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On 1 July 2015 - 5:05pm

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Mentally, I sometimes Let It All Go, Each Day. I literally picture myself moving, and it impels action! You realize as your day unfolds how many things you have which you feel iffy about, or just ok. And that’s when they go in the give away bag.

I actually have a giveaway bag now that has its own shelf with the label “Le Don.” That’s French for “The Gift.” So most every week, I am giving something away, which I hope will be considered a gift eagerly used and appreciated by someone else.

I have found Letting It All Go — helps others, and helps my home and heart become simpler, clearer… It’s a gift all ways around.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 1 July 2015 - 4:12pm

(Photo credit: Heart of Man)

WHO? Marcus Noel, 29, the founder of Heart of Man.
WHAT? Heart of Man is an immersive education program and brand that teaches middle and high school students STEAM through entrepreneurship and design.
HOW? Glad you asked.

We’re actually going to not only bring the real world to the classroom but bring the classroom to the real world.

My big vision for this is to create the next generation of innovators and creators.

Three out of four students are telling you that they want to become an entrepreneur and want to start something one day and we don't have an education system to fulfill that. ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 1 July 2015 - 9:35am

CoverThere is a longstanding tradition of alternative economic strategies in the UK.

Many have been at the macro policy level. I have written a few myself in my former time as Director of the New Economics Foundation. They are important as beacons, lighthouses for a different set of policy prescriptions.

But the most important perhaps have been those that have emerged out of practice, and inspired practice in its turn, because they have the chance to be embedded and owned by social movements… the Lucas Aerospace Plan led by Mike Cooley, which inspired a generation of work around technology exchange; the work of the Greater London Enterprise Board (GLEB), with its long term venture funding; or the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Board, backing ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 30 June 2015 - 5:52pm

Assiduous readers of the Blog will realise it's that time of year again, when the Bubb's decamp en mass to Hope Cove in Devon.  I'm here for a long weekend with my siblings, parents and assorted nephews and nieces.  Hope Cove is a gorgeous spot, an idyllic fishing village surrounded by the rolling lush hills of the Devon countryside.  The cliffs are particular spectacular and what's more, they are third sector cliffs.  Owned by the National Trust, which is one of our most treasured environmental charities.


On 30 June 2015 - 5:05pm

Life is Sharing
“There is a wonderful mythical law that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.” – Peyton March

Peyton Conway March (December 27, 1864 -1955) was an American soldier and Army Chief of Staff.  He had enormous influence in preparing America for World War I, and was highly committed to upholding freedom.

March was the son of Francis Andrew March, who was a founder of modern comparative linguistics in English.  He was among the first professors to advocate English be taught in universities.

Peyton March fought in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.  ...more

On 29 June 2015 - 5:05pm


In 1919 Armenian George Gurdjieff founded the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Tbilisi, Georgia, in order to serve men in peace.  Yet Mr. Gurdjieff’s commitment to helping others began with himself. It was about complete self awareness; absorption in meditation; and pushing oneself to a higher attunement to the Spirit.  In so doing, we are then able to be conscious of our own spirituality as foremost in thought.

From that standpoint, we can then go on to help others.  We see everyone connected in spirit.  We wish the best for others as we strive for peace and perfect alignment for spirit for ourselves.  So we focus first on our own spiritual commitment, before we focus on helping other’s spirit, in this wonderful ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 29 June 2015 - 3:55pm

I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother.

By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to think up new ways to raise the income level of our household, as her kids were growing and needed to go to school.

At first, she tried cooking pancakes, hoping to piggy-back on our neighbor who peddled fresh fruit from a pushcart.

But the attempt failed, as our neighbor did not promote the pancakes and instead returned all the unsold products in the evening. My mother gave up her first start-up enterprise after three nights of distributing ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 29 June 2015 - 12:45pm

The recent attention given to fundraising has acted as a wake up call for us to sort out the best possible standards for what we do in asking for money from the public.
I have been spending time consulting my CEO members about how we tackle the issues raised in parts of the media about fundraising practices. ACEVO convened a particularly good breakfast  round table at the Charities Aid Foundation with senior CEOs which helped clarify the actions we need to take. Of course not all my members do public fundraising, many do small amounts, and some of our bigger best loved charities like the Red Cross, BHF, Macmillan and  cancer research charities for example do a lot.
A general consensus has emerged that, while this is not a crisis, we must treat this seriously. As David McCullough of RVS commented , the age of deference is over and people/media are more happy to have a go at institutions of all sorts. It is also clear that there has been no impact in terms of giving and ...more