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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 12 August 2011 - 7:51pm

As the clock on your office wall wills itself past midday, you head out the door in search of lunch. “I’m starving,” you announce (and your stomach growls in agreement). The quest for food is brief; soon you’re heading back to work sated with another giant burrito or maybe a famous flatbread sandwich from that place on the corner.

This sort of afternoon adventure happens daily. In the developed world, it’s generally mission accomplished. But this isn’t the case around the world, where more than 800 million are food insecure, uncertain where (and when) they’ll have their next meal. As a result, undernourishment – which exists where caloric intake is below the minimum dietary energy requirement – is prevalent in Central and South America, in many parts of Asia, and all over Africa, ...more

On 12 August 2011 - 5:05pm

“God, grant me the serenity to accept things that I cannot change; The courage to change the things I can; And the wisdom to know the difference.” – Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr

Dr. Niebuhr’s quote is one of the most world renowned, for he paints to the fact that “everything you need is already inside,” and the importance of believing in oneself, balanced with a practical sense of what can be done.  We should encourage ourselves in areas in which we can truly make a change.  Of course the process of trying, especially if we love it, is important to our growth at times. At other times, we need to let go and focus on the positive mountain which is beckoning us to climb it.

For the most part, it does come down to motives, too. If it is our past, you cannot change it.  Therefore his wisdom guides us.  Focus on the present, right now, right now, right now…in order to live fully and effect change as we speak…

Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr was a  ...more

On 12 August 2011 - 1:08pm

Inspired by the new COMMON community collaborative brand for rapidly prototyping social ventures, and by this epic thread on the Social Enterprise Mark group on Linked In that we started, we have kickstarted the first open source collaborative brand for social enterprise under the Creative Commons license (not a trade mark in sight). More than just... ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 12 August 2011 - 12:49pm

As has been widely expected, new funds have come onstream to support the development and growth of healthcare social enterprises. See the coverage here in Third Sector Online.

Offering grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 as well as loans, the £12m Capital Growth Fund is an extension of the existing Social Enterprise Investment Fund and will be managed jointly by the Social Investment Business and Local Partnerships.

Qualifying expenditure under the Capital Growth Fund includes: ...more

  • Property or land purchase
  • Some fees relating to capital projects including solicitors, architects and surveyors
  • Property renovations
Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 12 August 2011 - 11:46am

I always hated the political soundbite "broken britain" and "sick society" is even worse. That sort of knee jerk simplification gets us nowhere.

ACEVO is having a meeting of CEOs next Tuesday to have an initial discussion about recent events and what our sector response should be. We will be working with NCVO to respond to Government.

I have asked members for views. A couple of interesting points already :

"One thing we need to head off at the pass is that this is all about gang culture. Yes, gang members were involved in some of the violence and crime - but so were a lot of others with little or no affiliation to gangs. The causes are many and complex - my biggest worry at the moment is that we will lose the chance for a serious debate, and hence serious answers, in the Gadarene rush for simplistic solutions.

Anyone thought about why no riots in Wales and Scotland?? "

And,

"One key issue is whether communities feel that they have a ...more

Posted By Addiction Focus
On 12 August 2011 - 10:38am

I was doing my usual thing on the world’s most famous social website the other day – just cruising along, checking out addiction recovery groups and reading peoples’ comments on the topic, when something disturbing caught my eye. So disturbing, it stopped me in my tracks and forced me to think about the true meaning [...] ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 12 August 2011 - 1:00am

BBC Panorama focuses on those "Dying for a Drink" ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 12 August 2011 - 1:00am

BBC Panorama focuses on those "Dying for a Drink" ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 12 August 2011 - 12:00am

BBC Panorama focuses on those "Dying for a Drink" ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 11 August 2011 - 9:46pm

[Editor's note: This post was written by Jayanthi Daniel, Content and UX Specialist, Africa.com.]

The landscape of media has changed so much over the past 20 years that for even the most seasoned journalists, it’s almost unrecognizable.

Twenty years ago, how did we get our news? How did we hear about the important events of the day? How did we even know that the important events of the day were the ones that all of the world needed to know about?

For many journalists —newspapermen and women, television anchors under make-up and heavy lighting — the media world in 1990 was a small one. Anyone interested in the news read newspapers or magazines. Those without time to read during the day caught up with evening news reports on television. It was, amazingly, a golden ...more