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On 18 August 2014 - 11:39am

I did a ski season in Whistler Blackcomb back in 05/06 with my buddy and content editor Gav and so have first hand experience of what it’s like to turn up to a resort with no connections and no ski season job. We even arrived late December after the main recruitment events held in late October / early November every year there so really had our work cut out.

Our job seeking process was a combination of walking around Whistler Village looking for job adverts, asking businesses if they needed anyone and keeping an eye on the local magazine jobs page. It took two to three weeks of constant hustle but finally I secured a job in retail at the Whistler Clearance Centre and Gav became a liftie for the mountain which had a ton more perks such as huge discounts of meals and the fact that he got to ...more

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On 18 August 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 18 August 2014 - 2:45am

In international development there is a tension between the drive to “scale what works” and the fundamental reality that the world is complex, and solutions discovered in one place often can’t be easily transported to different contexts.

At Innovations for Poverty Action, we use randomized controlled trials to measure which solutions to poverty work and why. We believe that this methodology can help to alleviate poverty, and yet we don’t advocate focusing solely on programs that are “proven” to work in this way. One risk of funding only “proven” and therefore “provable” interventions – the “moneyball of philanthropy” – is that interventions proven to work in one place could be transposed to new ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 August 2014 - 2:33am

Unless we reframe what it means for social innovations to be accountable, we risk squelching the very creativity and ingenuity that are crucial to their success.

Recognizing that difficult problems often require long-term transformative solutions, many funders and non-profits are adopting innovative strategies that are complex and dynamic, with goals and activities that emerge along the way. Traditional formative and summative approaches to evaluation are not a good fit for these adaptive approaches. In fact they can be counterproductive, subverting innovation instead of supporting it.

A better method for evaluating adaptive initiatives is developmental evaluation. It embeds ongoing evaluative inquiry into an initiative and offers real-time data and learning about innovations as they evolve, supporting new developments ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 17 August 2014 - 5:38pm

An astonishing 90 percent of assaults are committed by repeat assailants, and only 22 percent of sexual assaults on campuses are reported to authorities, according to estimates. Victims of sexual assault on college and university campuses need a safe space where they can report assailants in a transparent and confidential way —and where they can help put an end to what is often an ongoing cycle.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 15 August 2014 - 7:43pm

A former high school teacher, Jordyn Lexton recalls telling a student in her English class, “that, with hard work and over the course of time, he could achieve his goal of becoming an architect.

“As the words left my mouth, another student respectfully objected, telling me I was ‘selling dreams’,” Lexton said. “In that moment, I realized I needed to do more.”

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On 15 August 2014 - 5:40pm

“Henry Ford said, “bring us your hands, and you can leave everything else at home.”  D.J. rejected that idea and said completely the opposite: “I want all of you here.  I want the whole person.” — J. Kermit Campbell, Former CEO of Herman Miller

Campbell continues, “If I can have 5,000 or 6,000 people who are passionate about what they do…solving problems and finding solutions to our customers’ problems, I’m going to be much better off than if I leave that to 10% of that population, who tell the other people what to do.  It’s like a sports team: you can have one or two guys who play well, but if you can get 50 guys on a team all playing at a very high level, you’re very tough to beat.  That’s always been our philosophy.” ...more

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 15 August 2014 - 3:43pm

I first came across the “graph of doom" in Exeter when I was meeting the CEO, Phil Norrey, of Devon County Council. This set out the stark reality of local government finances; that on the current trajectory the only services councils will be able to deliver are basically the statutory services for the old and refuse collection. But when I was with the CEO of Nottinghamshire County Council Mick Burrows recently he was talking about a graph of opportunity. In other words, thinking of how to deliver differently.

Whatever way you cut it local councils have one heck of a task on their hands. They have faced massive reductions in budgets and face similar huge cuts to come. They have by and large faced the challenge well, though we know that many third sector bodies have faced unprecedented cuts and in some cases had to close down.
The bald facts of the finances make it clear that councils need to look afresh at their delivery role and look at how the third sector can be ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 15 August 2014 - 2:35am

Empathy—that seven-letter word seems to be everywhere these days.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 14 August 2014 - 6:29pm

Editor's Note: This article was written by Atul Singh, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Fair Observer. This article first appeared on Fair Observer  on June 27, 2014.

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