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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 21 December 2011 - 6:18pm

Earlier this month, we announced the winners of the Making More Health competition, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim:

While we learned a great deal from (and about) these incredible innovators through the competition, we wanted to learn more. And what better way to learn, than to speak directly with the brains of the operations themselves?

Changemakers brought together the three winners of this competition on Google+ ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 21 December 2011 - 10:54am

David Cameron spoke at my old college in Oxford last Friday about the important role religion must play in national life. He was speaking at a service to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. I very much agree with his stance. Politicians should not avoid talking religion , though I would hate if we ever found ourselves landed with the hypocrisy of the American religious right that so mars politics there.

But we should celebrate the contribution that religion makes to our civil life and to a better community. It is very clear that people of faith play a great role in our sector , both in terms of giving and volunteering. The injunction to giving is something that unites Muslims , Christians and Jews .

But I hope it is always in the spirit of tolerance. There is something nauseous about the strident voices of those who denounce others who have different views or approaches to life , whether on the issue of abortion or on homosexuality. You will not be ...more

On 20 December 2011 - 6:05pm

Do Unto Others is from ancient times.  Hearing different versions from philosophers and religious leaders make us realize the commonality of Truth.  What a wonderful way to tie the world together!

“May I do unto others as I would that they should do unto me.”
Plato, 5th century B.C.

“Do not do unto others all that which is not well for oneself.”
Zoroaster, 6th century B.C.

“Hurt not others with that which pains thyself.”
Buddha, 6th century B.C.

“Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you.”
Confucius, 6th century B.C.

“Do not unto others what thou wouldst not they should do unto thee.”
Rabbi Hillel, 1st century B.C.

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
Jesus, 1st century A.D.

“None of you truly have the faith if you do not desire for your brother that which ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 20 December 2011 - 5:54pm

Change could be on the horizon for agriculture and food in the United States. The controversial 2012 Farm Bill, which failed to pass in November, is back on the table and due for a rewrite. (For a recap of the original “Secret Farm Bill” and how it failed, read this).

The new Farm Bill could be a tremendous opportunity to finally introduce both incremental and systems-level innovation in the way we eat and grow our food.

It’s important to note that the Farm Bill affects more than just farmers—it impacts everyone who, well, eats.

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Posted By Community Money
On 20 December 2011 - 4:51pm

We recently trained a mixed group of residents and staff from Somer Community Housing Trust in Bath. Community Money believes that training both residents and staff is one step towards offering a holistic solution to the problems of financial inclusion and rent arrears. ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 20 December 2011 - 11:49am

A couple of interesting, thought-provoking things have caught my attention in recent days.

The first was Professor Hugh Cunningham’s excellent R4 programme, How new is the new philanthropy? The second part of this series aired yesterday and is still on the BBC iPlayer. Sadly, the first part doesn’t seem to be.

What I found interesting about this were the subtle ideological differences the programme managed to draw out and make explicit.

For instance, Cunningham explores Victorian philanthropy and charts the shift which took ...more

Posted By Charity Bank Blog
On 20 December 2011 - 10:45am

The social finance sector is discussing constantly how best to measure social impact, but in spite of experimentation with different methodologies, no consensus has yet been reached.  Charity Bank has used impact measurement for many years and we are currently refining and embedding our own impact measurement systems.   We know that there is no magic [...] ...more

Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 20 December 2011 - 9:13am

I was reading recently about a new radio telescope that will be able to see the light generated by the first stars in the universe when they originally formed. It’ll have taken several billion years for us to be able to see this event, even though it’s been travelling at the speed of light!

Very often we expect instant results – if we register a company, we’ll instantly be awarded contracts; or, if we form a charity, we’ll instantly be awarded a huge grant from the Lottery. We’ll be able to generate a surplus within the first year, we’ll be supporting scores of people into employment by this time next month ... But invariably this doesn’t happen. Because things take time.

We increasingly assume (consciously or otherwise, and likely because of ‘encouragements’ we receive from other agencies and bodies around us), that every action and decision we make will generate an immediate re-action. But we forget that actions and reactions, by their very definition and ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 19 December 2011 - 8:36pm

Editor's note: This post was written by Vanuza Ramos, a Brazilian journalist and collaborator with Ashoka Changemakers.

In 1991, Dr. Vera Cordeiro realized that the real cause of most pediatric visits to a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro wasn’t illness or accident: it was the children’s living conditions.

“When the patient is discharged, they normally return to their homes, to a social context of vulnerability where they lack conditions to continue treatment,” Cordeiro said. “This makes the condition worsen and the patient must return to the hospital, which is yet another problem for a family already weakened by adverse economic and social realities.”  

With other professionals from the Lagoa Hospital technical staff, Dr. Cordeiro set out to break the cycle of hospitalization, discharge, and readmission by transforming the lives of the ...more

On 19 December 2011 - 6:05pm

If you want to help this holiday, Ethiopia is not too far a reach.  Ethiopia has one of the largest populations of orphans in the world.  They might not be in your backyard, but 13% of Ethiopian children are missing one or both parents.  One in six Ethiopian children are orphans.

No matter what your station in life, you can help provide them support:

For $25, feed a child for a month.
For $50, keep a child smiling with dental care.
For $100, support summer arts programs.
For $800, care for a child for a year.

Help Ethiopian children be healthy and happy this holiday season by ...more