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Posted By Social Edge
On 6 April 2014 - 11:00pm

Thomas Perkins, the famed Silicon Valley venture capitalist, has been the subject of significant press attention recently. In an open letter to the Wall Street Journal, he drew a comparison between Nazi Germany and criticisms of the now infamous “one per cent” of über-wealthy Americans who control inordinate wealth and socio-economic power.

While his firm distanced itself quickly from Perkins’s comments, he took a few days to do so, apologizing for his specific comparison to Kristallnacht”, but reconfirming that he still stands by the message of his letter: “Any time the majority starts to demonize the minority,”no matter what it is, it’s wrong and dangerous and no good comes from it ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 4 April 2014 - 10:20pm

 

As a Canadian, mother, gen Y-er, kinesiology graduate, and consultant in the social innovation space, my perspective on the potential for wellness throughout this country is one of hope. I have been inspired by the blending of social entrepreneurship and health, inclusive of sport, nutrition, wellness, and more, to delve into the emerging field of social innovation.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 4 April 2014 - 10:20pm

 

As a Canadian, mother, gen Y-er, kinesiology graduate, and consultant in the social innovation space, my perspective on the potential for wellness throughout this country is one of hope. I have been inspired by the blending of social entrepreneurship and health, inclusive of sport, nutrition, wellness, and more, to delve into the emerging field of social innovation.

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Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 4 April 2014 - 7:38pm

I was following an enterprise start-up awards ceremony on twitter recently that had sought applications from people who felt they had great ideas for a new venture, to be considered for being the recipient of a relatively small grant to support their start-up needs. There are always programmes such as this running somewhere, all with different priorities and criterion for applicants and would-be entrepreneurs, but how much do they actually help?  Setting up any new venture takes time and involves risk – anything we do during this critical stage has to assure us of the best possible return for our investment of all-too-precious time: applying for a grant/award takes valuable time, and is inherently risky: not just in outcome, but also with the conditions that will invariably be ...more

On 4 April 2014 - 5:05pm

“We can’t afford to think that tribalism is a problem that exists somewhere else.  It is in our own backyards, and needs to be healed there.”

Tribalism isn’t an ancient practice.  And it’s not obsolete — yet.  But you can be a part of making tribalism nonexistent.

Examine your day, your thoughts, your relationships. Where are you participating in an exclusive group?  It could be formal — or in your mind. It could a judgment about someone else that separates them away from you.

But we cannot be separated.   Remove yourself from your tribe, and embrace all in borderless love.

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Posted By Social Edge
On 4 April 2014 - 12:33pm

Earlier this year, a 13-year-old girl left her parents’ home in Kanpur, India in the late hours of the night and never returned. The next day, her body was found naked, with broken limbs. She had been raped and murdered. The girl hadn’t left home on a late night adventure, to meet up with friends or go to a party. She had left because there was no toilet at home, and her only option for relief was to go outside.

This incident, while truly horrifying, is far from isolated. In the Indian state of Bihar, for example, where almost 70 percent of rural households have no access to a toilet, most cases of rape of women and girls happen when they are forced to defecate out in the open. There is a lot of work to be done to get at the root causes of endemic violence against women, but in the meantime ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 4 April 2014 - 12:26pm

Despite huge effort over decades to address the chronic issues of development un rural Africa by charities, the private sector and for-profit organizations people in people in developing countries still lack access to the most basic services. This is no surprise. In areas of market failure, where there is no profit yet to be made, for-profit organizations can’t operate. At the same time the public sector often lacks the expertise to run certain services, and has to operate on a restricted budget.

But this is where social enterprise can bridge the gap. They are showing that organizations that share a bottom line that is financial, social and environmental can have a transformative impact. They can use the financial discipline of business, while taking risks, freed from the need to make profit. It means social enterprise can make ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 4 April 2014 - 12:16pm

After three trips to South Africa as an undergraduate, Eva Koehler knew she wanted to pursue a career in international health and development. Seeking additional concrete skills before working abroad, she pursued a Masters in Public Health. After graduating, though, Eva found herself without the financial resources to accommodate a long job search for an organization that would hire a young professional with relatively little experience to work overseas – and to pay them. She began working at the Boston Public Health Commission to gain exposure in the administration of health programs, while looking for opportunities abroad.

Eva’s predicament is familiar to every development professional: jobs in the field require experience, but few organizations offer positions to candidates without previous experience. Years of internships, a ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 4 April 2014 - 11:32am

Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and insight. Now in its 11th year, the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, which takes place April 9-11 in Oxford, England, is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

While every session will be recorded, polished and ultimately posted online, the Forum will be live-streaming the opening plenary, our annual ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 4 April 2014 - 11:07am


My team interrupted my Australian holiday last night to let me know some good news from SW1. At long last the Labour Party have committed to repeal the dreadful Lobbying Act if they win power in 2015. Good on Ed.
We’ve spoken with Angela Eagle’s office a lot recently, and I wrote in February to all three party leaders to urge them to commit their parties to repeal. David Cameron wrote back to promise that the act “will only apply to third-party organisations or charities who spend money to procure the electoral success of a particular political party or candidate”. But he didn’t commit to replacing the Act with a better-drafted law. Now Labour have gone one better.
Labour’s commitment means the other parties must ...more