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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 11 July 2011 - 9:50am

Whitekirk is an ancient Church, the original structure is 12c , set in the rolling fertile hillsides of Lothian, not far from the ancient city of Dunbar. It was a famous medieval centre of pilgrimage as a nearby medieval well dedicated to St Baldrick! It had healing powers. Pope Pious II walked barefoot in the snow from Dunbar to this church to give thanks for his survival in a fierce storm at sea.

This beautiful church was the setting for the Nuptials of Seb Elsworth and Lucy ...more

On 10 July 2011 - 8:41pm

Solomon Linda (left) with the Original Evening Birds, 1941Solomon Linda (left) with the Original Evening Birds, 1941The young man on the left of this picture is Soloman Linda.   You many have heard of him sometime over the last few years, though in his own lifetime, in his own century, you certainly wouldn't have.

Sometime in the late 1920s Soloman Linda wrote a song called 'Mbube' (um-boo-bay – Zulu for 'The Lion').  Although a talented singer and musician, Soloman Linda couldn't read or write.   He and his wife lived on maize porridge and slept on a dirt floor,   They had 8 children, 2 of whom died as babies, one from malnutrition.

In the 1930s Linda got a job as a cleaner for the Gallo Record Company, where in 1939 he first recorded the song Mbube – and where in ...more

On 10 July 2011 - 3:52pm

On Friday the 1st of July, over 200 LEYF staff came together in the garden of Carlton Hill nursery to celebrate our efforts to build a better future for London’s children by providing excellent childcare to 1500 children every day.

It was a heartening experience and we some clever planning and budgeting the staff were provided with good food, drink, a nice environment and a very happy and positive atmosphere was generated. This is not to be sneezed at because like all sensible organisations LEYF is examining better ways to extend our very effective model more quickly and efficiently across London. Too many children remain in poverty in London and we know that good childcare can actually make both an immediate difference but also a long-term difference to their lives and the lives of their children. Our own research into the social return on investing in LEYF actually shows a value to every child coming to a LEYF nursery of a minimum of £30,000 over their working lifetime, ...more

On 10 July 2011 - 2:02pm

Hugh Grant: Not just a pretty faceLike everyone in the country I am agog at what's going on. The tabloid press seem to have sunk to new lows below even those assumed of them, the police seem to be guilty of taking a discretionary approach to what is or is not illegal based on self interest and politicians, it would seem, have entered a Faustian pact with the Murdoch empire that has prevented anyone from getting to the bottom of how information is bought, sold and publicised in some parts of the British media. Just ask Hugh Grant, he knows all about it.

It now seems clear that not only can Murdoch not be allowed to buy the rest of the BSkyB but that his current holdings need ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 8 July 2011 - 9:20pm

It has been a truly amazing Co-operatives Fortnight, with our theme of sharing wealth and ownership.

I have met some inspiring people – Robert, one of a group sharing their street by creating a new housing co-op; Angela, who responded to a fire on Hastings Pier by getting everyone signed up to buy it for community use; Charlie, the MP who wants to turn his constituency port into a mutual; Sam Roddick who is taking on the cause of Britain’s bees…

I have nothing more to say myself – talked hoarse, and no doubt repeated myself frequently.

We ended up in every newspaper – except, funnily enough, the late News of the World.

Thank you to all the team and all the co-ops and friends involved.

It’s not too late to add into the online Little Book of Sharing – have a look

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Posted By Red Button Design
On 8 July 2011 - 8:17pm

Following on from my last blog post I am very pleased to report that we had a successful launch in Mwingi!
The Midomo units arrived in Mombasa complete apart from steel work and wheels, (though with unexpectedly *bright pink* tap attachments!) We began the local fabrication process in our warehouse in Nairobi moving work into the local community at Mwingi as soon as we'd gauged their capacity. In the end there was very little that James and I needed to co-ordinate centrally. The significant hours of design work we'd devoted to engineering a product suitable for local manufacture / maintenance seemed to pay off; next steps will involve securing a ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 8 July 2011 - 7:31pm

On Thursday, July 14, 2011, Ashoka's Changemakers®, supported by Google, will bring entrepreneurs, innovators and enthusiasts from around the world to discuss how to boost media access and participation for people marginalized by political and economic barriers around the world.

Ashoka’s Changemakers invites you to participate in this multilingual #SocEntNOM #SocEntChat on Twitter between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (ET), to share -- and NOMINATE -- your innovative ideas and solutions that address the partnerships, programs and people that will make Citizen Media possible.

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On 8 July 2011 - 5:05pm

Mullahera, India is starting to even out the imbalanced ratio of the male/female population.  In the past, and even in the current day, having girls is not considered an “asset” to the family.  Many births are aborted, or even deaths occur when a new child is a baby girl.

Mullahera is changing this: the district put together a program providing compensation of $2,200 for any woman who will keep their baby girl.  Hopefully it will become an example for the rest of India and other countries that are struggling with this issue.

For the whole article, check out “India Tries Cash Incentives to Save Its Girls” in The Christian Science Monitor.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 8 July 2011 - 4:28pm

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

Jürgen Griesbeck plays hard because of a murder. After his friend Andrés Escobar, a Colombian national soccer player, was killed for botching a goal in a 1994 World Cup game, Griesbeck set to work making sure the game itself -- football, as most of the world calls it -- became an agent for helping to end violence.

"When I heard the news about Andrés it was about five in the morning and it hurt so deeply," Griesbeck said. He started Football for Peace in Escobar's hometown, Medellín, which was ...more