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Posted By Social Edge
On 26 August 2014 - 4:28pm

The conservation of Brazil’s Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation found on Saturday.

Lack of access to clean water, violence, illiteracy and limited opportunities to pursue a better life are among the problems highlighted in the Social Progress Index (SPI) for the Amazon, one of the world’s most important ecosystems.

The study paints a picture of social injustice and inequality by charting data from all but one of the region’s 773 municipalities and nine states. Its authors hope it will become a tool for improving development policy as Brazil elects a new president in October.

“From access to clean water and basic education to personal choice and rights, the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 26 August 2014 - 1:25am

In May, UNICEF and the World Health Organization released a report on global improvements in water and sanitation between 1990 and 2012. Many of the findings are encouraging.
In 2012:

  • 89% of the population had access to an improved drinking water source, an increase of 2.3 billion people.
  • 64% of the population had access to an improved sanitation facility – up 15% from 1990.

But there’s still so much work to do. Improvements in water and sanitation are ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 25 August 2014 - 9:19pm

Editor's Note: This Article was written by George W.Bakka. Bakka is Ugandan entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Angel's Hub and a Segal Family Foundation partner. He is also an Acumen, Anzisha and Educate! Fellow. This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post Blog on August 8, 2014.

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 25 August 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 22 August 2014 - 7:39pm

Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems.

Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the radicalization of the youth.

A recent report by the International Crisis Group, ...more

On 22 August 2014 - 5:53pm

1. Build only on your islands of health and strength.

2. Only deal with people who are receptive to what you are trying to do.

3. Only start projects that will make a significant difference if you are successful.

4. Don’t try to build a business; build an organization.

5. Don’t subsidize failure; subsidize success.

6. Don’t try to fix things that are flawed in their concept.  Replace them with a superior concept that works.

7.  The only way to perpetuate a new idea is to make it the norm.

Peter Drucker (1909-2005) was an influential writer on management theory.  He wrote 39 books, which have been translated into 30 languages.  Among his best known books are Concept of the Corporation, The Effective Executive, and Post-Capitalist Society.

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 21 August 2014 - 12:00pm

There is no doubt that drink and damage go hand in hand. #braindamage ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 20 August 2014 - 5:00pm

 

There’s no such thing as starting too early when it comes to forming healthy habits, according to the Healthy Beginnings for Preschoolers 2-5 team. They provide resources, training, and guidance to early learning practitioners that help ensure preschoolers are learning healthy eating habits and keeping active from an early age in in British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Quebec.

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Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 20 August 2014 - 3:46pm

As some will know, I'm involved in supporting the start up and growth of co-operative enterprises of all types through various programmes, contracts, invitations, (and 'personal accidents'...). And having done do professionally for nearly 20 years at local to international levels, I'm of the view that often, the support offered to co-ops doesn't emphasise enough the importance of “co-op working” skills.  On the face of it, co-ops are much like any other business – they buy and sell stuff, keep accounts, pay taxes, employ people, and so on. But at their core is a set of values and principles which set them apart from all other types of organisations. And it’s how the Members and workers in co-ops understand and apply these values and principles in their work and relationships with others that usually determines whether the enterprise will succeed or fail.   Now I know of fellow co-op ...more