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On 23 April 2014 - 5:05pm

Learn about The Man Worth While

“It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.”

The Man Worth While 
Ella Wheeler Cox

What a firm and joyful attitude that comes from within!

We are not going to be swayed by our circumstances,  bit of news, or another’s person reaction. No, we are master’s of our own soul.

We have the privilege of choosing pleasantness at every moment.

If you think life is out of control, remember that your life within is in your control.   Life is not made of events. It is made up of qualities that we cherish. That includes love, goodness, expecting the best, joy, fun!   So don’t focus on the negative things that present themselves to you.  It’s an event, not something that sticks to you forever. You focus on what your thought ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 23 April 2014 - 3:29pm

Jason Saul, CEO of Mission Measurement, and Nolan Gasser, Chief Musicologist at Pandora, might, at first, seem like an unusual pairing for a session at the Skoll World Forum, but there again, what is usual for this event.

The duo took to the floor to launch Mission Measurement’s groundbreaking new social initiative, the Impact Genome. The inspiration behind the measure came from the observation other sectors have successfully used algorithm-based data to predict future behavior or outcomes.  The most notable examples being the 1990, Human Genome Project created to predict health outcomes and Pandora’s, 2000, Music Genome Project, revolutionary quantitative database designed to predict song choices and create enjoyable playlists.

The concept of the Impact Genome is to find a way to standardize, benchmark and thus enable ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 23 April 2014 - 3:21pm

“…let me compare education to health care. If a doctor from 100 years ago entered a hospital today, he would feel very out of place. He wouldn’t understand the equipment or the processes. If, however, a teacher from 100 years ago entered a modern day classroom, he would not feel so lost…“ – Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director, Fundacion Escuela Nueva

In this session, Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre, lead a thought-provoking discussion on the role of the teacher and whether or not our definitions of this role are outdated. The session started by suggesting the traditional role of the teacher was that of a member of society, who imparted knowledge to a set of students.  With the panelists being asked to contrast this ideal against our modern context of technological advances and resource scarcity.

The ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 23 April 2014 - 2:48pm

This seminar discussed the global migration patterns of urbanization and its consequences.

International affairs columnist Doug Saunders notes that slums give rise to much of the conflict and social unrest we see around the world. Even in those slums where conditions seem impossible, a simple and cruel logic keep hopefuls walking in: the belief that life in the slum is still a sliver better than life in the village, says Michael Keith, Director of the COMPAS center at Oxford. He suggests that slums should not be seen as a problem in and of themselves. Rather they represent stunted progression in the journey of those hoping to make a better life in the city. The fact that they stay in the slum is ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 23 April 2014 - 12:04pm


I rather enjoyed David Cameron's interview in the Church Times last week. I happen to agree with him; Britain is indeed a Christian country, and much of our charitable tradition is derived from that history. That continues today in the huge support from faith groups of all denominations in financial and volunteer support for charities, and in the continuing orientation of many great charities. Our big national children’s charities – the Children’s Society, Action for Children and Barnado’s for example – are all Christian in origin. Church leaders often lead the charge on issues of national importance like poverty. There were brilliant examples over Easter from Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Welby.
However this is not to say that there is an excuse for prejudice against other faiths; quite on the contrary. Islam is now the second largest religion in the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 22 April 2014 - 8:43pm

John Elkington introduces the accounting for business strategy guru Michael Porter and FSG Founder Mark Kramer’s efforts to sensitize multinational corporate boards to the concepts of shared value creation. He notes CEO Paul Polman’s lauded achievements of driving the sustainability agenda at Unilever, and then lets the question drop.

What happens when these sustainability luminaries leave the spotlight? Who will take over after them? Who will be the guardian over the sustainability agenda at Unilever after Mr. Polman? How do we ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 22 April 2014 - 11:28am

Sad news that Robert, who has led Blind Veterans UK,(formerly St Dunstan's) for the last 13 years has died. Robert was a star. A giant of a man with a wonderful sense of humour I had a particular link with him. We were appointed to our CEO posts at the same time and through the same head hunter so we always kept in touch. And he loved the fact that our ACEVO weekly emails were called "Leader to Leader". I always ensured he was invited to all our ACEVO events and he was at the recent Lords reception where he met many of my family.
He was a superb leader; guiding the charity through change and re focusing the brand and purpose. ACEVO sends  condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed. ...more

Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 21 April 2014 - 7:10pm

I recently had the opportunity to hear a presentation fromLaurence Cockcroft, one of the founders of Transparency International, on the progress made over the last 20 years in exposing and challenging corruption around the world. And while it was encouraging to hear about the introduction of various pieces of legislation, regulation, and how the rise and rise of social media has enabled instances of corruption to be highlighted much more quickly and easily, I was left wondering if the drive to expose corruption isn’t somehow normalising it... You see, we increasingly hear of instances of corruption in business, government, and even charities, but the sanctions levied against them subsequently only seem to fuel our outrage further for their seeming insignificance in light of ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 21 April 2014 - 5:08pm

If you’ve already read Wish You Happy Forever, you’ll know that 2008 was a one-of-a-kind year for Half the Sky in many, many ways. In addition to the freak snowstorms across southern China, and the massive earthquake in Sichuan Province, and my Olympic torch-bearing adventure in Chongqing, and Half the Sky’s long-awaited legal registration in China, and the fantastic opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing (whew!) somehow I was also lucky enough to win the Skoll Award — something given to a few “social entrepreneurs” like myself who are not merely trying to do good in the world, but to change systems — the way we do things — trying to make the world work better.

All this is a long way of telling you that I’ve just returned from my sixth annual visit to the  ...more

On 21 April 2014 - 5:05pm

“In today’s global atmosphere of highly polarized viewpoints, we can’t afford to tolerate divisiveness, even in small instances.”

This is a great quote that I ran across.

What are you entertaining in your heart right now?

The thought of a beautiful day…
or an unkind comment?

Gratitude you spoke with your mom
or overwhelmed by all your email?

Appreciation of the refreshing rain
or grumpy about a grey day?

Upset about a colleague’s comments
or compassion that perhaps they are troubled by something else, other than you?

Rankled by our government’s excesses
or grateful for a free country?

Appreciative of breathing and be alive
or just feeling down, for no reason?

—✶—

Don’t divide yourself from anyone — or ...more