nerd” and aspiring mechanical engineer from the North Side of Chicago—is using his particular set of skills and know-how to make a visible difference on the national stage.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 7 June 2011 - 8:59pm

Just as I was signing off our Panel's report on " Delivering real choice" I get sent a copy of the PM speech announcing he is accepting many of our key recommendations ( although we haven't actually given him the report yet! )His comments on the role of competition which can drive choice and better quality is spot on. As also are the comments on the need for integration of services in health and social care and on the role of Monitor.

I am unclear why he thought it was a good idea to pre announce acceptance of much of our Report, but it is welcome .

But what I can promise is that we have more radical proposals that will take this debate forward further. I trust they will all be accepted too. As you can imagine I get many press calls following this and I try to suppress irritation about it all. But then as he commissioned the report I guess it's fair game? Though that does mean there is less to announce next week.

My impression is that there is now much greater ...more

On 7 June 2011 - 5:05pm

“What I knew is that we would be able to connect to people.  The reason we were so successful is that everyone on staff was programming from our own lives.” –Oprah Winfrey, re: her TV show

The reason why Oprah was so successful is because she used her popularity to help other people.  The topics of her show were based on what we face in our normal lives.  She was sincere, and addressed these issues with honesty, care and consideration.  Thank you, Oprah, for helping so many people in their day-to-day lives.

Oprah Winfrey is an actress, producer and philanthropist.  She is best known for her TV talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which recently ended a 25-year run.  Oprah rose from an impoverished background to become one of the richest and most influential women in the world.


Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 7 June 2011 - 2:04pm

[Editor’s note: This article was written by Paula Cardenau, leader of Ashoka’s Social Business Initiative in Latin America. Paula is currently participating as an expert commentator in the Powering Economic Opportunity competition.]

Social businesses are key actors in creating decent employment. While there are many different definitions and enthusiastic debates on what a social business is or is not, the most important thing is not the definition but the common denominator, the essence that we all agree about: A social business or company applies market mechanisms — offering goods or services in exchange for payments that cover its costs — in order to benefit ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 7 June 2011 - 10:20am

The co-operative think tank in Spain, the Ekai Centre, is pointing to a new report from the Boston Consulting Group, which argues that inflation could be a better way to cut government debts than current austerity measures. The core argument is that fiscal retrenchment leaves the economy growing at a slower pace than the debts themselves, in which case the alternative ought to be fiscal stimulus and inflation, re-stoking the economy and eroding the value of the debt.

The third and more likely scenario to my mind says that we may end up with a mixture of the two – an official line of fiscal discipline, tough on inflation, but a reality, with loose monetary policy, that is the opposite.

Traditional inflation tends to be socially regressive, so are there better options? Can we see models of quantitative easing that are socially and environmentally more progressive than pumping liquidity ...more

Posted By Ben Metz blog
On 7 June 2011 - 9:09am

Gelupo, on archer street in soho, is a gem. An almost authentic italian gelateria in central london.  Some classics and some unexpected flavours.  Why drink espresso when you can eat it as ice cream?  Gelupo is also a bit of a deli and has a small but very well informed slection of cook books.  A regular pit stop just north of shaftesbury avenue.