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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
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.
There is no doubt that drink and damage go hand in hand. #braindamage ...more
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.
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
“We don’t need public services and welfare spending primarily because commercial markets are a bad way of meeting social need but because they’re a bad way of determining what ‘social need’ means… ” – the latest in my series of Pioneers Post blogs on public service reform and social innovation.
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So, it’s the silly season and you can expect fluffy stories, one of which appeared in the Sunday Telegraph this weekend. I had bought a copy after early morning Communion and it had me chortling on my croissant. Apparently charities are being taken over by former advisors to Gordon Brown. A lurid headline “former brown aides fighting coalition as charity chiefs" failed to provide any evidence to back this up.
It would appear that on the ST logic you are unable to perform a professional job for a charity if you previously worked for a labour politician. So they castigate Justin Forsyth who is doing a tremendous job at Save the Children in incredibly taxing times simply for his former role with our last Prime Minister. No evidence is provided that somehow their work has been subverted by improper political influence.
The reality is that many former advisors to Blair and Brown are in jobs across the public, private and third sectors. That is because they are talented ...more