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Posted By Social Edge
On 16 March 2015 - 2:09am

Tanzania is home to some of the most stunning wildlife on the planet. Nature enthusiasts from all over the world flock to the iconic Serengeti National Park, hoping to catch a glimpse of the great wildebeest migration, or any number of other breathtaking spectacles. Yet while Tanzania is best known for expanses of savanna grasslands, its network of dense dryland forests are an equally important conservation concern.

These forests not only serve as critical habitat for elephant, giraffe, rhino, African buffalo, leopard and lion populations, but they also play an indispensable role in the fight against climate change. As trees grow they pull carbon dioxide out of the air and store it in their roots, trunks and branches. When trees are cut down and forests are cleared or burned, this sequestered carbon is released back into the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 15 March 2015 - 11:43pm

It is often said that trees – especially our tropical rainforests – are the lungs of the Earth. And so they are.

Trees store carbon, but when forests are cleared that carbon is released into the atmosphere, where it mixes with oxygen to create carbon dioxide (CO2) – the most prevalent greenhouse gas warming the planet. With deforestation and degradation of existing forests currently causing more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire global transportation sector, protecting forests is critical to curbing climate change.

Fortunately, we have a mechanism for saving our trees. It’s called REDD+ (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), and it allows people in wealthier countries to offset their own carbon pollution by paying people in tropical ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 13 March 2015 - 10:00pm

"Go beyond making the problem go away for some people; instead, build a solution through which the problem becomes irrelevant" has been the guiding adage for how Ashoka selects Fellows. We have always focused on finding people who we call “systems-changing social entrepreneurs.” Bill Drayton’s most famous quote still rings true in this way: We know it’s time to move beyond the “teach a man to fish” model, and find those who will “reinvent the entire fishing industry.”

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On 13 March 2015 - 6:00pm


“Love is a spirit all compact of fire,
Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire.”
– William Shakespeare

Love is gentle and soft.

Yet Love is also filled with fire, energy, excitement and hope!

It doesn’t sink or weigh down.

No–  It is lighting up everything it touches!    it is going up!   Ascending, ascending!

And the beautiful thing is that Love, the simple, pure, inspired Love, takes us with it.

Live Love today.    Ascend with fire, energy, enthusiasm today. Adore your day.  And the people in it.

We are so fortunate to not just be alive, but to live love today ...more

On 13 March 2015 - 1:52pm

Using old woods is becoming the new trend. It can be reused in a lot of ways, whether to use it to make a bed, cabinets, or even flooring. Having wooden furniture can really make a statement to your house, but reusing old wood for the furniture? That is not simply a statement, it is also a symbol of history.

Reusing reclaimed teak for furniture is equivalent to saving our mother Earth by not cutting trees. The woods are being gathered from old structures that were about to be demolished, and are recycled by highly skilled worker, creating an extraordinaire furniture, giving the old wood a new life.

It is very nice to own a furniture that was built using a material from the past. You can have it anywhere in your house; pantry, bedroom, living room, bathroom, garden, you name it. Reclaimed Teak is from old growth forest, in which the colours darken and mature older. The furniture build ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 13 March 2015 - 6:43am

Indonesian Sign Language Dictionary & Learning Application Wins International Social Entrepreneur Challenge

Today, March 12th 2015, Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka announced the winner of the ‘Makers of More’ international challenge for social entrepreneurs. Indonesian based, Dreambender was selected as the overall winner from over 300 entries received from 45 countries across the world. 

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Posted By Social Edge
On 13 March 2015 - 2:53am

The Global Innovation Summit – one of a seemingly endless number of meetings in the Bay Area with the name “innovation” in the title – might well serve its namesake.  As part of my job as director of the Skoll World Forum, I am required to seek out the best ways to bring people together, either in serendipitous or engineered ways, that create significant value for those attending.

And so, I and 1,000 others from over 50 countries attended this event February 17-19 in San Jose. Speakers included Skoll Awardee Sakena Yacoobi of Afghan Institute of Learning, Founder of Aramex ...more

On 12 March 2015 - 5:00pm

Priority- After school program for kids in Nicaragua - croppedI was recently interviewed by Peter Shi, a current student of Duke University (Go Duke!). It was great speaking with him and sharing my experiences as a social entrepreneur. My goal is to always be able to inspire others to find their path and their calling, and I hope that my words below can help in making that happen.

Our Conversation with Pamela Hawley  –  By Peter Shi T’16

Peter: Tell us about how your role models have shaped you to become the person who you are today.

Pamela: I was raised in sunny Menlo Park in a loving ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 12 March 2015 - 10:00am

Thought: 'Only the present has any reality.' ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 12 March 2015 - 8:43am

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The Makers of More expert judges have spoken!


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