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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 12 December 2015 - 7:14pm

“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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Posted By Social Edge
On 28 March 2015 - 7:35pm

“Grid parity” is the holy grail of solar energy – the point at which solar systems become commercially viable without government subsidy. It’s an oft-used phrase, but what’s not always mentioned is how parity varies depending on how the system is used.

Ground-mounted solar farms, for example, export all their energy to the grid and thus, in a subsidy-free world, compete directly with grid wholesale prices. Current projections for photovoltaic (PV) system costs and wholesale energy prices suggest that solar farms won’t reach grid parity in the UK until around 2028 – a long way off.

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On 28 March 2015 - 4:05pm

Overcoming Obstacles Message Series

Not today, not today. There is nothing that can keep me from loving myself and loving others through this challenge given today. For there are many blessings, much more, much above, the seeming cloud in front of you.

Step through the mist of the cloud.

And realize all the great goodness around you!

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Is it a shining sun? Some people live with polluted skies…

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Posted By Social Edge
On 28 March 2015 - 1:53am

My name is Memory Banda, and I am from Malawi. My country bears the burden of one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with more than half of girls forced into marriage as children, sometimes as early as age nine.

Child marriage in Malawi is a practice that weaves together complex economic, cultural, and religious factors – both historic and contemporary. But what does this actually mean? In a country with an HIV prevalence of 10.3%, where the average woman has five children, and where almost one in three women dies in childbirth, child marriage is both the cause and consequence of grinding poverty, gender-based violence, and the inescapable inequality that girls live with every day.

At the age of 11, my sister became pregnant during a traditional sexual “ ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 27 March 2015 - 4:40pm

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By Meera Patel, Operations Associate at Ashoka UK. You can follow Meera on Twitter. Keep an eye out for more within this series by following Ashoka UK and Virgin Unite on Twitter, using the #AfricaYouthFwd hashtag.  On December 30th 2007, President Mwai Kibaki was once again sworn in as President of Kenya, despite the claims to victory of his rival: Raila Odinga.

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On 27 March 2015 - 4:05pm

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“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears”

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Did someone offend you today?

Or… did you let them offend you?

Remember, you don’t have to accept what someone gives you in language or action or intent.

You can choose to not follow your feeling. You can choose to know the Truth.

Save yourself the time of angst that you think is from someone else. Center up inside and take responsibility for what you know: You are a person of value, complete and whole, right now. No one is going to make you that; no one is going to take it away.

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Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 27 March 2015 - 11:30am

While the elephants of national political life trumpet and dance, there is a wonderful new programme starting at the grass-roots level, with cross-party support.

This is the first national ‘community economic development’ programme for a generation – reaching back to the pioneering work on community business of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Board in Scotland and on local economies by the Greater London Enterprise Board.

The new programme, which focuses on community-led solutions for economic renewal, is backed by the Department for Communities and Local Government and will be delivered by an alliance of organisations, including Co-operatives UK, New Economics Foundation, Locality, Community Development Finance Association and the ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 27 March 2015 - 10:49am


Two weeks ago I was in Pakistan, a guest of the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) and yesterday I joined colleagues at a press conference to report on that visit.  I went with 2 ACEVO members; Jehangir Malik, the CEO of Islamic Relief and Dr. Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal who were representing all the Ceos of the MCF.
The objectives of this visit were:
1. To show solidarity with the MCF at a time when they face unprecedented challenges to their work and demonstrate a leadership role for ACEVO in standing up for members working to build community leadership in the Muslim community in the UK.
2.  To see for ourselves how the MCF charities work on the ground in ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 26 March 2015 - 6:17pm

Access to energy is a precondition for higher human and economic development. Yet energy poverty is still pervasive: 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people don’t have clean cooking facilities. More than 95 percent of these people are either in sub-Saharan African or developing countries in Asia, and 84 percent live in rural areas.

Energy paves the way to opportunities: better livelihoods, education, health, and quality of life. Without access to energy, people have little hope of achieving these things.

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    On 26 March 2015 - 4:05pm

    omen-foreboding-destiny-4979626-m“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”

    - Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

    This is not a closed door. This is not a no, not a wall, not a disappointment. It’s not a brick, opaque or senseless.

    Something good is coming out of this.

    Looking for the open door.

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