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On 3 September 2014 - 5:05pm

list-372766_640I’ve shared before about philanthropy as “the love of people,” as a daily practice.

One day I had a pivotal experience that helped me be a better ‘daily philanthropist.’  Each day, I make a ‘to do’ list. The list might range from contacting a corporate client, to running an errand at the drycleaners. Checking off these items certainly gave me a nice sense of satisfaction!

During this day, I found myself particularly busy. I rushed into the drycleaners. I swooped in to pick up my clothes and left a bundle of clothes on the counter.  “There!” I told myself triumphantly.  “I fit in the drycleaners before a meeting. I have gotten one more item off my list!”  Accomplishment, I thought; and yet I didn’t feel it.

What I realized is that the drycleaners wasn’t an ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 3 September 2014 - 9:28am

We’re honored and thrilled to announce the expert judges of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge! They are:

Cedric Brown: Managing Partner, Kapor Center for Social Impact

 

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 3 September 2014 - 9:17am

Please join us in congratulating the Finalists of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge! After receiveing more than 200 entries, 86 top entries were selected as Semi-Finalists. Now, 23 top Finalists will go on to the final judging round of the competition.

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 3 September 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 2 September 2014 - 8:33pm

Last year, the government of Paraguay adopted a new way of measuring the state of the nation, called the Social Progress Index (SPI). Both government and business leaders were concerned that increased economic growth wasn’t improving the lives of ordinary Paraguayans fast enough. We saw no reason why a country that is growing so fast could not bring more benefits of economic progress to the poor.

But pursuing old measures of success, like GDP per capita, wasn’t getting us where we wanted to go as a country. We needed a way to measure real outcomes for people, not just the level of economic activity.

We adopted the SPI because it focuses directly on improving the things that matter most to people – basic human needs, the foundations of wellbeing and opportunity. ...more

On 2 September 2014 - 5:05pm

teamwork-383939_1280I find that so much of what is true ‘happiness’ in one’s job is how we conduct ourselves and our thinking.

For example, even if your job isn’t your exact ideal, there are elements that can bring full happiness. Being of service is not relegated to any one sector. Being professional, kind, courteous, and with a high “client service” attitude to external parties as well as to the internal team, can bring high “happiness” value.  Ideally, it should be coupled with sincere appreciation in return.  Regardless, it makes us feel happy to deliver sincere value. We hold a “high happiness quotient” in our own esteem for ourselves and how we are serving.

On the larger scale of trying to find something you love to do–I do think each ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 1 September 2014 - 9:00am

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On 31 August 2014 - 9:49pm

reclaimed cokctailsLooking back, I have been an ‘entrepreneur’ for years.  People have also called me a business woman, leader, mum-preneur (oh, how I hate that word!) and intra-preneur (whatever the hell that is!) but mostly people have called me an entrepreneur and, more recently, a social entrepreneur.

I used to think this title was mainly to do with making money or starting up businesses.  Yet I noticed that it didn’t matter whether I was new to a business idea or place or if I had been in that space for years – people still called me an entrepreneur.  I guess it must be something more than the starting of businesses, it’s a mind-set, it’s written on your face and it’s imprinted into your DNA.

I know now though that being an ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 30 August 2014 - 11:55pm

At the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation we work with social entrepreneurs from around the world to help them identify their legal issues and access pro bono legal services. We see that social entrepreneurs often face the same legal issues and challenges that confront any entrepreneur.

One of the first questions that nascent social entrepreneurs typically confront is whether to form a legal entity and if so, where and in what form. In the past this was an easier question for social entrepreneurs to answer – given the lack of alternatives, they would either establish a traditional nonprofit corporation or form a for-profit enterprise. Thus, a social entrepreneur would either become dependent on charitable contributions or would organize as a for-profit entity in order ...more

On 30 August 2014 - 12:08pm

Whether it’s challenging off piste or wild après ski that interests you, there are more than a few resorts you just have to get to before your knees give out and you hang your board up for the last time. But how to choose? The big three resorts of Revelstoke, Big White, and Whistler all claim, with some justification, to be the best, leaving the virgin North American ski tourist somewhat perplexed as to which to choose. Here we’ll tell you why we think you should choose all three.

Revelstoke

Let’s pretend that money is no object, the one thing that every snowboarder has to try at least once is heliboarding. It takes a lot to top being flown to pristine and untouched powder before taking on the ride of your life down the mountain. Revelstoke is known as a Mecca for heliboarders and it’s not ...more