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Posted By Unity Blog
On 22 June 2011 - 11:50am

Hello hi all…

This morning I went down to a local company based in Portland House to add to some artwork they have in a recreational room. The wall had already been decorated on the bottom half fairly recently by a local Princes Trust Team but the company wanted some graffiti based work on the top half to take up some of the white void. They originally stated that all they required was the name of the building (Portland House) but I took it upon myself to add a couple of extra little details to help tie together the artwork done by me and the Princes Trust team.

Below you can find images of the space before and after I applied some spraypaint to the wall…

Until next time…

Nick (Roachie)

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Posted By Addiction Focus
On 22 June 2011 - 11:43am

As an organisation, the British Association of Anger Management has counselled many people when anger has been affecting their lives. When working with individuals who have had addiction in their lives, we have found that, after the initial rehabilitation process, feelings and emotions come to the surface. If left unaddressed they have the potential to [...] ...more

On 22 June 2011 - 11:41am

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The session I led at LocalGovCamp together, with fellow Barnet resident Paul Evans (who’d pitched for a session that was closely related), explored ways to make policy and data more visual and therefore more accessible. It built on ideas that I’ve been working on with Noel Hatch and others, including Louise Kidney and Ant Clay, who I was delighted to be able to join me in the session.

For me the starting point was a simple question…

If we are asking communities to get more involved in decision making and what happens in their ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 21 June 2011 - 9:56pm

The early entry deadline for Partnering for Excellence: Innovations in Science + Technology + Engineering + Math Education is tomorrow at 5PM EDT. But that's not the only STEM-related issue to stay on top of! Now for something completely different.

Recently the CDC issued a public health checklist that succinctly describes what to do in the event of a zombie attack. Don't believe us?

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On 21 June 2011 - 7:53pm

I recently went bowling and, contrary to another popular but misguided idea, no one there was alone.” – Mark J. Penn, Microtrends

As academics go, Professor Robert Putnam is unusually well known. While Bowling Alone may not exactly have been the talk of bars and clubs across the world for the last 11 years, if you’ve either been studying a social science degree or developing a government policy related to ‘communities’ in the US or the UK, you probably will have come across either the book or the central arguments made within it.

Putnam’s specialist subject is social capital. His talk at yesterday’s Respublica event, The Community of Faith: Religion and Social Capital in the 21st Century, started with the simple definition ‘social capital is social ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 21 June 2011 - 7:01pm

[Editor's note: This article was written by Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It. It was originally featured in Newsweek.]

How we live today is clearly unsustainable. Why history ...more

On 21 June 2011 - 5:05pm

A man can be a lonely character who hides behind his strength.

- by Amnon Bar-Tur (Co-Founder & Managing Director at SafeHarbor Capital Partners LLC)

Don’t hide behind your strength. But is a tough exterior really strength?  Or simply isolating…

Better perhaps that we acknowledge humbly where we need to grow. We can then receive help to face our challenges. Strength may indeed be found in numbers, in a team, in a friend.

It’s a way to work together  –  to help one another.  Then strength is joyfully knowing you can surmount your obstacles, because you have people who will help you, and you can also help.

Join a team in order to experience the joy of life, caring about others, and being cared for.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 21 June 2011 - 3:00pm

[Editor's note: This article was written by Carol Erickson, director of development and evaluation at GoodWeave, and is republished here with permission.]

In January 2011 GoodWeave India’s inspectors discovered 60 children as young as eight working as bonded laborers in three separate Bhadohi carpet weaving sites.  All had been trafficked from the eastern states of Bihar and West Bengal, over 300 miles away. In reuniting one child with his West Bengal family, community members told GoodWeave that some 400 children from six neighboring villages were now working in the carpet belt.

“Children in modern India exist in two completely extreme realities,” said Dr. Vineeta Gupta, Program Officer, South Asia, at The Global Fund for Children (GFC), one of GoodWeave’s India ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 21 June 2011 - 10:10am

UnLtd has awarded a Level 1 Award to innovative new West Midlands-based CIC HumAnima, a social enterprise providing a professional humanistic counselling and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) service to individuals and organisations in the local area.

Kathryn Kimbley, HumAnima CIC’s Director and Counsellor, has always been passionate about animals and when deciding on a career path, was unsure how she could combine her love of animals together with her desire to help people. Animal Assisted Therapy allowed her to do both.

Kathryn has been able to make her dream a reality thanks to the generous support of ...more

On 21 June 2011 - 7:06am

I attended LocalGovCamp this weekend along with 200 other people interested in how digital innovation can be used to transform public services and local government more generally. It was the first one I’d been to and although I knew (in standard ‘unconference’ style) there was just a blank piece of paper for an agenda, I didn’t know what to expect. [As an aside…when did ‘open space’ events become ‘unconferences’ and why? Anyone know?]. I knew a few people, but there were a lot more who I felt I knew from communication we’d had on twitter – and one of the best parts of the experience was getting to put faces to a load of names and avatars. [I’m not going to name them all though, as I know I’ll miss someone out if I do!]

Nonetheless, I did feel like a bit of an outsider at the event (as I suspect did others). I don’t work in local government. I’m not a techy and don’t work in digital. So, going up to Birmingham on a rainy ...more