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Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 16 September 2011 - 9:08pm

OK, so this post is based on the running gag of changing light bulbs, but a Health and Safety (H&S) notice I recently read at a government building really does stagger belief and illustrates not only how bonkers H&S can get, but also how government really is wasting money.

So - the answer? By my reckoning, at least 8 people are needed in this government establishment to adjust a PC monitor.

And the reason for this is the following policy procedure that staff should follow if they feel that their workstation screen needs adjustment:

1) request an assessment from the Health & Safety office (1 admin ...more

On 16 September 2011 - 4:05pm

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”

This quote is most often attributed to Philo of Alexandria.  Philo was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who lived from 20 BC to 50 AD.  This quote is also sometimes cited to Plato, a classical Greek philosopher who was the student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle.

I received this great quote from a wonderful academic leader at USC, Warren Bennis. I was sharing my Mission and Values with Dr. Bennis, and he provided this quote as helpful guidance.

I met Dr. Bennis when I was inducted into his Leadership Institute while getting my Master’s in Communications.   His demeanor is warm, kind, astute and constantly open to new trends and progress in our society.  Dr. Bennis, thank you for this meaningful quote!

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 16 September 2011 - 1:37pm

 One of Ashoka’s ChangemakeHERS honorees, Carie Lemack, reached new heights again this week when her Oscar-nominated film, Killing In The Name, premiered on HBO. The film, a production of the Global Survivors Network (GSN), tackles the taboo subject of terrorism through the journey of Ashraf, a victim of the 2005 bombing of a wedding celebration in Jordan — his wedding.

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On 16 September 2011 - 1:20pm


Lucy Findlay pictured with Destiny Support, who are delighted to be the first organisation to get the Social Enterprise Mark in Slough

Destiny Support CIC, which provides support and training to vulnerable young people, are the first organisation in Slough to be awarded the prestigious Social Enterprise Mark.

Sue Njuguna, Head of Operations at Destiny Support said:
“We are the first organisation in Slough to get this award and we are delighted. This achievement establishes us as a social enterprise – trading for people and ...more

On 16 September 2011 - 11:19am

It's not a problem that tends to be discussed in polite circles. But I am going to do it anyway. It's the new Quiet Army of people who used to have good jobs in the public and voluntary sectors who are not working.

These are not people who declare themselves out of work and go down the Job Centre. Nor are they the 'usual suspects' - the drongos who organisations tend to jettison early in a recession.

No, these are people of quality who used to be running things and who have great track-records. The recession is now eating into new territory - and nobody is safe.

How do I know? As a firm with a consulting offer, Stepping Out have experienced a massive spike in people who, for one reason or another, are available for freelance work. I'm talking about emails every couple of days.

Although people we hear fro are really impressive, we just don't have the volume of work to increase our pool just now. But what hits me is just how good many ...more

Posted By Addiction Focus
On 16 September 2011 - 10:42am

* We are grateful to Addiction Today for kind permission to reproduce this article. * Watchdog Launches to Save Vital Rehabs Rehabs Prepare to Name and Shame Local Health and Council Chiefs The Concordat Watchdog is officially launching on 14 September in the House of Commons. The event is being hosted by Amber Rudd MP. [...] ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 16 September 2011 - 12:00am

The Concordat Watchdog to expose poor commissioning. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 16 September 2011 - 12:00am

The Concordat Watchdog to expose poor commissioning. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 16 September 2011 - 12:00am

The Concordat Watchdog to expose poor commissioning. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 16 September 2011 - 12:00am

The Concordat Watchdog to expose poor commissioning. ...more