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Posted By Changemakers blogs
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 22 May 2015 - 5:05pm


“I am a convinced universalist. I believe that in the end all men will be gathered into the love [of God].

-William BarclayOf course, leading UniversalGiving, I love the term Universal.

It says to me, “We include everyone.”

We cherish every person’s life, contribution, spoken word, and presence. I learned this from my parents, my religion, and the values in our home. And it really got driven home while I was on Outward Bound.

Outward Bound, an outdoor education camp, threw you into 20 mile hikes, ice picking and rock ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 22 May 2015 - 9:45am

I had the opportunity recently to meet up with colleagues from the co-operative sector in France and to hear more about the success it has had in advancing a bold programme for a ‘social and solidarity economy’.

In France, 23,000 co-operative enterprises employ more than a million people (4.5% of the labour force) and have 24.4 million members. Co-ops are dominant in a number of sectors, including agriculture and food (40% market share), retail banking (60%) and retail distribution (30%). They are spread throughout the country – whereas nine out of ten large companies are headquartered around Paris, four out of five (76%) of the largest co-ops are headquartered outside in the regions.

The leading co-operatives include: Nicolas Feuillatte, the third ranked champagne brand, selling nine million bottles a year; Agrial, whose ‘Florette’ brand represent the leading European ready-to-use salad products; Intersport, the leading international distributor of sporting goods; ...more

On 21 May 2015 - 5:05pm

barbed_safety_Fence_225577_l“I have no enemies and no hatred. Enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation’s progress towards freedom and democracy.”

– Liu Xiabo, Chinese writer and human rights activist

“I am O.K. Here in prison, I have continually been able to read and think. In my studies, I have become even more convinced I have no personal enemies.”

“I have no enemies and no hated. None of the police who monitored, arrested, and interrogated me, none of the prosecutors who indicted me, and none of the judges who judged me are my enemies. Although there is no way I can accept your monitoring, arrests, indictments, and verdicts, I respect your professions and your integrity… Hatred can rot away at a person’s ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 21 May 2015 - 9:00am

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On 20 May 2015 - 5:05pm

rock-balancingI think one key point in life is to maintain balance–balance between time for work, time for loved ones, time for oneself, time for interests outside of one’s business. It’s so important to keep that balance, or we’ll simply burn-out.

I remember once when I was young in my career, and meeting with a fairly older, single woman. She was a successful venture capitalist. I don’t know that I would consider her life successful. She traveled the world incessantly and was on every important board. But she seemed tired and joy was scarce. She told me to “Pack it all in.”

I didn’t. I kept my balance. I started a nonprofit and I did creative improv. I took care of my very young nephews and nieces. I loved life and I loved the people in my life. ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 20 May 2015 - 3:34pm

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Find out how a robotics revolution in Ugandan primary schools is engaging students and creating a new generation thinkers and innovators who can shape opportunities for the future.

The video features Ashoka Fellow Solomon King.




Posted By Addictions UK
On 20 May 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 19 May 2015 - 8:41pm

What if the most inspired and best-informed agents of change for “broken” school systems weren’t lawyers or politicians, but students themselves?

For a network of activists in South Africa, students are just that. Equal Education is a youth-led movement battling “class- and race-linked inequalities” in South Africa’s school system. The young people in the program, all high schoolers, come from the country’s black-majority townships like Khayelitsha. They’re called  “Equalizers,” and they’re fixing the system from the inside out while learning real-world skills to become “difference-makers” in the future.

Rates of illiteracy, dropouts and unemployment are major challenges in South Africa. And despite progressive ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 19 May 2015 - 8:20pm

Across Africa, as in the rest of the world, a faster pace in the workplace calls for a faster and more technology savvy workforce. There are many opportunities arising out of the rapid rate of technology innovation across the continent. A key question is: how are young people positioned to seize these opportunities?

During our next Future Forward webinar, we explore insights regarding the ways young people are interacting with opportunities in the technology sector. The panel will feature tech and social entrepreneurs as well as development practitioners and young people. 

The upcoming webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2015. 

RSVP at this link and join the twitter chat using the #AfricaYouthFwd hashtag.

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