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Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 24 June 2015 - 6:45am

Co-operatives Fortnight is underway. This is the annual sector campaign to promote awareness of co-operative enterprise. It closes on July 4th, which is the United Nations International Co-operatives Day.

Today, I am up early as we are releasing The Co-operative Economy 2015, our annual sector data.

Overall, there are now 6,796 individual co-operatives across the UK covering every industry, from retail giants and agricultural heavyweights through to community owned pubs, football clubs and credit unions. 

The fastest growth areas are agriculture, energy and social care, where co-operative innovations offer a powerful economic advantage. 

The sector as whole turned over £37 billion last year, a growth of 15 percent since 2010. The figure is a 2.8 percent decline on last year’s £38 billion, a dip accounted for by the shifts in trading and business lines at ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 23 June 2015 - 9:39pm


What can you learn from an entrepreneur who is turning plastic waste into currency, or an innovator who is tapping the power of the cleaning industry for youth development? A whole lot actually.

 

Follow the stories of these and other young social change agents part of the 2015 Class of Emerging Innovators in our Toronto Boot Camp.

 

 

Aniqah Zowmi, The ReConnect Movement

Location: St. Catharines, ON

Place of Impact: Canada

 

Ashley Wiles, Sole Girls

Location: Vancouver, BC

Place of Impact: Canada

 

Candice ...more

On 23 June 2015 - 5:05pm

4231347754_c3d47cccdcI often write on this blog about balance.  How do we balance the many different priorities in our lives?  How do we separate the different–and both important–areas of work and family?  This can be an especially challenging question for parents, trying to work and have time for their children.

I think my Dad “separated” these areas really well.  He traveled a fair amount and worked very hard. But when he was home, he was “super present.”  He was with us.  He played hide and seek, running around with us in the backyard, and eating dinner every night he could with us.  In fact, at his company  he told his team that work ended at 5 pm and family dinner was important. And, that he didn’t want ...more

On 22 June 2015 - 5:05pm

A home should be inspiring.  All the objects in your home should reinforce your values and character.  Home should be a respite of calm and peace, and a reflection of who you are.

A home should demonstrate moderation.  Homes should reflect what is needed.  Meet your needs, and then embrace moderation and simplicity.

A home should have balance.  The best homes reflect a sense of balance within the spaces, allowing for different types of activities.  Some may be more energetic, others which are more peaceful.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 22 June 2015 - 4:42pm

Interesting comment from Zac Goldsmith MP recently. He said,

'Islamic Relief is a dazzling organisation. Its strength comes from its ability to work at the grassroots with thousands of volunteers, mosques, youth organisations – with members of all religions and none’.

(Zac G at the IR Ramadan dinner last week).

We need more Parliamentarians who understand the power of Muslim charities generally to work in communities. ...more

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

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Posted By Social Edge
On 20 June 2015 - 10:56am

To achieve universal energy access for more than a billion people living in energy poverty by 2030, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated in 2010 that it would would cost $700 billion and take 20 years. Even as the United Nations and member states have identified universal energy access as an imperative, the prospects for achieving it are dim. Last month the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Forum released an update that admits little progress has been made.

If the current framework is failing, it is time to challenge the $700 billion mindset.

Power for All, a global campaign founded by businesses and NGOs – including d.light, GOGLA, Greenlight Planet, Off-Grid Electric, ...more

On 19 June 2015 - 5:05pm

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Warren Buffett. We can learn from this man!

While most of associate him with investing, he also has wise advice. Read on to hear his top advice to graduates over the years… What is your favorite? Stay tuned next week to hear my top 2!

1. Invest in Yourself First

 
As a star investor, Buffett knows where to find true value, and the first place he tells students to look for it is within. “Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do — anything that improves your own talents,” Buffett said in a 2009 interview on “Good Morning America.”
 
Investing in yourself is one of the only investments over which you can have total control and can never lose. “If you have true talent yourself, and ...more