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On 25 June 2014 - 1:09pm

If you told me that I might one day see the Tour de France pass within half a mile of my house, I’d never have believed you.

But that’s what’s happening in 10 days time.  And given my love of all things bike, it’d be fair to say I’m pretty excited about it all.

It’s great to see so much focus on cycling in Leeds.  Yet it’s got me thinking again (although to be honest I think about this stuff all the time) about my daily experience of cycling in Leeds.

And it’s been an eventful few days.  It all started on Twitter, with ...more

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On 24 June 2014 - 8:53pm


Can building health habits be fun? One Nunavut program is proving that good health doesn’t have to be a chore. Atii! Let’s Do It!, based in Iqaluit, has designed a creative gameshow that helps young people and families learn about making healthy eating choices and living active lifestyles.

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On 24 June 2014 - 8:39pm

I was recently interviewed by the Conscious Capitalism blog about social enterprise, the changing face of today’s economy and how the Social Enterprise Mark is important. You can read the original interview here:


How would you define a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is a business that puts the society and the environment at its heart rather than the financial interests of individuals.  It operates as a business but in a way that puts others interests first.

What is the role of social enterprise in today’s economy?

Social enterprise can do virtually anything.  It is an ethical alternative ...more

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On 24 June 2014 - 4:20pm

Αθήνα – 23 Ιουνίου, 2014 – Με περισσότερες από 90 συμμετοχές έκλεισε στις 19 Μαίου 2014 η προθεσμία υποβολής συμμετοχής στον διαγωνισμό «Προορισμός: Αλλαγή. Νέες Λύσεις για την Ελλάδα» (Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece) που διοργάνωσαν η Ashoka, η Ελληνική Πρωτοβουλία (Τhe Hellenic Initiative), το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, η Boehringer Ingelheim Ελλάς και η SAP Hellas με στόχο την εύρεση καινοτόμων λύσεων για κοινωνική αλλαγή στην Ελλάδα.


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On 24 June 2014 - 4:14pm

Athens, June 24, 2014 – Ashoka Greece announced today that 20 finalists have been selected in the first Changemakers competition for Greece. The «Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece» competition is an initiative by Ashoka, The Hellenic Initiative, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas, and SAP Hellas to source innovative solutions for social change in Greece.

The finalists, selected from more than 90 entries, represent the most innovative and promising solutions in the following areas of social impact for Greece:

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On 24 June 2014 - 4:12pm

I’ve had a couple of hours on the train this afternoon (who says we need to get to London faster?) so I had a bit of time to catch up with updating how things are going in our third car-free year as a family.

I’ve written plenty before.  But to summarise, we sold our car in November 2011 with the aim of getting around more on foot, by bike and on public transport, whilst hiring cars when we need them.

It was mainly a green thing – but I was also intrigued as to what the ...more

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On 23 June 2014 - 5:37pm


17th November 2013, was a groundbreaking day in the history of Gurgaon, when 10,000 people came out of their houses to enjoy the country’s first ever car-free Sunday. Raahgiri Day had arrived!

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On 23 June 2014 - 5:05pm

“Dress well. Groom yourself. Walk and speak more slowly. Don’t slouch. The more you act like the persona you aspire to be, the more likely reality will follow.”
- Lisa Gaché


Lisa Gaché, CEO and Founder of Beverly Hills Manners, is a nationally recognized etiquette expert specializing in lifestyle, entertainment and family. Lisa provides practical solutions for modern day living and helps clients to improve social skills and enhance lives. She has become the credible go-to resource for the media and entertainment community–from dining with decorum to event hosting and red-carpet etiquette. Her tips, tools and guidance are useful for everyone, in every situation.

She was featured in Vanity Fair for her debut book, 24 Karat Etiquette: Golden Rules from the World’s Most Glamorous Zip Code (Skyhorse Publishing). Lisa makes regular appearances on television (The Today Show, Dr. Phil, Anderson Live) and in print ( ...more

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On 23 June 2014 - 3:42pm

I had a great weekend at a sculpture exhibition set in the wonderful surrounds of Astall Manor, the former Cotswolds home of the Mitfords.

My neighbour in Charlbury, Emma Maiden, was exhibiting in their 'On Form' series. It continued the arty theme of my weekend as I had lunch Friday with an up and coming artist - Tim Patrick - who is going to do a portrait of me and my partner. A frightening thought. Unfortunately I have not yet had a request to be 'hung' in the National Portrait Gallery but surely some day...


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On 23 June 2014 - 11:29am

Solutions to the world’s most pressing problems are exciting. The opportunities are global, interconnected and interdependent. Business' resources dwarf those of the philanthropic and public sectors combined. All fixes require leaders with vision and capacity to build systems for change across industries and borders. Yet alone, now and in the future, no one of these sectors can put together the social entrepreneurial ecosystems necessary for major innovation and change to work at scale.

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