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Posted By Ben Metz blog
On 27 May 2011 - 10:26am

the corner room, the newest addition to the bethnal green town hall, is worth a visit.  no bookings, no telephone,  no website (but they do have a facebook page) and very reasonable prices make this an unexpected treat from chef nuno mendes who just received his first michelin star for his other restaurant in the town hall, viajante.  it’s an egalitarian breath of fresh air in a world that judges aspiring chefs by inflating prices, squeezing more in and turning over more covers as measures of increasing success.

the food is technically excellent.  the venue well presented.  the staff are authentic.  it really is fine dining.  it won’t blow your head off but it also won’t blow a hole in your wallet.  well worth a visit.  and subsequent repeated visits…


Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 27 May 2011 - 8:30am

This is a wonderful outline by Rachel Botsman of the links between the ‘co’ words of collaboration, co-operation and collective.’


Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 26 May 2011 - 8:36pm

[Editor's note: This post was written by Alison Craiglow Hockenberry, contributing editor at Ashoka's Changemakers®, and originally featured on the Huffington Post.]

This is our new Sputnik moment: The United States is behind in math and science. But this time, the threat has crept up on us without the dramatic blaze of a humiliating and ominous satellite. And without the roaring economy of the late '50s that allowed an instant, enormous commitment to increasing funding for science and technology education.

We need new ideas to fix this problem. Fortunately, these are things we do well in the United States: New. And ideas. And fixing. We have done it before -- to put a man on the moon, to lead the biotechnology revolution, and to transform the ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 26 May 2011 - 7:16pm

Drew Chafetz (center), co-founder of love.fútbol, at the 2010 inauguration event in Guatemala.

When love.fútbol approached the town of San Antonio Palopó, Guatemala last year to build a safe soccer field for its children, the organization was surprised to receive a lukewarm response. Community members were initially reluctant to agree to the project’s sweat equity requirement.

love.fútbol, which works with impoverished communities to build inexpensive, durable soccer pitches for kids, supplies raw materials and guidance, but partner communities are expected to contribute all labor and take ownership of the construction process.

“One of our core beliefs is that we do not ...more

On 26 May 2011 - 5:05pm

Oprah’s impact in people’s lives is unbelievable. How many people she has helped, so many!  What a powerful, and yet incredibly kind, selfless woman to devote herself to helping others and also bettering  ourselves.  I love what she noted about what the show meant to her, each episode, empowering others to “step out of your history.”

How do you need to step out?
Here’s Oprah’s quote below…

“It speaks to the essence of what the show has tried to say all these years: that you are not the product of your circumstances. You are a composite of all the things you believe, and all the places you believe you can go. Your past does not define you. You can step out of your history and create a new day for yourself. Even if every single possible bad thing that can happen to you does. You can keep going forward.”  — Oprah Winfrey


Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 26 May 2011 - 11:42am

I did some joint commissioning last night with my friend ( well she is till she reads my report! ) the President of the Royal College of GPs, fiesty Clare Gerada.

We had both been at a dinner at Deloitte for doctors and ACEVO members and as we both live in Lambeth we decided to get a cab home. I mused on whether we should do a procurement exercise and stop 3 taxis and see what offered the lowest price, but in the end we went for spot purchasing and as I live in brixton and Clare in Kennington she got a free ride. Is that cherry picking I wondered?

The dinner, and session before was excellent. ACEVO is undertaking a review with ippr on how the third sector relates to GPs. There has been concern amongst members that GPs are not acquainted with the full scope of the sector. Our role in delivery as well as advocacy and advice, research and volunteering and community development.

We had a lively discussion. Clare herself is well up on the sector- indeed does ...more

On 26 May 2011 - 7:53am

Danny Kruger, who was giving evidence to the PASC alongside Lord Glasman, Polly Toynbee and Shaun Bailey, left a very interesting comment on my blog yesterday about the hearing. He suggests I have got the wrong end of the stick and provides some essential context to the comments that Maurice Glasman made about Locality.

I am certainly prepared to accept if I am wrong and have, as Danny says ‘got the wrong end of the stick’. I did reveal in my blog that I was not following the hearing, but rather picking up the reports on twitter from others who were. No one is disputing whether the comments I quoted were said, so the issue appears to be whether or not they were taken out of context. Or perhaps it simply highlights the importance of being aware of how social media is changing the way news travels and the way it is communicated.

Anyway, I wanted to respond to the points Danny ...more

Posted By The New Pioneers
On 25 May 2011 - 7:10pm

Guest contribution from Anant G. Nadkarni, Vice President Group Corporate Sustainability, Tata Council for Community Initiatives, India.

Long before terms like “values” and “sustainability” became business buzzwords in the West they were already being implemented by an Indian corporation: The Tata group, founded by Jamsetji N. Tata in the late 1890s, is today going on over 130 years of emphasizing themes of governance, sustainability, values and ethics.

Jamsetji N. Tata wanted to build a pioneering enterprise that willingly shouldered nation building and community development. Early in the 20th century, when India was still ruled by the British, Tata group built India’s first steel plant, first hydro-electric power plant and the first luxury hotel in India, the now famous Taj Hotels. The group also funded the ...more

On 25 May 2011 - 5:04pm

“Love Many, Trust a Few, And Always Paddle Your Own Canoe”
–Terri, from Coudersport, PA, as seen on Dark Chocolate Dove Wrapper

Terri has it right.  What a joy to enjoy dark chocolate, which I love, with a truly inspired quote.

Life affords us so many ways to love, and how important we keep doing so.  At the same time, we have to be careful, and so Trust, or entrusting ourselves to others, perhaps must be a bit more rare.  I wish it weren’t so…however, everyone is on their pathway of personal growth.  So we must honor them, honor ourselves: We should always love, but not necessarily entrust to others.

As far as paddling one’s own canoe.  As my Oma says, “You’d better put a little elbow grease into that.”  She was always ensuring she had pulled her weight. In fact, when I went over to Oma’s for a sleepover as a young child, even at the age of 8 or 9, our fun together — was working together.   We ...more