An early morning start but a great breakfast at Roast in Borough Market. This is a brilliant spot in south London, nestling around Southwark Cathedral and selling the absolutely best in food and wines, and much else besides! And it is a social enterprise so the profits are going back into the local community in Lambeth and Southwark.
I was meeting with Carlos Miranda, who runs a very exciting fundraising consultancy, IG Advisors as well as a social media company that provides strategic advice to the sector on how to maximise your social media profile. I told him, ruefully, I'd quite like to manage mine!
It was a struggle to get past the stalls groaning with organic produce and artisan cheeses to get to work, I can tell you. But a really rewarding meeting with Fiona Ritchie from Turning Point and colleagues from the “Ideas Collective" to discuss our “Winterbourne challenge". A good, challenging and helpful session. Rushing from that to a meeting with our ...more
Thought: 'Finding who you are is more important than finding where to go.' ...more
You, me, the night building manager, the cleaners and homeless people all have something in common: We need to be nourished.
The other night, I was helping lead a Full Circle Fund meeting, which is working to provide economic opportunities for people across our world. It’s a wonderful group, focused on providing financial support and volunteer time to help serve the community.
That evening, we had leftover sandwiches from dinner. While I usually take any leftovers from the meetings I attend to homeless people, I thought perhaps I would give myself a rest from it this evening. It was a huge tray I would have to balance, carrying my many bags as well. Yet something made me gather up the sandwiches, and hope there would be someone who would appreciate them.
When I approached the night building manager downstairs, he was a bit hesitant at first… but after positive encouragement he took two and with ...more
I'm up in Cambridge this afternoon with my colleagues from ACEVO, working with the third sector in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to develop a consortium to provide a joined up service on the elderly and people with long term conditions (LTC). We will be working with the health service here. Its exciting work and an example of our sector joining up - not just locally but with specialist national charities in LTC.
We had our first meeting of the steering group on the Winterbourne pledge on Monday. A good session but we are still forming and working out our remit. We agreed we need to make our documents public so we will be putting up the membership, terms of reference and minutes on the NHS England website soon.
We're trying to co-commission a national framework locally delivered that can help ensure better outcomes for people with learning disabilities. And that means moving from an institutional approach to community; from officials to users.
And as I said in my ...more
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities.
About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics and laboratory equipment. By leveraging its purchasing power and emphasizing its role in the sourcing of core health products, the Global Fund is reshaping markets and providing a greater return on its own and donors’ investments. The ...more
“Turn the other cheek” — that’s the teaching that we should carry with us. All violence and all the mayhem and badness in this world will disappear as we all adopt that ancient teaching and wisdom just in our everyday activities and our choices.
For me it’s become very important to meditate two to three hours a day. That’s the only way I’ve gotten answers and returned to the wisdom I experienced during my journey.
Consciousness is the thing that exists. It is the support, the basis on which all of the universe is based. Consciousness is our oneness with the Divine. It is pure God-given love and power.
Our attitude, our mind, our consciousness has tremendous power over our health.
To me, so much of the badness in our world has to do with the fact people don’t love even themselves enough. They don’t realize they are divine beings. This of course is not about being selfish and greedy.
Editor's Note: RLabs, founded by Marlon Parker, is an innovation movement that transforms youth in troubled communities, gangsters, dropouts and ex-convicts, into changemakers. This article was written by Tsega Belachew, Global Content and Senior Engagement Manager for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.