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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

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 21 July 2015 - 5:46pm

Here’s some good news: The job market, at least for college seniors, has improved. “More than half of 2015 job-seeking graduates received at least one job offer by graduation,” reported the Wall Street Journal. That’s up nearly 50 percent from last year.

 

Businesses are hiring again, for a wide range of skills, not least of which include the increasingly important “Six Cs”: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence. Young talent is out there and they are practiced in these critical, 21st century competencies. That’s exciting!

 

But two things must be noted.

 

First, ...more

On 21 July 2015 - 5:05pm

sky2

“This is no one’s business, but between me, and God.”

Yep. That’s all it comes down to.

Stop worrying  about what someone else thought.

How they would have handled the situation.

Feeling badly about your past.

Wishing…..

  whatever you are wishing.

Let’s get clear on your boss. That’s God, Love, Truth. Not your manager, not your coworker, not your mom, not your favorite uncle, not your roommate, not your husband, not your best friend.

You answer to the largest power in the world. Trust it, love it, cherish your time with it, and go there for all your answers.

–Sunday, December 26, 1998

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Pamela Hawley is ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 21 July 2015 - 4:24pm

In 2014, the world watched as the Ebola virus rapidly spread across West Africa. The countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were simply overtaken by the disease.

While many agencies were on hand to provide emergency medical assistance, one of the biggest challenges faced by the ministries of health in these countries was the lack of a reliable means to reach remote rural communities with treatment, surveillance and education. The Ebola crisis highlighted how a lack of reliable transport can make health systems weak, with devastating consequences.

During the crisis, Riders for Health were on hand to advise the Liberian ministry of health on how to manage their vehicle fleet. Now we’ve established a brand new program in Liberia ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 21 July 2015 - 3:55pm

With the recent surge in the illegal wildlife trade, stories about the fight for survival of endangered species are on the increase. With forest cover quickly disappearing, the oceans growing more polluted, and animal populations dwindling towards extinction, there are only pockets of good news – despite the efforts of conservation organizations and individuals to reverse the trend. Our struggle to co-exist peacefully with nature gets more difficult every day.

Forces driving the problems include a growing human population and increasing competition for land and food, resulting in habitat loss, poaching, depletion of natural resources, pollution, climate change, poor environmental and tourism practices, and disease. These are hard problems just to understand, let alone develop solutions for.

The wildlife conservation ...more