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Posted By Social Edge
On 28 July 2015 - 1:39am

“We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.”

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also experiment by becoming social entrepreneurs and social innovators.

RECODE targets many goals, from education ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 28 July 2015 - 12:54am

As the world rallies behind the soon-to-be finalized Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to stay focused on our bottom line – saving lives. We are especially focused on increasing access to proven interventions that save children’s lives – a lot of lives. And interventions that have the potential to save thousands more every year.

Thanks to increased investments in global health in the last 25 years, we have seen dramatic improvements in child health – the number of children dying has been cut in half since 1990. It is unconscionable that children are still dying by the hundreds of thousands every year from diseases that are preventable and curable. The fact is that one in ...more

On 27 July 2015 - 5:05pm

On the streets of Indonesia, children often compete, gang against gang, in violent war.  Many of them don’t have a home, much less a bed, to call their own. But a new night life is emerging in Indonesia.

Starting at 10 pm until 5 am, many cafes, which have internet access and computers, are hosting street children.  They provide a special offer to “spend their time online with a cup of coffee and a piece of bread.”  It costs just one dollar.

Instead of becoming involved in crime, or being the victim of one, now children are able to find a safe haven.  They can not only protect themselves, but also grow their future.  Children are connecting with their peers in other countries…they are practicing new languages…finding new friendships which are caring and nonviolent.

Would that we could find a safe haven for every one of us; one that provides a hot beverage, a morsel of food, protection and the opportunity to connect with others in a kind and caring way.  Who ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 27 July 2015 - 9:00am

This week's slogan ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 23 July 2015 - 5:38pm

Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues.

The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation.

There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap: ...more

  • Unrealized demand. Most people understand the importance of clean water for wellbeing, but there is often a lack of understanding about why
On 23 July 2015 - 5:05pm

coffesmile

We aren’t in the coffee business, serving people.

We’re in the people business, serving coffee.

–Nabi Saleh, Gloria Jean’s Coffee

You have a product.

You have a service.

You want more people in the world to know about them. That’s understandable.

But the way to increase awareness is to care about that person— not your product.

So if you are serving coffee,

providing a car washing service,

giving a haircut,

or investment advice,

counseling a student on colleges,

giving and executive report to the president of the United States…

Find out who they are… care… ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 23 July 2015 - 2:40am

Feeding Forward is a mobile application that is on the frontlines of a battle against food wastage in the United States. Since its launch in 2013 the app has helped recover more than 690,000 pounds of food to feed more than 570,000 homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Feeding Forward won the AngelHack Silicon Valley Hackathon in 2012.

This innovative solution is yet another example of how technology is triggering social change. But it also reflects a growing trend: collective citizen impact. Indeed, citizens from all walks of life and sectors are hacking socio-economic problems – whether local, regional or global.

Hacking for good

Hackathons offer ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 23 July 2015 - 2:28am

“Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity.”

With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off last week’s Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September, and the Paris conference on climate change in December.

One of the most significant changes since the declaration of the Millennium Development Goals, set to conclude this year, is that the private sector is ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 22 July 2015 - 7:00pm

Durham Police will not pursue low level crime ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 22 July 2015 - 9:00am

This week's video ...more