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Posted By Social Edge
On 4 January 2015 - 1:57am

Globally the number of malaria-related deaths have halved since 2000, according to recent figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). This remarkable progress reflects the success of efforts to scale-up access to preventive and treatment measures, especially in Africa. Yet more than half a million people, mostly children under the age of five, still died from this preventable disease last year.

Currently, the majority of financial and programmatic support from international donors is directed towards improving malaria services and surveillance in the public sector. However, in many countries in Africa and Asia, about half of the ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 3 January 2015 - 4:07pm

Canada has a health crisis, but the good news is that across the country, there’s a growing excitement about solutions that will help people achieve active, healthy lifestyles. Because healthy habits are built early on in life, schools have the potential to make a big impact and are the focus of many of these new initiatives.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 2 January 2015 - 7:16pm

“It builds our leg muscles and we can chat with our friends.” - Raphaël and Julia, children participating in the Trottibus Walking School Bus

In Quebec, more children are walking to school, thanks to the Trottibus Walking School Bus, an initiative first launched by two parents in Outaouais. Trottibus, now an official initiative of the Canadian Cancer Society, aims to enhance the physical and mental well being of children by making walking fun, safe, and easy.

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On 2 January 2015 - 5:05pm

mother-429158_640“What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.” - Pearl Bailey

This popular singer from the 1930s has some wise advice for Silicon Valley. Even from decades ago, her admonition holds true.

Letting relationships rule the day, and how we treat other people.

Making caring partnerships a priority in our workday.

Slowing down and appreciating a stranger as the goal of each day.

Spending time with those you love….rather than that extra hour at work, that extra hour to get your to-do list done.

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What can you do today to do push one less piece of paper, answer one less email, or make one less “like” on ...more

On 2 January 2015 - 1:34pm

If you had to list out all the spaces of your home in their order of importance, your Living Room would probably top the list since this is a high traffic area of your home. Keeping your living room warm and welcoming becomes a priority as you will be entertaining your friends and guests in this place. This is a common place of gathering for the entire family making it an all the more important place of your home.

Play Paired Patterns 

Patterns like floral, check, geometric, stripe, polka-dot, paisley, toile or plaid are a great way to add personality to your living room. Mixing two or three patterns could accentuate your style statement. With proper planning while choosing patterns & colour themes, one can make sure the living room is not looking like a pile of colorful laundry!

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Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 1 January 2015 - 10:00am

One of the great qualities of the co-operative model is the extraordinarily flexible way in which the simple idea of ownership by those involved in the business can be brought to life. It is true that there are many levels at which you can co-operate in a business – to be owned by your customers doesn’t mean that the workplace is a participative one, just as to be owned by your workforce doesn’t mean that your services are always shaped and led by customers. But the five innovations I would pick out for 2015 all have this simplicity at their heart – they offer a simple but radical shift in the way of doing business.

1. Co-operative education. Co-operation is a far richer and more effective organisational model for learning than competition. The extraordinary success of around eight hundred co-operative schools in England, plans in Wales following the 2013 Commission on Co-operatives and Mutuals and the emergence of ‘schools of co-operation’ in Scotland, is only a start. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 1 January 2015 - 9:00am

Thought: 'Life is like many other puzzles – the solution is in re-arranging what you have already been given.' ...more

On 31 December 2014 - 1:16pm

If you want to know what’s been happening in social investment in 2014, the answer is that Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) thinks it’s going brilliantly and I think the market is experiencing a ‘different level of success’. That’s the headline news in Big Society Capital (BSC) CEO, Nick O’Donohoe’s blog-based review of the year.

It’s an honour that O’Donohoe is taking my views into account in his assessment of the current challenges facing his organisation but (while I can’t speak for IDS) he’s wrong to suggest that I’m one the ‘stakeholders’ continuing to ‘judge success or failure by a rather one dimensional yardstick’.

As regular readers will know, the vast majority of my blogs on social investment over the years have explained why the market is failing at ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 31 December 2014 - 9:00am

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On 30 December 2014 - 5:05pm

monk-555391_640“Not as an emblem of suffering, but as an example of faithfulness in the midst of suffering. Job never doubted God.”

-Mennonite Phrase

We are faithful in anything in life — our work, our family, our duties, not simply to do it.  We do it because we cherish the values they represent, or, it supports the people we love.

We go to work because we are impassioned by it and how we can make the world better, whether you are an international diplomat or a garbage man who helps keep our streets and health safe.   We are faithful to cherish others, such as showing up for our grandson’s game or niece’s game, because we love them and want to nurture that love ...more