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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 10 September 2014 - 6:53pm

Editor's Note: Below is a Q&A with Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation and vice president for Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express. Read more about the Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovators Bootcamp on the 2014 Emerging Innovators Campaign homepage

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Posted By Social Edge
On 10 September 2014 - 6:48pm
On 10 September 2014 - 5:56pm

salt-51973_640There are so many things that are packaged within paper, and the waste can be enormous.  I think about the time, manufacturing costs, the transport, the packaging, when we look at individual salt packets.  My guess is, forty granules of salt are contained within a tiny salt packet.  And we’ve got to enclose it with paper, and then put it in another big package to transport it.  There are so many ways that we use paper that are not allowing us to be effective stewards of our environment.

There was an interesting write-up of editorial letters in the San Francisco Chronicle the other day.  In it, one might think people were against plastic bags, and they were.  But they were also against paper bags.  All of the letters ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 10 September 2014 - 12:11pm

A number of key meetings last week and this. First, with Norman Lamb MP, the Care and Support Minister (who will, incidentally, be speaking at our Lib Dem Conference event). He was the politician who made the brave pledge to move people with learning disabilities into the community and away from institutions like Winterbourne. The pledge has not been honoured, and I know he feels deeply about that, but he was right to make the pledge and right to be holding NHS England's feet to the fire (and indeed mine) on achieving it now. I was able to outline the key planks of the work we are doing in the steering group. We discussed the issue of closing facilites: clearly some are not for the NHS to close, but I argued there is a duty to spell out the journey that means we will close institutional care - so that care and support in the community is the norm not the exception. Of course this means we have to ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 10 September 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 10 September 2014 - 5:33am


Members of Canada’s Aboriginal population are at a higher health risk than other Canadians. They are more prone to diabetes and 50 percent more likely to develop heart disease.

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On 9 September 2014 - 5:53pm

schwabacher-landing-72620_640“God, grant me the serenity to accept the 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 ...more

On 9 September 2014 - 12:39pm

Ever since the UK the housing market came into revival mode in since 2013 the home furnishing market is in good times.  In the UK, hundreds of custom made Home Décor and Furnishing accessory markets and shops are providing contemporary furniture suiting every home and decor

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Grand ideas on trendy furniture and home renovation can be had from furniture exhibitions, stores, galleries and interior designers. To reassure the quality of materials and fittings it is advisable to see the quality certification for proving its origin and safety.

Prepare an essential list of necessary furniture such as Couch, Sofa, Table, and Bed etc. While approaching the furniture stores in London, make sure the store is up to the mark and has the capacity to fulfill the requirements. While decorating a house always use innovative ideas than choosing the ...more

Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 8 September 2014 - 7:39pm So – in a few weeks time, #SocialSaturday will be kicking off: one Saturday in September that’s been hijacked to showcase, celebrate, and generally let everyone know how great social enterprises are, and to encourage everyone to do more trade with them. Good idea? Possibly... You see, while in theory I like the idea, other sectors have been doing this type of thing for some time already: international charity day, Manufacturing Day, national freelancers day, and so on... heck ...more

On 8 September 2014 - 7:01pm

jamaica-80749_640“A smile is a blessing…It really doesn’t take that much to live into our blessing and make the world better for each person we encounter during our day.”

This quote is from Mpho Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and an ordained minister herself.  She was quoted in the Christian Science Sentinel, in an article discussing her and her father’s new book, ...more