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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 3 December 2014 - 3:07pm

Well, there not much about the Autumn Statement that had not already been announced. Underlying the Statement is the fact that over the next Parliament we face more massive retrenchment of public spending, against a darkening fundraising environment. Yes there are opportunities, but the money continues to be tight. And getting tighter.

The Chancellor has made some promising noises but he is guilty of one fatal error. He neglects the vital role of the third sector to building a healthy society and economy. His announcements on national infrastructure said nothing about local, community or third sector infrastructure. In his drive for a budget surplus, we are concerned that he will jeopardise already-decimated local services further. This will harm not only our nation’s sense of togetherness but our economic productivity as well.

As we stated in our 2015 General Election Manifesto, ‘Free Society’, charities are the nation’s ‘other social safety net’. The next government ...more

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

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On 2 December 2014 - 5:05pm

fitness-332278_640Promise Yourself, by Christian D. Larson

Promise Yourself is a beautiful list of 10 Positives we should “Promise Ourselves.”   The piece allows us to embrace life fully by expecting the best and clearing away anything that might hold us back.    It’s healthy for our minds and hearts.

Here’s your second one, below. I hope you will practice it with me today!  Please let me know your thoughts and how it affects your day, your life, and the people around you.

Promise yourself
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

 

Christian D. Larson (1874 – 1962) was a New Thought ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 2 December 2014 - 10:43am

After the frenzy, the scuffles and injuries of ‘Black Friday’, a more benign American import hits today: ‘Giving Tuesday’. It's is an antidote to the excesses of pre-Christmas consumerism. It encourages people, charities and businesses to give time and money to help others, or to speak out for a good cause. ‎A chance to show the real spirit of Christmas - not shopping but giving.
The Charities Aid Foundation says we’re the sixth most generous country in the world. Our magnificent charitable tradition is one of our greatest unsung exports to the world. And CAF are to be congratulated for bringing this tradition here to the UK. ACEVO is proud to be one of the founding partners. 
Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to help promote charities and their work. The idea is spreading around the world – to countries as far apart as Canada, Australia, Mexico, Israel and Singapore. In the UK more than 750 businesses, charities and organisations have signed up as partners. 
The ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 1 December 2014 - 10:31pm

The avoidable deaths of 13 women following sterilization operations in Chhattisgarh, one of the poorest states of India, have understandably shaken up health care providers across the world. Was this a one-off event or was it emblematic of something more serious? The deaths could have happened elsewhere and gone unnoticed – they attracted attention because the victims were treated as part of a mass sterilization “camp”.

An investigative team has produced a report and heads will undoubtedly roll as part of a punitive response. But will the response correct fundamental deficiencies in health care provision in India and beyond?

Unfortunately it will not. In a large system where inefficiencies can ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 1 December 2014 - 10:22pm

Between October 27 and December 5, support IDEI in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise.

Ram Ugrah lost his leg in a road accident but he says that he has successfully overcome the disability through the help of his treadle pump, a low-cost irrigation device that he uses to irrigate his small farm.

He has overcome a major obstacle faced by millions of smallholder farmers, the challenge of accessing water for irrigation. International Development Enterprises India (IDEI) has promoted treadle pumps in India over the last two decades – around 1.3 million farmers have purchased the irrigation device and have seen their lives transformed.

Out of around 118 million farming households in India, roughly 86 percent are ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 1 December 2014 - 10:17pm

Between October 27 and December 5, support Nidan in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise.

Due to open defecation millions of Indians are prone to ill health, threats to their safety, reduced productivity and lower earning potential, resulting in a deepening cycle of poverty – all for want of basic sanitation facilities.

“Globally, India continues to be the country with the highest number of people (597 million people) practicing open defecation,” says a recent UN report. Growing slum populations and a lack of adequate sanitation force more than half a billion people to defecate in the open every day. The poor bear the worst ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 1 December 2014 - 9:53pm

Between October 27 and December 5, support CIDA in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise.

How do we empower the youth of South Africa to not only become future leaders but also to uplift their communities, provide for their families and pull themselves out of the cycle of poverty?

The Community & Individual Development Association (CIDA) founded the Maharishi Institute (MI) in Johannesburg because we believe that the answer to this question lies in education. Youth unemployment is one of the greatest socio-economic problems facing South Africa, leading to tremendous suffering – crime, violence, abuse of women and children, and societal instability.

South Africa has the ...more

On 1 December 2014 - 4:59pm

peaceful-442070_640Promise Yourself, by Christian D. Larson

“Promise Yourself” is a beautiful list of 10 Positives we should “Promise Ourselves.”   The piece allows us to embrace life fully by expecting the best and clearing away anything that might hold us back.    It’s healthy for our minds and hearts.

Here’s your first one, below. I hope you will practice it with me today!  Please let me know your thoughts and how it affects your day, your life, and the people around you.

Promise yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

 

Christian D. Larson (1874 – 1962) was a New Thought leader ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 1 December 2014 - 1:00pm

In Indonesia, where forests are being destroyed at the highest rates in the world, an untapped solution exists for balancing conservation with economic expansion.

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com.

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