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Posted By Social Edge
On 18 May 2015 - 4:39am

From 2000 to 2010, Latin America and the Caribbean enjoyed a remarkable wave of sustained economic growth. This growth helped improve the incomes and welfare of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP) – households that earn less than US$10 a day (in 2005 dollars).

According to the World Bank, nearly 70 million people increased their purchasing power significantly and 50 million Latin Americans escaped poverty over the decade.  This sea change dramatically altered their aspirations, priorities, and interactions with their societies.

Yet could the upward mobility on the income ladder experienced by the BoP in the region imply a smaller market size in this segment or decreased demand for high-quality, accessible goods and services?

No. Even as the BoP population’s growth has slowed, the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 18 May 2015 - 4:22am

Asegedech, a 59-year-old Ethiopian grandmother of three, has seen tremendous progress in her city of Addis Ababa in her lifetime. Sitting with her daughter Hirut, who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a public hospital, she can tell you how far the Ethiopian capital has come since she gave birth to her children in the same hospital in the 1980s.

“When I gave birth 30 years ago, there were a lot of challenges,” she said. “We did not know about prenatal care during my time. You might not get medical attention, even if you were a bleeding mother. You would receive abusive words from the nurses when you were in labor. They would rebuke us when we asked for help.”

People in Addis Ababa used to worry whenever a woman was pregnant, Asegedech said, because so many mothers died.

“Now things have changed and the ...more

Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 15 May 2015 - 10:26pm

So I was there (as were lots of other people) - the first 5-day festivalof Social Enterprise hosted by Greenwich University (and pulled together by Harsha Patel who we can't thank enough for doing so!). And what's even more exciting was that I wasn't just there to heckle from the back seats and prop up the networking bar, I'd been invited to be part of the headline acts alongside some of social enterprise's rockstars.
And while others can tell you far better (and ...more

On 15 May 2015 - 5:05pm

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We search. We search for the “Big H,” happiness, all the time.  We try to find our right calling.  Our right partner in life. The right home, city, school.  And yet…

Happiness is about sharing.  It’s about experiences, time, thoughts and caring for others — which are all spiritual.   And I can’t imagine many people expressing their happiest times not in the presence of someone else.   It’s being with others, and being with them in a meaningful way.  We also know that it is not necessarily even doing something; it could just be sharing one another’s presence, with each other…

So I love, then, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s wisdom on the recipe for happiness:


On 14 May 2015 - 5:05pm


When you build a home, you have to have a vision. A vision of what you would like to create.  If you have a negative vision of your home then it certainly is not going to become a beautiful home!   So we need to maintain that vision, even when the going gets rough. Even if you run out of brick. Even if the paint color didn’t match the way you wanted it to. Even if you have to fumigate!  Hold the vision, and keep striving for it.

So what has helped me during tough times is not just to focus on the positive, but on gratitude. Even in tough times there is something to be grateful for.  If you are having a hard time in sales and partnerships, perhaps you can be grateful you uplifted that ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 14 May 2015 - 9:00am

Like a garden, life is always changing. There is always growth. ...more

On 13 May 2015 - 5:05pm

flowers_tulips_pink_374178_l“I love singing, and I came to absolutely adore it in the later part of my career.”

– Julie Andrews

Sometimes we love to do an activity. We might like to play tennis, cook or run. But what a joy when we continue to do it, increase our skills, and come to truly adore it!

This is what Julie Andrews is saying here. It’s one thing to just love sining. But now she does it with a passion, and heart full in. She knows it, her audience knows it. And we love her for it.

I grew up on the Sound of Music. It’s a family tradition and we watch it every Thanksgiving! And we never take for granted Maria’s simple character, her joy, and her beautiful singing. It’s so natural, so ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 13 May 2015 - 9:00am

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On 12 May 2015 - 5:05pm


“The Buddha has a very beautiful metaphor… He calls it “like writing on water.” Whenever an unwholesome thought or emotion arises in an enlightened mind, it is like writing on water; the moment it is written, it disappears.”

– Chade Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself, The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)


Every day you have an opportunity to let a negative thought, a comment from someone else, or even a negative newspaper article come into your thought and lodge there or let it pass by.

The thing is, dear reader, these comments only hold the weight you give them.

That’s right. They are only as strong as you make them. You ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 12 May 2015 - 3:27pm

So it's started already.  Hardly the ink dry on the election result and some MPs already banging on about "Europe".  If this goes on like this, I will be one of those wanting an early referendum to get it over with. Whilst this is an important issue there will be many more key priorities for our sector, not least the attempt to abolish human rights legislation, attack charity campaigning, cuts to welfare and changes to the public sector. Some maybe positive, but not all.
As it happens I am at a Euclid conference looking at "Strategic Leadership in turbulent times" in Europe. Euclid was set up in 2007 as a network of European third sector leaders to provide mutual support and learning, and act as a catalyst for social change across Europe.  We meet in the great Catalonian city of Barcelona.  Parallels with the Scottish question as there is a strong Catalan independence movement but with a Spanish government determined not to grant autonomy or even a referendum.  One of my ...more