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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 7 July 2014 - 7:49pm

It’s an uncomfortable truth: people are still trapped in slavery, and not just in agriculture and manufacturing, the two sectors that may come to mind immediately. “Both the consumer and industry need to think beyond the tag,” said Arati Sureddi, Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovator and founder of LOTUS Alliance, an organization committed to cutting across sectors to fight human trafficking.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 7 July 2014 - 5:53pm

Editor's Note: In partnership with Fair Observer, an on-line journal that examines the deeper issues behind the news, we will explore the theme: Who is responsible for addressing youth employment in Africa? From June-September 2014, we will be developing online events and a series of articles that will gather multiple perspectives and provide a 360° analysis on the topic.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 7 July 2014 - 11:58am


Driving up to Charlbury on Friday we had the latest Dolly Parton CD "Blue Water" on. Did you see her at Glastonbury?  I did - or at least virtually via the dear old BBC (too old to actually go to these things now!). She is not just a good singer but a source of wisdom. I remember wanting to use one of her homely homilies in a lecture I was writing but my then Director, one Ralph Michell, was disapproving. He's now at the Cabinet Office where I'm sure they don't do Dolly.
Here are some of my favourites.
"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain".
"Storms make trees take deeper roots".
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails".
It was a pretty glorious weekend in Charlbury. It's such a delight to move from the pollution of London  to the purer air of the Cotswolds. Walking the Hound down the Mill Stream I was reminded of just how beautiful our English countryside is; the bird song was joined by the ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 7 July 2014 - 9:00am

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On 4 July 2014 - 3:47pm

The Tour de France’s much trumpeted Grand Départ from Leeds gave Yorkshire’s largest city a rare moment in the international sporting limelight. Well that was the plan. The weather may have played its part, but there’s no getting away from the efforts that those involved went to in a bid to promote their city and...

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On 4 July 2014 - 3:42pm

Have you ever tried out a system for horse racing betting? Many of us have and most of us have tried and failed. But many have succeeded – particularly since the advent of the exchanges which have, to a certain extent anyway, levelled the playing field for gamblers. One way of taking whatever system you...

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Posted By Social Edge
On 3 July 2014 - 7:26pm

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines, displacing entire communities in its path. The catastrophic destruction drew a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, and immediate relief efforts ensued.

When I recently visited Tanauan, Leyte—one of the three municipalities hardest hit by the typhoon—driving through the streets, it was apparent that the task at hand shifted to long-term recovery. This focus on rebuilding has now placed us in a position to think about how we can best support and coordinate efforts to bring together private, governmental and humanitarian sectors to transition efforts from relief to the complex task of rebuilding lives, homes and communities.

As public and private funders consider how to best leverage resources, Citi and the Citi Foundation’s work with the ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 3 July 2014 - 9:00am

You are not a failure; you are someone preparing to succeed. ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 2 July 2014 - 7:43pm

What happens when an engineer meets a climate change expert? This is the story of One Earth Designs, a social enterprise that develops sustainable solutions responding to the need of the rural communities in the Himalayas.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 2 July 2014 - 2:37pm

It’s the start of the Holy month of Ramadan and this is the key time for Muslim charities to fundraise. Yesterday I met the CEOs of Islamic Relief and Muslim Aid, the 2 biggest Islamic charities in the UK, together with the head of the Muslim Charities Forum. The issues they raised disturbed me.
This is the time when Muslims obey the injunctions of the Koran to give.
"O you who believe, you shall give to charity from the good things you earnt and from what we have produced for you from the earth."
Indeed there is a more formal injunction on a Muslim to pay what is termed as "obligatory charity" in the Koran, know as the zakat. Although the exact amount is not defined in the Koran, the Muslim practice is to give 2.5% of income. 
It’s exactly like the idea of the Government's giving pledge but set at a higher level; not 1% but 2.5%. An example to us all.
The Islamic charitable tradition is a noble one, and around the Islamic world one sees ancient ...more