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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 6 January 2015 - 9:43pm

Efforts to improve road safety took a giant leap forward with the formation of a powerful community of changemakers that is developing innovative solutions for the big road safety challenges in India. This network is moving beyond the morass of problems to identify transformative ways to invest time and money. 

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On 6 January 2015 - 5:05pm

the-beatles-509069_640Money can’t buy happiness.  Sometimes we forget this.  Remember, it was the Beatles who brought this up through their songs. They had powerful messages which made us think.  So the next time you are enjoying one of their songs, remember, too, their life advice. Money can’t buy happiness.

Strong relationships do.  Working at something you love can bring it.  Spending time with those you respect does.  Adhering to your values does.   Relationships, sincere work, people and values bring you happiness.  Focus on those four areas, and not only will you have happiness, but the money will come.  You’ll be doing what you love to do, and that will surely be ...more

On 5 January 2015 - 8:18pm

One of the most baffling developments of 2014 was the emergence (at least in social enterprise policy-world) of the ‘Profit-with-Purpose’ business.

For those who missed it, the ‘Profit-with-Purpose’ business is an idea primarily championed by social entrepreneur support provider, Unltd, to explain their support ‘for-profit’ businesses (companies limited-by-shares) dedicated to fulfilling a social mission.

Unltd ceo, Cliff Prior, chaired the Mission Alignment Working Group (MAWG) of G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce and their report explains the idea at length.

Prior also explains the idea (to some extent) in this interview ...more

On 5 January 2015 - 5:34pm

woman-16020_640“A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn’t let them get her down.”
– Beverly Sills

We all go through troubles. That doesn’t mean it wrecks our day. It doesn’t color every moment! Be cheery and filled with good wishes for all, including yourself.

The sun still shines, even when covered by a cloud. It’s still there. So is your happiness. So is your joy. Sometimes it seems covered a bit, and then, we rediscover it in a more resplendent, beautiful way.

Beverly Sills was a singer and opera star. She was born Belle Miriam Silverman on May 25, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York. A gifted soprano, ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 5 January 2015 - 4:15pm

Prescription to Get Active allows doctors to write actual prescriptions for exercise—and it’s working.

Family doctors in Edmonton and Calgary are working together to make active living—one of the best preventative measures for disease—a priority for everyone. The Prescription to Get Active program makes it possible for doctors to write prescriptions for exercise and gives patients limited free access to fitness and recreational facilities.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 5 January 2015 - 3:09pm

Igniting a Passion for Dance & Active Living

Canada’s National Ballet School wants to make the joy and health benefits of dance available to all Canadians. For the past four years, the organization has been successfully piloting Sharing Dance, a free online resource for teachers and community members who want to teach dance.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 5 January 2015 - 12:48pm

A new year, and it’s looking exceedingly political already. Will we all be bored to distraction over the next 4 months of hyper-electioneering? I suspect so, though we know it's an important choice that must be made.

We begin the new year 2015 in the certain knowledge of at least one election in the next twelve months. One political adviser was quoted over Christmas saying he could think of at least 10 likely outcomes of May 7th’s poll. It is a critical but uncertain time for charities and social enterprises, and all we know for sure is that demand for our services will increase while funding will continue to be under pressure.

Today's the start of the party election campaigns, and so with 121 days to the polls I thought I'd outline ACEVO's vision for the year.

We think the top priority for politicians of all parties should be ensuring the economic and social recovery extends to all of society. Charities are vital to making this happen, by reducing demand for ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 5 January 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 4 January 2015 - 4:32am

Following are some highlights from among the many thought-provoking and insightful articles posted to Skoll World Forum Online in 2014. If you didn’t get a chance to read them when they were first posted, here’s a chance to get caught up on some of the best of the year past.

Stepping Down Gracefully: Advice on Planning a Leadership Succession (John Marks and Susan Collin Marks, Search for Common Ground)

Can New Legal Structures Help Social Entrepreneurs Succeed? (Chloe Holderness and Dave Roll, Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation)

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Posted By Social Edge
On 4 January 2015 - 2:49am

The following are some of our picks from among the most interesting talks given at TEDGlobal 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this past October.

 

Mark Plotkin: What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t

“The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle,” says ethnobotanist and Skoll awardee Mark Plotkin. “It’s the isolated and uncontacted tribes.” Listen to Mark talk about the Amazon’s medicinal plants, the indigenous shamans who hold the wisdom on how to use them, and why we need to protect this invaluable knowledge.

 

Michael Green: What the Social Progress Index can ...more