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Posted By Social Edge
On 14 April 2014 - 12:35pm

I’m astonished at how quickly big data has gone from an idea to meme to cliché says Larry Brilliant as he opens up the discussion on ‘digital equity and individual rights in the age of big data’. When we differentiate big data from the averagely sized, we talk about Google’s databases on global search or Facebook’s data on social networks. It is awe-inspiring in it’s potential to shed light on the evolution of pandemics, consumption patterns and human social behaviour. It promises fascinating utility for mankind, but a fair few dangers too. And its confusing, populating a bewildering confluence of privacy law, espionage, cyber warfare, corporate data mining, cross boarder storage and flows of digital information.

Those who control the data are private ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 14 April 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 14 April 2014 - 6:07am

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Η οικονομική κρίση στην Ελλάδα έχει επηρεάσει πολλούς ανθρώπους, οικογένειες και κοινότητες, αλλά ταυτόχρονα έχει αναδείξει οικονομικά και κοινωνικά προβλήματα που προϋπήρχαν. Ο διαγωνισμός «Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece» επιχειρεί να αξιοποιήσει αυτή την ευκαιρία προκειμένου να βρει βιώσιμες και συστημικές λύσεις για τα βαθια ριζωμένα προβλήματα που αντιμετωπίζει η Ελληνική κοινωνία.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 14 April 2014 - 6:02am

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The economic recession in Greece is affecting many people, families and communities, but it also reveals economic and social problems that predate the crisis. The “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece” competition is seizing this opportunity to find sustainable and systemic solutions for the entrenched problems that face Greek society.

Ashoka Greece and The Hellenic Initiative have launched this competition to find new, empathy-based solutions that provide social and economic inclusion. These solutions will go beyond offering charity by empowering communities and creating more fair systems for Greek ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 12 April 2014 - 8:30am

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Η παρούσα οικονομική κατάσταση στην Ελλάδα έχει εφιστήσει την προσοχή σε διαρθρωτικά προβλήματα του συστήματος υγείας, καθώς οι ανθρώποι χάνουν την πρόσβαση σε υπηρεσίες υγειονομικής περίθαλψης και θεραπείας, ως αποτέλεσμα του αυξημένου κόστους και των περιορισμένων πόρων. Αυτό ενίσχυσε την ανάγκη για αποτελεσματικά και χαμηλού κόστους μοντέλα που κάνουν την υγεινομική περίθαλψη προσβάσιμη σε όλους, και προωθούν νέες προσεγγίσεις για προληπτική φροντίδα. Η Ashoka βρήκε κοινωνικούς επιχειρηματίες σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο οι όποιοι ηγούνται της ανάπτυξης αυτών των νέων μοντέλων.

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Posted By Social Edge
On 12 April 2014 - 5:30am

The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business School captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned. (We’ve heard of #TEDflu, by the way– where TED conference attendees catch colds because they’re running to so many amazing events, and resting very little. On Twitter, I found the Skoll equivalent: #SkollBrain.)

These were some of the conversations and themes we explored during Day Three: ...more

  • Vulnerability and creativity. Perhaps one of the most popular sessions of the conference was held on Friday afternoon:
Posted By Social Edge
On 11 April 2014 - 3:39pm

(Editor’s note: Videos from the sessions will be shared and linked here as they are produced and posted.)

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No rest for the wicked entrepreneurial at Skoll World Forum: we jumped right back into the deep end on Thursday. Still basking in brisk sunshine, delegates and speakers joined into our conversations on ambition with enthusiasm and creativity. Here were some of the themes that emerged during Day Two: ...more

  • Media, big data and innovation. It’s no surprise that three of the hottest topics in
Posted By Social Edge
On 11 April 2014 - 2:06pm

The past few years has seen the emergence of the ‘cult of the entrepreneur’ with growing visibility of entrepreneurs in the media; ‘celebrity’ entrepreneurs such as Sir Richard Branson and stars from shows such as Dragon’s Den in the UK (Shark Tank in the US) are receiving recognition which, in the past, may have been the preserve of Hollywood royalty. But what about intrapreneurs?

An intrapreneur refers to employees who operate as entrepreneurs but within existing businesses. Whilst I’ve never ‘had a proper job’ and always worked for myself I suspect being an intrapreneur must be tough. Balancing corporate bureaucracy, politics, and often conflicting agendas to drive through change which can often carry high risks. But given the potential for corporations to be key agents of driving change it was no surprise that the topic of ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 11 April 2014 - 1:42pm

The budgets for investigative reporting have dropped across newsrooms in the United States, leading to lay-offs of reporters and fewer in-depth long-format pieces.   While that may be true, the need and passion for such reporting hasn’t declined.

“It’s like mercury, it slips through the cracks and finds its way,” Paul Steiger of ProRebublica jokes.

And a few organizations are working to keep it alive – in not-so traditional ways.  Al Jazeera’s Head of Investigative Programs Diarmuid Jeffreys says that investigative reporting is in every story that the Qatar-based news outlet produces.  “Our motto is ‘to give a voice to the voiceless.”  And given that many of their stories look at abuse, corruption, or injustices in areas with little track record of reporting, they need to do the research and investigative work themselves ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 11 April 2014 - 1:26pm

I’m excited to be at the Skoll World Forum this week, to meet and learn from many remarkable people. I am particularly thrilled that Girls Not Brides has been chosen as one of the recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. It is clear recognition that, at Skoll, achieving change through partnership is really valued.

When you speak to those participating in the Forum, it’s clear that most are here because they have at some point in their life been inspired by a story, stories of courageous people who have achieved the impossible.

I joined Girls Not Brides in 2012 inspired by the story of Laxmi Sargara, an 18 ...more