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Posted By Social Edge
On 30 July 2014 - 12:18am

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities.

About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics and laboratory equipment. By leveraging its purchasing power and emphasizing its role in the sourcing of core health products, the Global Fund is reshaping markets and providing a greater return on its own and donors’ investments. The ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 29 July 2014 - 8:36pm

Every child—regardless of physical condition—deserves the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential. This is the vision of Choosing to Win (Choisir de Gagner).

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On 29 July 2014 - 6:28pm

“Turn the other cheek” — that’s the teaching that we should carry with us. All violence and all the mayhem and badness in this world will disappear as we all adopt that ancient teaching and wisdom just in our everyday activities and our choices.

For me it’s become very important to meditate two to three hours a day. That’s the only way I’ve gotten answers and returned to the wisdom I experienced during my journey.

Consciousness is the thing that exists. It is the support, the basis on which all of the universe is based. Consciousness is our oneness with the Divine. It is pure God-given love and power.

Our attitude, our mind, our consciousness has tremendous power over our health.

To me, so much of the badness in our world has to do with the fact people don’t love even themselves enough. They don’t realize they are divine beings. This of course is not about being selfish and greedy.

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Posted By Social Edge
On 29 July 2014 - 4:18am

In the Philippines, Skoll Awardee Visayan Forum Foundation has made progress in improving working conditions for deep-sea fishermen. Visayan’s experience holds lessons for others engaged in similar initiatives.

Pa-aling is a form of deep-sea fishing practiced in the Philippines, where fishermen dive 100 feet into the ocean with the aid of breathing tubes attached to a compressor, which is sometimes old and rusty. The fishermen drive fish out of coral reefs into a net laid out on the ocean floor, which is then sealed and reeled to the surface.

A pa-aling fishing ship usually has about 250 fishermen and an expedition can last 40 days, with fishermen diving for over half an hour at a time. The practice is classified as hazardous but ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 28 July 2014 - 2:20pm

 A few shots from the recent Bubb clan gathering in Hope Cove, Devon. The hound and I, with 4 nephews and nieces, brother and 2 sisters and aged parents. And various appendages. 

The new Civil Society Minister also spends time in this beautiful part of South Devon. And worth noting the photos show the wonderful coastline that belongs to the National Trust. Thank goodness, or the grasping developers and useless local Councillors might put houses there!
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On 28 July 2014 - 11:51am

You don’t need to go beyond the executive summary of Making It BigNesta‘s new report on ‘Strategies for Social Social Innovations’ to see just how confused the UK’s leading thinkers are about the subject.

In sentence two we’re told ‘Many social innovations have become part our daily lives – think pre-school education, first aid, e-petitions‘ while in sentence three we’re told that ‘In the developing world, organisations like BRAC and Pratham are approaching transformative scale, starting to solve the social problems they set out to tackle.

From this we can deduce that social innovation could be a new branch of an existing sector, an essential basic service or ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 28 July 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 25 July 2014 - 12:00am

As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. From Angola to Afghanistan, Croatia to Cambodia, I have sought grounds for peace by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards, literally turning mines to vines – transforming killing fields into fields of fresh grapes.

This month, more than 180 children have been killed as a result of war in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Next month, I will be a grandmother for the first time, and I cannot be silent about the impact of war on the next generation. It is time to firmly plant the roots of peace on earth, and take a pragmatic approach to ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 24 July 2014 - 7:30pm

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From a pool of more than 200 entries, the short-listing team at Ashoka Changemakers has selected 86 Semi-Finalists of the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge. 

Video caption: Early Entry Prize Winner and Semi-Finalist iLead+Design submitted this video illustrating its unique model for teaching students empathy skills and how to use design thinking to solve problems.

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On 24 July 2014 - 7:26pm

A friend, Keith Wommack, tells a delightful story that illustrates the point:A man was living on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning, he was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his worn-out Bible. His grandson wanted to be just like his grandfather and tried to imitate him in every single way.One day, the grandson asked, “I try to read the Bible just like you, but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?
 
”The grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, yet all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him to try again.This time the ...more