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Posted By Social Edge
On 1 December 2014 - 9:53pm

Between October 27 and December 5, support CIDA in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise.

How do we empower the youth of South Africa to not only become future leaders but also to uplift their communities, provide for their families and pull themselves out of the cycle of poverty?

The Community & Individual Development Association (CIDA) founded the Maharishi Institute (MI) in Johannesburg because we believe that the answer to this question lies in education. Youth unemployment is one of the greatest socio-economic problems facing South Africa, leading to tremendous suffering – crime, violence, abuse of women and children, and societal instability.

South Africa has the ...more

On 1 December 2014 - 4:59pm

peaceful-442070_640Promise Yourself, by Christian D. Larson

“Promise Yourself” is a beautiful list of 10 Positives we should “Promise Ourselves.”   The piece allows us to embrace life fully by expecting the best and clearing away anything that might hold us back.    It’s healthy for our minds and hearts.

Here’s your first one, below. I hope you will practice it with me today!  Please let me know your thoughts and how it affects your day, your life, and the people around you.

Promise yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.


Christian D. Larson (1874 – 1962) was a New Thought leader ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 1 December 2014 - 1:00pm

In Indonesia, where forests are being destroyed at the highest rates in the world, an untapped solution exists for balancing conservation with economic expansion.

This article originally appeared on

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Posted By Social Edge
On 1 December 2014 - 3:07am

While the label “corporate social intrapreneur” is a torturous construction, behind it lies an idea that is easy to understand: seeking social and environmental change by trying to change the way companies work. Corporate social intrapreneurs – as opposed to many of their colleagues in CSR or sustainability departments – often work without an internal mandate, but rather pursue positive social change through their own individual agency. Think of them as “activist employees.” They may help companies develop new product lines or become better citizens, or they might try to change parts or all of a company’s strategy or positioning.

For six years I took on such a role – with frankly limited success – at a European energy company, ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 1 December 2014 - 2:52am

Years of hard work building a thriving social enterprise are starting to pay off for VisionSpring. This year, we expect to generate an estimated $1.6 million in earned income from the sale of eyeglasses, and our business units are currently averaging nearly 70 percent cost coverage.

Moreover, we have a loyal cohort of individuals and institutions that support our work through grants and donations needed to fill the gap between earned income and operating expenses.

As a hybrid social enterprise, both earned income and philanthropy are critical to VisionSpring’s success in bringing affordable eyeglasses to the base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) consumer.

In 2001, when plans for VisionSpring were being drawn up, we ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 1 December 2014 - 2:41am

Between October 27 and December 5, support mothers2mothers in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise.

In 2011, world leaders took on pediatric AIDS, a pandemic that has infected almost five million children with HIV. The United Nations Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive focused its efforts on sub-Saharan Africa, where 90 percent of children infected with HIV are born.

One of the strategies highlighted in the Global Plan is the Mentor Mother Model. The model was first launched by mothers2mothers (m2m), an Africa-based NGO that trains and employs mothers living with HIV as Mentor Mothers to work alongside ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 1 December 2014 - 2:34am

Between October 27 and December 5, support WSUP in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise.

What is the value of a toilet? “Boma ni choo – a toilet defines a homestead!” says Nduta, 30, a landlord in Naivasha, Kenya. She is now seeing her tenants return, after they vacated her 13-unit property three months ago because of the poor state of their shared toilet.

Nduta, who also lives on the plot, said, “The previous toilet was old. My parents built it in the nineties and it hadn’t been improved since. The walls were made of plastic sheets and the wooden slab kept rotting and we could have easily fallen into the pit. When my tenants started leaving, I asked them why and ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 27 November 2014 - 9:00am

Thought: 'Someone cares that you show you care.' ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 26 November 2014 - 7:12pm

If you spent more than an hour submitting an entry to a competition for solutions to sustainability challenges, why would you then also volunteer to spend more time writing reviews of other people’s competition entries?

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