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On 20 January 2015 - 9:43pm

I’d never been to a hack before – and then I’ve ended up at two in the last week.

I spoke at an event on Friday which is exploring how to improve mapping of cycle routes in Leeds.  There are two more “warm-ups” and then the Hack My Route event itself – in the next few weeks.  There’s £4500 up for grabs for whoever comes up with the winning prototype.

Yesterday I went to what was termed a ...more

On 20 January 2015 - 5:00pm

rsz_johnathan-pearson-e1404855791431-1080x675Jonathan Pearson is a millennial determined to leave the world in better shape, and the co-creator of, an online community for young leaders. And here’s what he’s got to say about the people in our lives. Who we are to them, and how we can help. And who they are to us. Read on for a most essential blogpost true to that, below. Thank you, Jonathan!

Jonathan focuses on three types of people: The Encourager, the Realist and the Critic. Which one are you? Which one do you want to be? You will be one, or more, whether you like it or not, as our comments affect people ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 20 January 2015 - 3:05pm

I'm not a morning person. Especially not in winter, so getting up in the dark to do BBC Breakfast and other interviews was a trial. I know I'm being wimpish! And of course a great opportunity to talk about how charities and social enterprises working together with health professionals deliver better health outcomes in hospitals and in the community. 
Of course I had to battle against the usual stereotype of charities as do gooding volunteers dispensing tea and sympathy. Surprised to see the Royal College of Nursing being so dismissive, indeed patronising, about the value of our intervention in the long term. I'm afraid they are out of touch with the nurses in casualty in the hospitals who have professional home from hospital services like those the Red Cross and RVS provide. The BBC breakfast package this morning had a good case study along these lines, of a trained volunteer helping frail elderly people get out of hospital quickly. 
Nurses and doctors are keen on the ...more

Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 19 January 2015 - 10:27pm

It’s all Chris Lee and Liam Black’s fault.If they hadn’t started their ‘entrepreneur’s A to Z’s, I’d have happily sailed on, but something like that, to someone like me… well, you can see from Chris’ blog where he published his A-Z that I was compelled to offer some kind of ‘harsh truth’ alternative. And then he asked me nicely if I’d do my own social entrepreneurs’ A-Z, based on my own experiences of being a micro enterprise these last 9 years, and supporting countless others over the last 3 decades….So here it is – a no-holds barred, ‘what they don’t tell you about what it’ll be like’ A-Z of being a (social) entrepreneur. And I’ll probably change my mind about most of these after Chris has posted them up, but nothing lasts ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 19 January 2015 - 9:15pm

Four years have passed since the launch of the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance, a compact signed by 40 global investors in the Netherlands. The introduction to these principles states:

Inclusive finance carries with it the responsibility for all actors in the value chain – investors, retail financial service providers and other relevant stakeholders – to understand, acknowledge and act in accordance with the interests of the ultimate client.

Microfinance clients are typically poor, often semi-literate and unable to advocate for quality financial services or seek redress when their rights are abused. A responsible investor in the industry must ensure that the end- ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 19 January 2015 - 8:55pm

Two billion people use Unilever products every day. Many would recognize the brands belonging to the 120-year-old company, like Dove, Popsicle or Vim, but few know the name Unilever and most have no idea of its incredibly bold – some would even say radical – approach to business.

In 2009, in the throes of the financial crisis, Paul Polman became Global CEO of the consumer goods company. Since then he has established his vision and led the charge unflinchingly: to double the size of the business by 2020, while cutting its environmental impact and creating social value in communities around the world.

Polman sees a simple truth in a modern world. He talks frequently about how global ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 19 January 2015 - 8:00pm

I am Fiza Farhan, CEO of the Buksh Foundation and Director of Buksh Energy Private Limited. Recently I was selected for the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs  list. I am ecstatic to be acknowledged for my efforts towards women’s empowerment and scaling up access to renewable energy in the underprivileged rural communities of Pakistan. This has encouraged me to set an even more profound vision for future developments.

However, my entrepreneurship journey has not been undeviating throughout. There were mistakes and pitfalls, but I was determined to make a change. I believe the biggest mistake I made initially was to think that I, being a woman, would probably have a limit ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 19 January 2015 - 5:16pm

I have been over with my mum and sorting out dusty boxes, one of which turns out to have been sorted well before I was born. It contains letters from a century and more ago.

Who the people are is now mostly long gone, but it was deeply moving to find one pencil-written to someone in the family from ‘Ed’ on the frontline in France in the First World War.

“I can hear Fritz’s shells falling and our own anti-aircraft guns shelling his planes. Tomorrow night we go up to the front line trenches again. May I be saved from harm.”

And then, lower in the box, the connecting thread – an envelope with writing on the back from an earlier sorting of letters to Nellie, “including from Ed, killed 1918.”

If I close my eyes, the world turns and I try to imagine those shells. I open my eyes and the world returns.


On 19 January 2015 - 5:00pm


“Maybe Too Soon for You, But Not For Me” – Frances Blaisdell

That’s how my Oma signed a letter to me, right before I came home from Duke for the holidays. Finals were wrapping up, and she had sent me a note of encouragement. It’s attached with a beautiful cursive unique to my Oma! Since you probably can’t read it, here are some excerpts:

As always, Oma had positive news, joy and wisdom. There was some issue I was working on and she related: