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On 12 December 2015 - 8:14pm

“Knowledge is not only in the books — youth have many skills and talents that we should grow and expand in the real world,” he said. “People are already trying to make ends meet, so a practical education can help them survive, as well as prepare for their future.”

“Knowledge is not only in the books — youth have many skills and talents that we should grow and expand in the real world,” he said. “People are already trying to make ends meet, so a practical education can help them survive, as well as prepare for their future.”

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On 27 April 2015 - 5:05pm

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It was the swinging of the branches… and the gray in between which made me realize how much I love God and how much He loves me.

The mornings I wake up here, I see those trees above the line of my shutters. If I describe it, as gnarled, dry trees with stick branches extending out and crossing one another, with cold gray patches in between shouting an atmosphere of “colorless!”

My color is inside. It is warm when I awake and see my trees. They remind of complexity; and of reward. It is how I approach those trees, not the trees themselves, that resound with warmth.

There is a certain trust within that has escaped me for many years. It is a trust that gives ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 27 April 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 25 April 2015 - 10:24am

Iceland suffered first from the crash of financial markets and is perhaps first to champion the cause of a new financial system.

A proposal commissioned by the Prime Minister of Iceland, authored by Frosti Sigurjonsson argues for a new system of money, created at source by the state rather than the banking system. The proposal credits in particular the landmark 2001 report by the New Economics FoundationA Monetary Reform for the Information Age, by James Robertson and Joseph Huber, for which I happened to write the foreword.

Monetary reform is a vital but complex cause, one whose advocates, however brilliant, tend to obscurity and which covers a range of sometimes competing proposals, including: reform of seigniorage, ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 25 April 2015 - 2:20am

As the 2015 Skoll World Forum came to a close, I was struck by two themes that emerged in almost every session I attended.

First, there is a desperate need to work across sectors, break down the silos and see the interconnectedness between the social, the economic and the environmental. Human life doesn’t operate in neat categories. If the nearby river water makes my daughter sick, I have to stay home from work. So is this the purview of the environmental, health or economic NGO?

I would submit that the community itself actually needs to be empowered to identify and solve its own problems. Therein lies the opportunity and the challenge for social entrepreneurs and NGOs alike. Thankfully, Skoll is one of the few places where “ ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 25 April 2015 - 2:14am

THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15

Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time. Stories to teach, stories to entertain and often stories that do both. If liberation begins in the mind, then today’s storytellers have a central role to play in advancing life on planet Earth.

“Belief” is the theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum, and there is no more powerful way to establish, ignite or activate belief than through the power of story.

This is the true power of media to change minds, challenge ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 25 April 2015 - 2:07am

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS?
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30

Could there be a bigger topic to tackle in one session at this year’s Forum? What should we do with our individual and collective energies and how do we measure success?

Getting the greatest social good for every dollar spent doesn’t seem like a controversial goal, but if the answer doesn’t fit with your paradigm, then what? The presence of Graça Machel herself left little doubt that this is one of the most critical issues of the next decade ...more

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

LEVERAGING NEW AND OLD TECHNOLOGIES INTO TODAY’S EDUCATION MODELS
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 ALUeducation.com. 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