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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 22 March 2011 - 3:11pm

Third Sector Online has coverage here regarding final recipients of funding from the Strategic Partners Fund before it is wound-up in 2014.

The successful bidders are:

  • Acevo in partnership with Euclid Network and New Philanthropy Capital £415,000
  • Community Foundation Network in partnership with Association of Charitable Foundations £330,000
  • Institute of Fundraising  £275,000
  • Locality £496,570
  • Navca £345,070
  • NCVO £500,000
  • Social Entrepreneurship Partnership £315,000
  • Social Enterprise Coalition in partnership with Co-operatives UK £499,199
  • Volunteering England £500,000

It is interesting to note that the social enterprise sector’s two national bodies — the Social Enterprise Coalition ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 22 March 2011 - 12:30pm

Cheryl Dorsey was honored as an Ashoka ChangemakeHER, Changemakers's inaugural celebration of the world's most influentual and inspiring women. Find her fellow honorees' voices here.

Cheryl Dorsey is a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. She is the president of Echoing Green, the global nonprofit that unleashes next generation talent to solve the world's biggest problems.

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Who are your favorite changemakers?
Dr. King. Nelson Mandela. Oprah Winfrey. 

What are the qualities that made them successful?
Integrity, strength, and courage.
All three of these figures gave their lives to make the world a better place. They are extraordinary examples of leadership. The magic of leadership has to do with the way a leader makes the ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 22 March 2011 - 2:57am

Ashoka’s commitment to Everyone A Changemaker™ means we can leave no person behind. We hope to awaken all individuals to their inner power and potential to create enduring change. That’s why the ChangemakeHERS campaign is offering words of advice and encouragement for innovators at all stages of their efforts.

To complement the outstanding voices of the women who have shared their insights so far, here is some of our own guidance to social entrepreneurs and the institutions that support them. Below we’ve outlined four key principles that we believe are critical to the evolution of the social entrepreneurship sector as it stands today.

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 22 March 2011 - 1:00am

Some people have asked me in the past, after six years in recovery, so why do you carrying on working a 12 step programme? ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 22 March 2011 - 1:00am

Some people have asked me in the past, after six years in recovery, so why do you carrying on working a 12 step programme? ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 22 March 2011 - 1:00am

Some people have asked me in the past, after six years in recovery, so why do you carrying on working a 12 step programme? ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 21 March 2011 - 6:36pm

Lakeside Nursery in Erdington embraced the spirit of Comic Relief by hosting a pyjama party for youngsters and staff – raising more than £100 for charity in the process.

But there was little danger of the tots nodding off in their nightwear, with home-baked cakes, hot chocolate, cookies and, of course, red noses all adding to the fun on the day.

It all took place at Lakeside Children’s and Family Learning Centre, in Wyrley Birch, run by social enterprise Enta. The pyjama theme was selected to fit in with this year’s ‘Do Something Funny for Money’ Comic Relief theme.

Natalie Cox, nursery manager at the Lakes Road centre said: “Comic Relief is always a fun event and we wanted to celebrate it in style. But it wasn’t just for the children, all the Enta staff were involved too so it was really enjoyable.

“It’s also important to remember the serious side to Comic Relief and it was good to raise so much money to help this ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 21 March 2011 - 5:30pm

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., was honored as an Ashoka ChangemakeHER, Changemakers's inaugural celebration of the world's most influentual and inspiring women. Find her fellow honorees' voices here.

Video blog featuring Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., President and CEO

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On 21 March 2011 - 5:05pm

“When you look at the deal and its structure looks like an octopus or a spider, just don’t do it.” – Timothy Sloan in the Chronicle with Bloomberg

Timothy Sloan has it right.   He’s talking about investment deals.  And what he means is he doesn’t  do ‘complicated.’  

If it looks complex, he walks away.

It’s one of the greatest and humbling lessons America is learning.  Be real – and have your investments be real. 

Investing is not about a bundled package of financial instruments which you can trust.  It’s about an investment in a person, a business, a house… something that is tangible, real and… simple.   I guess one of the questions we should ask is, “Do I understand this investment?”  

Complexity is out. Simplicity is in.   Let’s become the butterfly again, and leave the spiders behind.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 21 March 2011 - 12:30pm

Diana Wells was honored as an Ashoka ChangemakeHER, Changemakers's inaugural celebration of the world's most influentual and inspiring women. Find her fellow honorees' voices here.

Because she is president of Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, Diana Wells is uniquely positioned to see the trends and trajectories of the world’s most successful changemakers. She has supported and witnessed the work of nearly 3,000 social entrepreneurs around the world in every sector and at every level of changemaking. Here, she shares some of her insights, from generating a spark of ...more