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On 11 August 2014 - 12:33pm

My family and I have been visiting Wales for many years including many of the countries beautiful gardens open to the public such as Bodnant. We had family holidays in Aberdovey until the children grew into adolescents and could not be persuaded to go crab fishing anymore although they still talk fondly of their childhood […] ...more

On 11 August 2014 - 12:15pm

There haven’t been many times in recent years when I’ve been reading a report on social innovation or social enterprise and I’ve found myself thinking:  ‘the author of this section has missed Social Impact Bonds and they’re genuinely relevant to this discussion’.

If European social innovation research collaboration, Tepsie‘s report Building the Social Innovation Ecosystem in Europe achieved nothing else, that would be quite a feat. Fortunately, given that there’s 105 pages of it, it does achieve some other things, too.

While the one they’ve gone for is snappier, a more accurate title for the report would ‘Describing the possible component parts of a Social Innovation Ecosystem in Europe should one come to ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 11 August 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 8 August 2014 - 3:17pm

So we have now had the 'guidance' from the Electoral Commission on the Lobbying Act for a couple of weeks. Long enough to consult widely on it and begin to reflect on how we might comply. "Incomprehensible" is one way to describe it. More specifically, it is helpful in places but based on a poorly drafted Act that is wrong in principle. 
As ACEVO have long warned, the Lobbying Act will affect our historic right to campaign if we let it do so. That means our job between now and the election is to go about our usual business of campaigning and awareness-raising so far as we can. The 292 pages of guidance published to date leave several areas of uncertainty that we will do our best to clarify in the next few weeks, such as the rules about joint campaigning and the details of the new constituency spending limit of £9,750.

Five Electoral Commission staff attended a meeting on Tuesday at ACEVO Towers organised hosted by Bond, ACEVO and others involved with the Commission on ...more

On 7 August 2014 - 5:21pm

I used to be a Caffeine-a-holic, even when I wasn’t drinking any.  I still craved it.

So when I was getting off caffeine, it took me three times.  The first two were outwardly successful.  I got my caffeine intake very, very low, and my energy was natural and in line with who I really was.  But I still craved, oh so craved,  desperately, that Diet Coke.  I wanted the feeling of those sparkly bubbles in my tummy.  Somehow, it soothed my soul. 

That craving made me realize I wasn’t fully healed.
 
Later on I met a very special intern who worked for me at UniversalGiving.  He remains a closest friend today, and his name is Austin Smith.  He was a star runner at Princeton, and he and I were very much aligned with taking care of ourselves, from the vision we had for our lives, to our day-to-day living.
 
One day we were talking about how I’d never done drugs.  And his response was, “yes, you have, and you do.”
 
I was shocked and he was ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 7 August 2014 - 4:25pm


May be interesting tonight... They are doing a piece on "What happened to Big Society". I asked whether this was a contribution to historical research!  Of course I'm doing a bit but apparently they having problems locating a politician as they are all off in the South of France etc. So we will see.
And I loved this recent comment from Dame Helen Mirren on social media. She told the New York Daily News.
"Twitter is like a greasy, horrible stinky old man in a corner of a bar. You go up to him and say 'hi' because you want to be polite then he starts being horrible". 
 My sentiments entirely. I have to say (perhaps an age thing) I try tokeep out of all that twitter stuff. My engagement with social media is this blog! ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 7 August 2014 - 12:01pm

May be interesting tonight....they are doing a piece on “what happened to Big Society". I asked whether this was a contribution to historical research!  Of course I'm doing a bit but apparently they having problems locating a politician as they are all off in the South of France etc. So we will see.

And I loved this recent comment from Dame Helen Mirren on social media. She told the New York Daily News
 “Twitter is like a greasy, horrible stinky old man in a corner of a bar. You go up to him and say 'hi' because you want to be polite then he starts being horrible". 
 My sentiments entirely. I have to say (perhaps an age thing) I try keep out of all that twitter stuff. My engagement with social media is this blog! ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 7 August 2014 - 9:00am

Technology to help manage Alcohol Addiction ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 7 August 2014 - 5:20am

 

You know that India ranks first in the world for deaths caused by traffic accidents. You know that most of the deaths are pedestrians. And you know that UL and Ashoka have come together to surface the most innovative solutions that are making roads in India safer.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 6 August 2014 - 8:57pm

 

Without decisive action, today’s children could become the first generation of Canadians to have shorter life-spans than their parents. The growing twin epidemics of physical inactivity and unhealthy eating is placing the health of Canadian children at risk and threatens to be a massive driver of heart disease, stroke and soaring health costs in the future.

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