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On 30 April 2015 - 5:05pm

addtext_com_MTgxODExMTQxNzIyThere are few times I disobey my grandmother.

Oma asked me, in a beautiful and simple letter, not to go down to South Central anymore.
I can’t do that, Oma.

It’s funny because for so long you and Opa wondered: “You love people, and service, so much we don’t understand why you don’t go into “volunteer work.” Well I am in the process of becoming a journalist now, and it is my “service” work.

Your letter said that I should be devoted to school, but my inner city work is part of my schooling. Besides, I’ve been close to the teens at the Weingart YMCA.

The ranch style house we live in, much less the neighborhood I grew up in, are palaces, for these teens, and becoming more so for ...more

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

There is almost always another chance. ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 30 April 2015 - 5:31am

WHAT’S SO FUNNY? THE ROLE OF COMEDY IN SOCIAL CHANGE
FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00

Among the many entertaining episodes at this year’s Forum was a panel on the role of comedy in social change. For all the presenters, humor makes their messages more palatable, but how it works is slightly different in each case.

Breaking taboos

Talking or hearing about bodily functions in public is awkward, and ...more

On 29 April 2015 - 5:05pm

496500_17955004Call me I answer in tones you do not recognize
My focus is sharp though distraction may reign
it is Known, be believed; no further strenuous chastise
the intangible simply, come promisingly to gain

I am not body not soul not spirit divide
I am One I am woman I am completed to decide

I walk in with boldness walking no where
I walk with a height with a definite care
Again with a crawl I am subservient to me
So I rise up again, from my own knee
I stretch and I grasp and I climb just to see
What is truthfully undecidedly come promisingly me.

Tell me your stories of woman — I see
Tell me your though of the woman — supposedly me

But I know the source ...more

On 29 April 2015 - 4:38pm

I haven’t been blogging much over the past few months, due to my work on the (now published) report of The Alternative Commission on Social Investment. There’s been lots of reports, events and launches during that time that are worth catching up so, while I’ll also hopefully be responding to new stuff, I’m going to be posting a few delayed responses to February and March’s biggest stories!

Those tracking the rise of ‘big data’ will have been particularly interested in this Civil Society story from early March, which saw Directory of Social Change boss Debra ...more

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

This week's video ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 29 April 2015 - 5:37am

SCALING SOCIAL IMPACT: FROM EXPLORATION TO ACTION
FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00

by Dalumuzi H. Mhlanga

In his book Moral Lives of Leadership, Robert Cole writes about a profound conversation he had with an inspiring woman who had worked very closely with some of the most recognized leaders of the twentieth century. He writes, “I had my (psychoanalytic) doubts about anyone’s selflessness, and she made clear she understood what I suppose could be called, ironically, ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 29 April 2015 - 5:24am

THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15

“Fuelled by cocktails, bloody-mindedness, and wanting to move people and act to make change” was what unified the panelists and moderator in this session. Each panelist talked about the story they were currently telling and the impact it has had or the impact they hope it will have.

The power of storytelling for social change has been discussed at the Skoll World Forum for many years. Film, art, and narratives can bring about change by bringing voices otherwise overshadowed or forgotten to ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 29 April 2015 - 5:08am

CITIES: ENGINES OF TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE
FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15

Innovation happens at the intersection of ideas and cities – this was one of Benjamin Barber’s opening comments. Barber observed that, compared to states, cities are better able to foster citizen participation and encourage meaningful local change.

This type of local change can have far-reaching impacts, well beyond the city where it was first implemented. The session brought forward many innovative and useable tips on how to bring about city-level change, applicable in all contexts. ...more

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