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Posted By Social Edge
On 15 June 2015 - 2:00pm

I decided to embrace a new nickname I acquired at the 2015 Skoll World Forum – “The Coding Pyjama Girl.” Before I got the email inviting me to join the 2015 Young Leaders Initiative, I didn’t know about the program. By the end, I was known as the girl who is helping young women learn new skills from home by teaching them to code.  I looked at the invitation, and being true to my strength, which is OPTIMISM, I accepted the challenge.

Some would say my journey to the Skoll World Forum was doomed from the start. From a delayed flight that made me miss my connection, to spending a day in Dubai, to my very interesting arrival in Oxford the next day. Despite the bumpy beginning, I wanted to be true to my strongest instinct, so I made a decision to leave those ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 15 June 2015 - 9:00am

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On 14 June 2015 - 5:05pm


Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman: “It is only a slight exaggeration to say that happiness is the experience of spending time with people you love and who love you.”

Gifts and giving.  We associate so much of that with happiness.  Yet our one true Happiness is Loving Others.  Oh that sweet presence to just be around those we cherish and feel at home with!


Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist and Nobel laureate.  He is known for his work in the psychology of decision-making.  He was born in Tel Aviv, spent his childhood in France, and moved to Israel in the late 1940s.  He studied psychology at ...more

On 13 June 2015 - 5:05pm


“Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can.”

– John Wesley


John Wesley (1703-1791) was the founder of the Methodist movement, along with his brother Charles. Wesley went to Christ Church College, Oxford, and taught at Oxford’s Lincoln College.  He preached in Georgia, and throughout England, giving over 40,000 sermons in his lifetime.  One of Wesley’s best-known doctrines is that of “salvation by faith.”  He also emphasized striving for “Christian Perfection,” where ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 12 June 2015 - 8:13pm

As we enter another summer of record heat and news of accelerating climate change, there are also signs of hope. They’re coming not from the big players gearing up for the Paris climate talks, but from states and provinces around the world, mostly in tropical forest countries, already doing the hard work of stopping climate change and building resilient, sustainable communities.

These leaders come from places like Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico, whose lush forests are critical to slowing climate change, and where deforestation, if unchecked, is a major threat to climate stability. Many of them have already committed to reduce 80 percent of deforestation-related emissions by 2020 under the ...more

On 12 June 2015 - 5:05pm


“We carry our weather around with us.” – Stephen Covey

What a wonderful encouragement from Stephen Covey. No matter if our day seems cloudy or rainy, either from the outside weather or from tough news or a challenging day, we determine our weather.

We establish the climate outlook of our minds, conversations… We shape the weather pattern of our communications; we forecast the rain, sun or clouds of our expectations. We are in charge of our own weather, and our weather determines our hopes for the future.

Thank you, Stephen, for your life devoted to one of encouragement and positivity.

Stephen Covey is a speaker and author, ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 12 June 2015 - 4:49pm

David Anderson QC has published a weighty report on his review of terrorism legislation. At 379 pages, it's quite a read.  But what I found fascinating is that he devotes a whole chapter to civil society. Chapter 12. It’s worth a read.
His general approach to our sector is very wise. It’s one that the Government would do well to heed, when they are wondering about the value of civil society campaigning. His words could almost have come out of ACEVO’s 2015 election manifesto, which highlighted the need for government to safeguard a ‘free society’, for the sake of informed public debate and good quality laws. He said:
“A wise legislator will proceed however on the basis that the legal framework governing investigatory powers must be sufficiently robust to satisfy not only ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 12 June 2015 - 2:00pm

My train journey from London to the Skoll World Forum in Oxford started, and I really didn’t know what to expect.  I had an overwhelming feeling of self-doubt. Reading over the profiles of the other Young Leaders I would soon meet, I continued to question myself….Why had I been chosen as a Young Leader? I had managed to convince myself that the other young people were more impressive than me, and quite frankly, that I didn’t deserve to be a Young Leader at the Skoll World Forum.

Meeting the Young Leaders and facilitators instantly eased my doubts.  From the moment we met, we were sharing stories and ideas, and learning things that we could take back to our own projects and work.  It was clear that whilst we are all from very ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 11 June 2015 - 5:19pm

The Chair of the Charity Commission said in a speech this week that the sector is in ‘crisis’. 

This is very disappointing. I would expect the charity regulator to rise above the noise of the tabloids, and make the public case for charities’ work. Their speeches should extol the importance of charities and the vital contribution we make. They should be telling people what they are doing to help us with the work we do.

Firm regulation is a part of the Charity Commission’s and its chair’s job. But just as important is their job to speak out for and support the organisations they regulate. At the very least, they should be leading the public debate, not following the lead set by lurid coverage in the press.

I certainly don’t think it is the Chair of the Charity Commission’s job to court national controversy for the sector he is ...more

On 11 June 2015 - 5:05pm

Overcoming Obstacles Message Series

“You have to make things happen. There are bumps in the road: my agent, my weight, an industry looking for cool girls more than a commercial look. These are hurdles, and you have to find your way. You have to find out: How do I fit in here?

— Heidi Klum, quoted in Elle Magazine


Heidi Klum, born in 1973 in Germany, is a supermodel, actress, businesswoman, and television producer. She produces and hosts the award-winning reality television show Project Runway and has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire. She became widely known after appearing as a ...more