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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 6 September 2011 - 4:14pm

In 1960, architect and a preservationist James Marston Fitch declared in The New York Times: “The automobile has not merely taken over the street, it has dissolved the living tissue of the city. Its appetite for space is absolutely insatiable; moving and parked, it devours urban land, leaving buildings as mere islands of habitable space in a sea of dangerous and ugly traffic.”

Fitch’s criticism — addressed to motor-obsessed consumers almost 50 years after Henry Ford’s assembly-line manufacturing model made the automobile affordable — would have little impact today, with our undying, time-tested love for the automobile. Yet his worry applies equally to today’s hi-tech monster: the Internet, which also has origins reaching back into the 1960s.  The Web is everywhere, hugging ...more

On 6 September 2011 - 4:00pm

In ancient Chinese writing and art, bamboo, pine and plum blossoms are considered the “Three Friends of Winter.” Despite the challenging elements of nature, these trees persevere and flourish, creating beauty in the midst of winter.  Bamboo represents endurance, the pine shows its evergreen, and the plum tree blossoms, even when snow is still on the ground.  How we can be inspired to find beauty, and to flourish, amidst whatever winter we are facing!



On 6 September 2011 - 3:34pm

I just read an interesting post by A Dragon’s Best Friend on how social media makes his mind whizz and asking the question ‘when does it ever switch off’. I can empathise with a number of the issues raised in this excellent post. I started to write a comment in response…but as I typed, the comment got longer and longer, until it felt like it was really worthy of a post in it’s own right…so here is my reflections on the questions he raised:

Is social media affection our attention span? I just started reading 'The Shallows' which starts with the premise that the internet (& other tech) is changing how our brains are wired - not just how we behave but physiologically too. I’m only half way through it (as I got distracted reading ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 6 September 2011 - 11:58am

Bankers that is! It has been revealed that the bosses of the banks that we, as taxpayers, bailed out now earn more than they did before the crisis. Amazing! And what an example they set. Is there no price for failure if you are a banker? Bonuses are supposedly there to reward achievement, effort and work that increases the business. Clearly not for bankers.

Oh well, I must remember that the British Bankers Association warns us they will all throw their toys out of the pram and decamp to Liechenstien if we dare to stop their bonuses.

An interesting Monday! The top teams at ncvo and ACEVO had a get together to talk about how we work more together and we had a view around our new home. I have to hand it to Stuart. The work going on at ncvo is amazing. It will turn these offices into a really terrific location- a hub for us and other sector bodies. I hope other umbrella bodies will consider moving into the new spaces being created.

Of course we really need ...more

Posted By Ben Metz blog
On 6 September 2011 - 11:34am

On 27th August 2011 Grant Shapps, the housing minister announced that the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) will be encouraging or requesting local authorities to look at on-water housing as a medium through which they may provide affordable housing.  Importantly Grant Shapps announced that CLG’s New Homes Bonus, which match funds local authorities for six years new council tax receipts, will be applied to new on-water residential moorings created.

This is huge news, and a very big win for both the provision of affordable homes and for British Waterways‘ (BW) efforts to increase income streams, as it creates a powerful incentive for local authorities and housing associations to begin to develop significant new on-water ...more

On 6 September 2011 - 9:53am

August is over, my tomato plants look tired after a long and successful summer harvest, the kids are heading back to school, the Libyan democrats have taken control of Tripoli (that’s Libyan, not Liberal, just in case you thought you’d missed something), and the evenings have begun to get depressingly shorter. I’ve even started using my lights on my cycle home.

There are lots of things to consider in the wake of the summer‘s civil unrest and a desperate need to constructively respond to the challenges they pose and not to just simply walk on by.  How we might remedy the inequality that now exists in Britain (and shows no sign of slowing – on this we’re up there with the US as the most unequal Western countries) and create opportunities and brighter futures for our young and disaffected communities, needs to be addressed. Based on requests from our membership and a fired up staff team, this is something we’ll be trying to tackle at our youth focused policy debate at the ...more

Posted By Charity Bank Blog
On 6 September 2011 - 8:15am

At Charity Bank, one of our most important principles is that our customers know what we do with their money.  We publish details of every loan we make and encourage people to see for themselves the good that their money is doing while it earns them interest. To find out whether information sharing is becoming [...] ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 6 September 2011 - 12:00am

Successful Training Conference in West Midlands ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 6 September 2011 - 12:00am

Successful Training Conference in West Midlands ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 6 September 2011 - 12:00am

Successful Training Conference in West Midlands ...more