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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 30 July 2015 - 7:54pm

I bought my six-year-old daughter a Black & Decker LI3100 Compact Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Screwdriver. I tell her it's critical for defending our Tampa, Florida neighborhood against the coming zombie apocalypse.

Credit Rob van Nood and his design-thinking-heavy Tinker Camp in Portland, Oregon, for the zombie angle. It's a brilliant mechanism for adding urgency and creative play to a curriculum straight out of the maker movement. My kids (ages six, four, and one) can't seem to get enough. They contemplate our house's vulnerabilities and imagine tactics that zombies might use to break the perimeter. They take seriously their obligation to protect our family.

The Tinker Camp approach is perfectly emblematic of the convention-overturning strategies that ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 30 July 2015 - 7:39pm

Indeed, educator-innovators like Ashoka Fellow Vishal Talreja argue that incorporating playful learning into their trainings with educators is a very practical approach. It has helped them achieve major turnarounds in the quality of education, making the learning process more engaging to help young people pick up the life skills they'll need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Talreja and his staff have designed the Dream a Dream program in Bangalore, India to teach life skills, including leadership, to more than 50,000 underprivileged young people under 18 by ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 30 July 2015 - 9:00am

Even when the goal is not clear , it is still there ...more

On 29 July 2015 - 5:05pm


Seek… empathy 
Slow down… to emphasize good 
Share… encouragement
Grey T. Full

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 29 July 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 28 July 2015 - 1:39am

“We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.”

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also experiment by becoming social entrepreneurs and social innovators.

RECODE targets many goals, from education ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 28 July 2015 - 12:54am

As the world rallies behind the soon-to-be finalized Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to stay focused on our bottom line – saving lives. We are especially focused on increasing access to proven interventions that save children’s lives – a lot of lives. And interventions that have the potential to save thousands more every year.

Thanks to increased investments in global health in the last 25 years, we have seen dramatic improvements in child health – the number of children dying has been cut in half since 1990. It is unconscionable that children are still dying by the hundreds of thousands every year from diseases that are preventable and curable. The fact is that one in ...more

On 27 July 2015 - 5:05pm

On the streets of Indonesia, children often compete, gang against gang, in violent war.  Many of them don’t have a home, much less a bed, to call their own. But a new night life is emerging in Indonesia.

Starting at 10 pm until 5 am, many cafes, which have internet access and computers, are hosting street children.  They provide a special offer to “spend their time online with a cup of coffee and a piece of bread.”  It costs just one dollar.

Instead of becoming involved in crime, or being the victim of one, now children are able to find a safe haven.  They can not only protect themselves, but also grow their future.  Children are connecting with their peers in other countries…they are practicing new languages…finding new friendships which are caring and nonviolent.

Would that we could find a safe haven for every one of us; one that provides a hot beverage, a morsel of food, protection and the opportunity to connect with others in a kind and caring way.  Who ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 27 July 2015 - 9:00am

This week's slogan ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 23 July 2015 - 5:38pm

Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues.

The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation.

There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap: ...more

  • Unrealized demand. Most people understand the importance of clean water for wellbeing, but there is often a lack of understanding about why