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On 10 June 2011 - 5:03pm

I love these beauty tips by Audrey Hepburn because they are accessible to us all.  How could Beauty be constrained?  We don’t have to wait for it, prepare for it or create it.  So much of beauty is how we are, each moment.   I look forward to hearing about your beautiful moments today!

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.

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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 10 June 2011 - 4:55pm

17th June 2011: Birmingham’s first social enterprise Pop Up Restaurant, 6.30pm – 10.30pm

Concept Catering, the social enterprise operating within RNIB/Action for Blind People’s John Bright Street premises in Birmingham has over the years developed a great reputation for the conferencing and catering facilities it offers. Now Concept is about to try something rather different. Riding the wave of impromptu ‘pop-up’ events, shops and exhibitions, for one night only the social enterprise will be offering its ‘secret restaurant’ concept —  a 30 seated dining experience with champagne cocktails on arrival and full four-course menu.

To book call 0121 665 4250 or email info conceptconferencecentre com.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 9 June 2011 - 7:18pm

Altruism might be overrated when it comes to making a substantive difference in the world today. Advancing the social good revolution, or at least reshaping cultural constructs, isn’t at all dependent on a band of socially conscious brethren. It requires only a multi-layered incentive program to spur that change.
   
Ian Yolles knows that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make a difference—you just have to keep it rolling.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 9 June 2011 - 6:57pm

It is not just because he has a house in Charlbury or that he was a canon at my former College that I like his Grace . A charming and learned man of great distinction . A thoughtful article in the NS which deserves more measured response from usual politicians knee jerk denouncements.

He is absolutely right to draw attention to the growing insidious attempt to look at the deserving and undeserving poor. This rather nasty dogma was very prevalent in the 19th century and there are unpleasant echoes in speeches by people like cousin George Osborne when he talks of scroungers on benefit. My recent Lecture on " rediscovering charity" made similar points about this nasty language. As unemployment grows we can expect more of the attacks on scroungers, as though there are jobs for all and those on long term benefit simply living off the land.

Recently. Mind released information on how people with mental health problems are growing concerned about how new tests on ...more

On 9 June 2011 - 5:03pm

A story I heard and found inspiring:

A famine was on in the land and a beggar on a street corner reached out to Tolstoy, who was passing by. Russia’s great man stopped, searched for a coin but found none. With genuine sorrow, he said: “Don’t be angry with me, my brother. I have nothing with me.”

The beggar’s face lit up as he replied, “But you called me brother–that is a great gift.”

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On 9 June 2011 - 12:05pm

A very interesting lunch with Paul Emery from Zurich, the big insurance company who are one of ACEVO's strategic partners. We're doing some joint work giving advice on risk management for CEOs. The reality of much risk handling is that it is done appallingly. We all have those " risk registers" which we pore over at Board meetings. They lull you into a false sense of security. And worse , they often make Boards deeply risk averse.

But as Paul rightly said , the proper handling of risk is not to stop you taking advantage of new opportunities or new ventures , it is about how you handle and manage the risk involved. Too many Boards think that if something involves risk they should not do it. That is the anally retentive approach to risk management. And bluntly that probably means the business atrophies and becomes staid and potentially looses out on new opportunities. In fact the risk is that by refusing to take on innovation you go out of business.

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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 9 June 2011 - 11:56am

Environmentally aware Birmingham teenagers can now take an innovative course in green living thanks to social enterprise and training provider Enta.

The Sustainability course was developed by Enta and is thought to be a city first, reflecting the increasing importance of environmental issues in today’s society.

The BTEC Level 1 programme focuses on topics such as climate change, carbon footprints and practical information on what impact learners and their families can have on the environment.

Nicola Quigley, Enta’s Training Manager, explained: “The course was developed to engage young people in environmental issues and learners can find out more at a string of open days, held every Wednesday in June at Enta’s Mill Wharf ...more

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.

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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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