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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 23 September 2014 - 11:07am

As usual, Labour Conference this year has been fascinating and tiring in equal measure. Unlike recent years though we're doing a bumper programme of ACEVO fringe events - the largest in many years.

We started well on Sunday night by launching The Red Book of the Voluntary Sector with our friends at CAF. Do read the book - it's available here. And I do have to note my preference for 'third sector' over 'voluntary sector'.

It was a brilliant event. We had 11 speakers in an hour and many Parliamentarians dropping in and out during their first night of conference schedules.
As Ed ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 22 September 2014 - 9:32pm

We talk a lot about teaching a man to fish, but what about teaching a woman to fish? Or, in the case of agriculture, teaching a woman to farm? And what about teaching a woman to teach other women how to farm?

In 2012 Root Capital formally launched our Women in Agriculture Initiative, and set out to answer these questions. One of the first things we realized when we started this work was that approaches to women’s empowerment have historically been divided into two camps: the impact investing community concentrated on women-led or women-owned businesses, and the development community focused primarily on women at the base of the pyramid.

As a nonprofit agricultural lender in Latin American and Africa, we’ve met women in ...more

On 22 September 2014 - 7:44pm

indications-101879_640One morning as I was leaving for work, my mom and I had a very special interchange.

We live in Menlo Park, and I was headed north to San Francisco.  My parents were headed south to Carmel for a bit of rest.  “Have a great day, Mom!  Thank you for having me… and now we’re going in different directions!”

“No, we’re not,” she said immediately.

I knew exactly what she meant.  Our minds and hearts are going in the same direction.   She’s taught me to be loving and kind.   To follow my heart, and to do what I love to do.  And to live rightly.   And that is what she does with her life.  She is so consistently, joyously serving others.  I’ve never seen a better model of this.

And ...more

Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 22 September 2014 - 4:47pm

There are any milestones in the life of any business: the first (and 1,000th?) customer, the opening of new sites, and the length of time that the venture has continued to trade (this is no mean feat given that most fail within the first 3 years...Many ventures mark their trading histories with parties and such like at 25, 50, and 100 years (although there’s not many of that last group!). And as a supporter of various types of enterprise, it’s always gratifying to see how some business forms seem to survive the ‘test of time’ better than others – I’m not sure the empirical data has been collected to prove it beyond shadow of doubt, but my hunch is that proportionately speaking, co ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 22 September 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 22 September 2014 - 2:58am

Every second, two people move into a city. Across the world, that’s a million people every week. Many are in search of a better life but, when they arrive, what they find is not what they were expecting.

The world is driven by self-interest and nowhere is this more evident than in cities. Behaviour is driven by a web of influences and interests which is so complex, it is almost impossible to unravel. There are far more resources in cities than in the rural areas, but the competition for these resources is fierce and the fight is brutal.

When Peter, a farmer from rural Kenya, decided to move his family to the city in search of a better life, the informal settlements were the obvious place to go. They moved into a rented room in a plot of eight single rooms.

The nearest available water source was a kiosk half a ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 22 September 2014 - 2:42am

“My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. When most people think of learning to read, children come to mind.

But Thinley’s family is part of a much larger global challenge: more than 86 percent of the world’s 907 million illiterate people are adults. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Europe.

When parents can’t read, they can’t take care of their families in simple ways – like reading a bottle of medicine for their kids, or keeping track of how much money is in their family’s savings. Job prospects for illiterate people are limited, making it difficult to lift their families out of poverty.

Because Thinley’s parents were ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 20 September 2014 - 7:51pm

Why did the Skoll Foundation and Capricorn Investment Group join nearly 350 other institutional investors in signing the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change?

The transition to a sustainable energy economy requires concerted action by everyone. Companies must transition to renewable power. Regulators must guide resource allocation and incentivize the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Consumers must demand and avail themselves of better choices. And investors must provide capital to develop renewable energy solutions and deploy infrastructure.

The Skoll Foundation invests in social entrepreneurs whose innovations bring us all closer to a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. To combat climate change, we invest in, connect and celebrate social ...more

On 19 September 2014 - 5:26pm

fantasy-220092_640“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Dr. Robert Schuller

And the point here is not be tough… but to persevere.  To last through the valley.  To endure, cultivate patience, and live humility.  With that, we develop our character which allows us to serve our world and neighbors more effectively.

So we encourage you to last… so you can live more fully.

Dr. Robert Schuller is a minister and founder of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.  He is best known for starting the popular TV program Hour of Power; as a result he became a popular Televangelist. Recently he retired as the principle ...more

On 19 September 2014 - 2:14pm

Last week a colleague and I travelled to Greece to the annual EECERA Conference. I like to attend such conferences because I believe that if we do not work to connect practitioners, policy makers and academics then we will never gain the coherence we need to ensure policies and practice are effective and actually support […] ...more