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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 24 June 2011 - 11:14pm

Changemakers talked with Ms. Patchareeboon Sakulpitakphon, program officer for ECPAT International, about their new campaign, “STOP Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People,” a partnership with The Body Shop. ECPAT is a global network of organizations and individuals that are working to eliminate child prostitution, child pornography, and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

Changemakers: What is the “STOP” campaign about?

 
Sakulpitakphon: “Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People” has three overall objectives: ...more

  1. Raise funds to provide immediate support to child victims of sex trafficking.
     
  2. Change the public’s perception of child trafficking.
     
  3. Influence decision makers to take action towards
Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 24 June 2011 - 9:31pm

Just come away from a wonderful talk by Mary Portas here at Co-operative Congress. She wowed everyone with passion and plain speaking – “I think and I hope that co-operatives are the future.”

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 24 June 2011 - 8:32pm

Prostitution is often characterized as the “oldest profession.” It is a story that has haunted the world for centuries: women with limited economic options sell their bodies to survive.
 
One group with a historically close relationship to prostitution has been the other oldest profession: the military. Opinions on prostitution aside, supply increases where demand increases (simple). Historically, the areas of highest demand were ports, where sailors, soldiers, and shipping workers would dock for extended periods of time. Men in transit were the consumers – women in poverty were the supply.
 
Today the entire world is in transit, especially military personnel and their contractors. From war zones to peace-keeping missions, soldiers and their support ...more

On 24 June 2011 - 5:05pm

Earlier this week I shared about philanthropy as “the love of people,” as a daily practice.  One day I had a pivotal experience that helped me be a better ‘daily philanthropist.’ Each day I make a thoughtful ‘to do’ list with which I hope to carry out my purpose. The list might range from cultivating a large corporate partnership, to an errand at the drycleaners. There was a nice sense of satisfaction in checking off these items.

During this day, I found myself particularly busy. I rushed into the drycleaners. I swooped in to pick up my clothes and leave a bundled pile of clothes to be processed. There, I had fit it in before a meeting. I had gotten one more item off my list! Accomplishment, I thought; and yet I didn’t feel it.

What I realized is that the dry cleaners wasn’t an errand. It was an opportunity to love. We aren’t programmed to just get through life and get things done. Instead, each activity, each to-do, each task, is actually an experience of loving. ...more

On 24 June 2011 - 2:57pm

Colin Crooks, CEO at Green-Works, trading for planet and peopleI know, there's a war on, services are being cut and the decline in public sector budgets has only just begun. So is there really time to talk about social impact? Well I think there has never been a better time and was chuffed to see a piece in Wednesday's Financial Times that seemed to agree with me, "Tracking social impact catches up with resource issues" by Rod Newing.

In his piece Rod mentions a study called "The Consequences of Mandatory Corporate Sustainability ...more

On 24 June 2011 - 2:15pm



I went last night to the launch of an opportunity to invest in a pioneering strawbale co-housing community in Leeds.

I’ll let LILAC tell you more themselves.  You can also find out more on their website and on this blogpost from someone else who was there last night.

LILAC Cohousing Documentary from LILAC on Vimeo.

What impressed me last night was how the people ...more

On 24 June 2011 - 2:15pm



I went last night to the launch of an opportunity to invest in a pioneering strawbale co-housing community in Leeds.

I’ll let LILAC tell you more themselves.  You can also find out more on their website and on this blogpost from someone else who was there last night.

LILAC Cohousing Documentary from LILAC on Vimeo.

What impressed me last night was how the people ...more

On 24 June 2011 - 11:56am

It’s always interesting to meet television journalists up close and personal – and that’s exactly what I did on Wednesday, when LEYF Chair of Trustees, Tim Willis and I went to an Acevo Leaders to Leaders lunch.  Robert Peston, Business Editor at BBC was the speaking guest, and I had booked the lunch some time ago, as I had got used to using the Peston daily bulletin to keep me appraised of the unfolding economic drama back in 2008, and I was keen to hear his latest economic analysis, along with his take on the way out of the mess.

Once there, it very quickly became clear how Peston lives and breathes business economics. It was like being locked in a room ...more

Posted By Ben Metz blog
On 24 June 2011 - 7:41am

Phase one of The Waterways Project, our responding to the Defra consultation “A New Era for the Waterways“, is finally complete.  It’s been a long slog.  We ran out of funding.  The consultation was delayed three months.  But we stuck in there and today we submit our response to Defra’s consultation on the future of Britain’s waterways.

By engaging communities to develop social enterprise and community assets the proposed New Waterways Charity (NWC) has the opportunity to deliver significant new public benefit whilst generating substantial new income.  Such an approach has the ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 24 June 2011 - 1:00am

Third Sector and Private Providers call for more Addictions Treatment Services to be funded by Government. ...more