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Posted By Social Edge
On 24 April 2015 - 11:52pm

WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00

My first session at the 2015 Skoll World Forum was a delegate-led lunch discussion, “Leveraging New and Old Technologies into Today’s Education Models.” The session was packed – you couldn’t have fit another body in that room, a testament to the interest in the discussion that was about to unfold.

World Literacy Foundation’s Director of Innovation, Alexandra Berrio, started us off with introductions all around. It was worth it to hear the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 24 April 2015 - 10:52pm

In Kibera, a settlement within Nairobi, Kenya, one is enveloped by the fast-paced energy and constant buzz of activity, with shopkeepers displaying cloth, food stall owners preparing meals, and children in school uniforms rushing down the street. With up to a million people living within a five-kilometer radius, one is never really alone, but it is easy to feel lonely.

Many people flock to cities seeking economic opportunities, and by most accounts, fare better than their rural counterparts. However, low-income city dwellers, especially women, are often vulnerable to the harsh realities of urban living that can affect their health and well-being. Urban areas often lack appropriate sanitation, good air quality, clean water and regular electricity, which are important components of good health. And while cities can offer women more choices ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 24 April 2015 - 6:21pm

Written by Edem Torkornoo. This articl originally appeared on ALU is a tertiary institution dedicated to developing the next generation of African leaders. 

Although the question of what leadership is may at first seem simple many find it difficult to answer. For some it is the ability to move a group towards a vision while for others it is about being able to serve. In our #LeadershipIs series, we ask leaders who embody ALU’s values what their definition of the phenomenon is. Check out some of their responses below:

“Leadership is about the questions you ask and not the answers ...more

On 24 April 2015 - 5:05pm

addtext_com_MTY0NzUyMTU4NDk5When I think about the times, beautiful passages, I have been able to share with my parents. I remember outside dinners on the patio, with the sound of sprinklers jetting quietly and uniformly across the lawn. The trees stand tall, straight, gentle. I look up at them; they are my childhood trees. I played in them, I prayed to them, I though they were a symbol of surety, peace, strength. And I look back at my parents as we eat dinner, sharing, discussing, laughing, and with sometimes silent spaces… and to the trees again. Still strong; so are we.

Our family begins the meal with prayer. It can be any prayer but I love — that prayer.. Thankful, thankful, thankful. In continuance, it is a quality, ...more

On 23 April 2015 - 5:05pm

UniversalGiving is about helping others. Part of that is empathy, whether it’s a worn torn area near a refugee camp, a religious conflict or cultural differences.  When we give of ourselves, either by donating or spending time volunteering, we learn. We learn not only about a tough situation, but also to be more compassionate.

While the world can present some challenging situations, we don’t need to go far in finding ways to understand others. That can simply be in your office.

See this helpful infographic on Extroverts and Introverts. Let’s be compassionate and welcoming to all different types of people and their communication preferences.   You can make a difference in your office, your next meeting — today.

IntrovertsExtroverts ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 23 April 2015 - 9:00am

Necessary reconciliation or reopening old wounds? ...more

On 22 April 2015 - 5:05pm


“The contentedness, that ability to sort of focus on what really matters in life, friends and family and good times in a career – versus having some feeling of being on a treadmill or a really challenging uphill battle – gives our city [Chicago] a sort of pleasant contentedness and satisfaction with life. I find that really appealing about both the city and also our customer base.”

-Brian Spaly, Founder of Trunk Club

Here’s a CEO who has his priorities. He’s running a major company. While his primary focus is to build value and drive results, he does so concurrently with his values. He lives his ethics, and it’s reflected in his business thinking.


Posted By Social Edge
On 22 April 2015 - 4:00pm

Ray Chambers is the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria. Mr. Chambers, a former financier turned philanthropist, has directed most of his efforts toward improving the health and well-being of children.

Among his philanthropic pursuits, he is the Founding Chairman of the Points of Light Foundation and co-founded, with Colin Powell, the America’s Promise Alliance. Mr. Chambers is the Co-Founder of the National Mentoring Partnership, and of Malaria No More. In his business career, Mr. Chambers was Chairman of Wesray Capital Corporation, which he co-founded with Former Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. William E. Simon.

In 2008, the Secretary- ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 22 April 2015 - 2:01pm

This election campaign may be boring at times, and too policy-light, but it’s risky to ignore its importance for our country’s future.
I read two excellent blogs this week on the challenge of getting the third sector heard.
Rosamund McCarthy of BWB, writing for Civil Society, made a comprehensive argument for why third sector organisations cannot be ignored in the pre-election debate, for the sake of good, informed politics and for the sake of improving political representation.
And then Andrew Purkis, former CEO, Charity Commissioner and ACEVO member, continued his excellent new blog with some reflections on political activity and the third sector.
Rosamund wrote:
The voice of the ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 22 April 2015 - 9:00am

This week's video ...more