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Posted By Red Button Design
On 19 October 2011 - 3:39pm

Attention Please! This Fri/Sat/Sun the Midomo Bracelet will be on sale at the fabulous Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair!

Our bracelet is designed by the well-established Alex Monroe, and so well suited to being exhibited at one of the largest contemporary art spaces in London.

Most importantly, every piece we sell will of course fund the donation of a Midomo water-purifier to a family in sub-Saharan Africa. If you type in the unique serial number into our website, you can track your donated unit and see where it is helping.

Catch us at CANDID ARTS TRUST, 3 ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 19 October 2011 - 2:48pm

“Engineering students want to solve the world’s problems and to use engineering to do so.” In this Ashoka Changemakers interview, Lila Ibrahim, an internationally-recognized leader in the field of engineering and business, discusses how she encourages women to become technologists, and how to build successful private-sector partnerships that strengthen science, technology, education, and math (STEM) learning in schools.  Ibrahim is a partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a leading venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Before joining KPCB, Ibrahim had a diverse 18-year career with Intel Corp, where she led the startup business of Intel's Emerging Markets Product Group, as well as Intel’s Digital Village Initiative, which delivered technology projects to advance entrepreneurship, health, education, and e-governance all over the world. Ibrahim was named a ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 19 October 2011 - 1:51pm

At least, so Nick Hurd the civil society minister seems to think. Tabling amendments to the Bill — which gets its second reading today — Hurd (or rather a Cabinet Office spokesperson) has argued that deleting the reference to social enterprise enables the Bill to  focus exclusively on “pre-procurement and services”, whatever the hell that might mean.

Simon Teasdale at the Third Sector Research Centre at Birmingham University has said that “the proposed amendments move the Bill away from signposting a particular commitment to the role of voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises in the delivery of public services [...] and toward a more laissez-faire approach favoured by market liberals within the coalition government”.

At the risk of mixing metaphors, I think we can all spot a watering-down when we wade through one…

Civil Society covers this story in some detail ...more

Posted By Community Money
On 19 October 2011 - 12:43pm

We draw on our expertise in delivering money and debt advice training to financially excluded people to deliver training that helps front-line staff improve income management. We are currently delivering this training to AmicusHorizon staff across the South East.

Recent research shows that tenant arrears have risen by 9% whilst front-line services, including CAB's, are being cut due to government funding budgets, reducing the availability of free independent debt advice service. There is a strong case to be made for social landlords to increase staff knowledge on money and debt management, to help their tenants, and to increase their bottom line.

Community Money offers cost-effective resident and staff training to tackle the issues of financial capability and reduce the number and costs of rent arrears and eviction cases. ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 19 October 2011 - 11:15am

When I was a kid we were taught about the Commonwealth. I even remember several trips to the Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High St; a truly beautiful building.

I doubt the Commonwealth gets much of a look in on the national curriculum these days. And like the fate of that wonderful building there seems to be questions about the usefulness of this modern day Commonwealth of Nations.

I've arrived in Perth. ( That's Perth Australia not Scotland ! ) for CHOGM; the bi-annual gathering of the heads of the Commonwealth- 15 of them with the Queen as Head of State. I'm here as part of the Commonwealth's civil society Committee which organises a big world wide civil society gathering and people's forum. I'm speaking on UK developments in civil ...more

On 19 October 2011 - 8:50am

(courtesy of Russell Davies Photography): Ruairi Walsh, Alison Phillips, Mark Gibson, Andy Garrett, Rachael Davies and James Evans of Imagematch

A Shropshire social enterprise set up 18 months ago to help long-term unemployed people back into work has been nominated for a major regional award.

Certified with the Social Enterprise Mark, Shrewsbury based Imagematch Social Enterprise CIC is one of only three other businesses from the county which have made it to the finals of this year’s Morgan ...more

On 19 October 2011 - 8:33am

Anyone who follows me on twitter knows I am a regular migraine sufferer. I had my first episode at 17 when the sight loss and drilling pain led me to believe I was dying of a brain tumour. Thankfully I have insight into the condition now and since coming across SEL member, The London Migraine Clinic I now have an excellent regime of care.

I was chuffed when reading my Red Magazine this month to see another fan of the Migraine Centre, Ruth Tierney reporting 'I lost months of my life to Migraines' and how she finally found an effective regime at the clinic. The wonderful ...more

Posted By The New Pioneers
On 18 October 2011 - 4:46pm

Shame’ and ‘Cap Greed’ were some of the slogans on home-made signs of an angry crowd that met Richard S. Fuld Jr., the former chief executive of the bankrupted Lehman Brothers, when he in 2009 appeared before the American congress to account for the remunerations of $350 million that he had received during his time as CEO, even while he was pleading for a federal rescue of his company.

The immoral aspects of greed, selfishness and short-term profit thinking are just some of the causes that have been proposed as the root core of the current financial crisis. And with the current ‘Occupy Wall Street movement’, the civil voices of protest against bank bailouts, corporate greed, and the unchecked power of Wall Street are gaining foothold.

Meanwhile, six G20 countries have recently made their voices heard with a warning of a looming new ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 18 October 2011 - 2:53pm


Editor's note: This post was written by Kate Petty, writer and editor at Ashoka Changemakers Citizen media platforms are solving problems that mainstream media can’t. These platforms do a better job than traditional models of giving everyone a voice in and access to relevant news — by definition, they empower anyone to participate.  Yet there’s one, seemingly-intractable problem that mainstream and citizen media share: Plagiarism. And while plagiarism in mainstream outlets is usually blamed on “one bad apple,” the openness and inclusiveness of some citizen media projects has led to allegations that they’re turning a blind eye to plagiarism — or even encouraging it. 

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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 18 October 2011 - 11:55am

Third Sector Online today announces that Communitybuilders has reopened for business as a permanently endowed £27m fund dedicated to providing mixed funding (grant, loan, match) to community-led ‘anchor’ organisations with major, sustainable regeneration and growth plans. Finance packages are in the order of £250K-£750K and the search is on for the Fund’s first six “flagship regeneration projects”.

The Fund is open to: ...more

  • independent and community led organisation which