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On 10 May 2011 - 11:59pm

Our finalists all winners!
I have just spent a wonderful evening judging the McKinsey Students in Society (MSIS) competition where students from campuses across the UK had been narrowed down from 300 entries to 5 outstanding teams of social entrepreneurs.  They were a wonderful, inspiring lot and with fellow judges that included my friends Cliff Prior from Unltd and Tom Rippin from On Purpose we had our work cut out to decide who should win. After a really lively exchange where we all ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 10 May 2011 - 10:02pm

It's that time again — time to get the Twittersphere chirping about social change! On May 17th, from 3PM to 5PM EDT, Changemakers® will be hosting a multilingual #SocEntChat about innovative market-based solutions to create economic opportunity for disadvantaged populations. Innovators, social entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts from around the world will be jumping on Twitter to share their opinions and form new ones. Join us, whether you have a hankering to discuss the future of global job markets, or you are simply hoping to listen and learn more about the issue.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 10 May 2011 - 6:01pm


[Editor's note: This article was written by Aisha O'brien and was originally featured on]

Despite an economy in recovery, women workers in Asia still face a life of poverty and exploitation because of prejudice, according to a new reportby the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Women face discrimination when trying to get better jobs or more pay. This is due in large part to cultural norms and lack of governmental investment. Women continue to ...more

On 10 May 2011 - 5:05pm

It’s now been two years since my beloved Oma passed on…and she is still with me constantly.  It’s not easy, it never will be, but it changes. I am learning to become more natural in my connection with her, even though I can’t see her.  I can still feel her presence, I can still feel her love.

I spoke this from memory at her service, and I still love it to this day. Oma, I know you are “just around the corner.”  I love you, Oma.

Death Is Nothing At All
Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 10 May 2011 - 3:11pm

Credit Cooperatif - the French co-operative bank – has announced that it is going to levy a Tobin Tax (on currency transations) on a voluntary basis. The proceeds will be put to action to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

The bank will levy this at a rate of 0.01% of all currency transactions (spot and outright) that it is involved in trading on the interbank market. The idea of the Tobin Tax (or ‘Robin Hood’ tax) is to discourage speculation and raise funding that could of wider use. 

It is just one bank, but it is a very welcome lead.  


On 10 May 2011 - 12:06pm

Tessy Britton sparked off discussion with a thought-provoking couple of pieces on community organising and the continuum between collaboration and conflict. She came down strongly in favour of a collaborative approach, drawing on the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach. Tessy even offered a reworking of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.


A flurry of follow-up pieces ensued adding, reflecting and responding to Tessy’s blog - Julian Dobson, Thomas Neumark of the RSA (and a Camden Councillor), ...more

On 10 May 2011 - 11:16am

SSE launches its new impact evaluation report this evening (watch out for the press release and a further post here tomorrow to see and download the report). New Philanthropy Capital, who SSE commissioned to undertake the evaluation, have a blog... ...more

On 10 May 2011 - 7:56am

The debate about the NHS is frustratingly binary. Public vs Private. Managers versus Doctors. Front-line services versus bureaucracy. Planning versus chaos. Gosplan versus the Wild West Discussion on the Lansley Bill, even among the better Parliamentarians and commentators, seems to sink to this level.

Part of the problem is that the challenge of how we improve healthcare in the UK is fiendishly complex. Hardly anyone knows enough about all areas to really have a total grip on it. Furthermore, the issue of the NHS is related, as nowhere else, to larger ideas about national identity and the binding of our society.

Reforming it, therefore is a hellish task. Some basic truths about the health service cannot be escaped from. Firstly, it is, globally speaking, relatively cheap. Secondly, it is unusual in that it is provided through taxation and is free at point of use. Insurance or payment haven't, so far, entered the picture, unless you decide ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 9 May 2011 - 6:31pm

An uplifting theme of economic recovery today. I was with the Black Country Reinvestment Society this afternoon, which is a co-operative helping to give lifeline finance to small businesses in the West Midlands. They are investing £3m this year and are part of a successful Regional Growth Fund bid by another of our members, the Community Development Finance Association, which will raise this further still.

Then in Westminster for the launch of an IPPR Commission on the economy chaired by Eric Beinhocker. Eric’s comment was that the UK requires a dose of economic co-operation for its recovery that has not been seen since the 1940s.


Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 9 May 2011 - 5:56pm

Our first networking event held at Eastside Cafe in the heart of Digbeth on the 5th May (previously covered here) was a great success.

Delegates agreed that it was a relaxing, uplifting and inspiring event following the doom and gloom of recent months and allowed budding and existing entrepreneurs to celebrate their business ideas and make exciting new contacts in an informal setting.

iSE showcased its ever growing Shop for Change directory and its new social enterprise support services.

Eastside Cafe supplied the venue, the grub and the atmosphere — for which we thank them.

The next event will be in July – keep an eye out for details!

If you want to find out more ring me on 0121 771 1411.