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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 23 June 2014 - 3:42pm

I had a great weekend at a sculpture exhibition set in the wonderful surrounds of Astall Manor, the former Cotswolds home of the Mitfords.


My neighbour in Charlbury, Emma Maiden, was exhibiting in their 'On Form' series. It continued the arty theme of my weekend as I had lunch Friday with an up and coming artist - Tim Patrick - who is going to do a portrait of me and my partner. A frightening thought. Unfortunately I have not yet had a request to be 'hung' in the National Portrait Gallery but surely some day...

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 23 June 2014 - 11:29am

Solutions to the world’s most pressing problems are exciting. The opportunities are global, interconnected and interdependent. Business' resources dwarf those of the philanthropic and public sectors combined. All fixes require leaders with vision and capacity to build systems for change across industries and borders. Yet alone, now and in the future, no one of these sectors can put together the social entrepreneurial ecosystems necessary for major innovation and change to work at scale.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 23 June 2014 - 10:54am

Possible Health is a non-profit tackling the issue of health care in a very challenging environment. Based in a rural area of Nepal, Possible Health’s mission is to prove that it is possible to deliver high quality health care services at a very low cost.

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Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 23 June 2014 - 7:13am

As a Wimbledon-born boy, I am excited that it is tennis time again and time again for… strawberries.

One million strawberries will be eaten over the course of the two weeks at Wimbledon, all from Kent’s Hugh Lowe Farms, a member of the soft fruit co-operative, KG Growers.

It is busy too across the co-operative sector, as the number of co-ops across the UK has leaped over the last year to over 6,300, with a total turnover of over £37 billion.

Our annual statistical digest of the sector, The Co-operative Economy, is out today, as part of Co-operatives Fortnight. It tells the story too of other member-owned businesses, including how English mustard growers came together as a co-op, to save the provenance of Colman’s English Mustard.

All this at its best is great teamwork, as with the best of the World Cup teams and with the doubles tennis we may see this fortnight.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 23 June 2014 - 1:32am

 

Awards in partnership with Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and in collaboration with Ashoka offer young entrepreneurs over €200,000 in financial and mentoring support

 

Building on the success of the 2013 Awards, Unilever is once again inviting young people to come up with practical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges and enter them in the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards.  

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 20 June 2014 - 5:11pm

Around the world, the communities with the brightest futures create innovative opportunities for youth to build sustainable livelihoods, pursue meaningful careers and shape better realities for themselves and for those around them.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 20 June 2014 - 10:42am


Well done to Michael Gove MP for the new guidelines on food in schools, cutting out fries and sugary drinks. High time too, as obesity among kids soars and the rise in cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes is increasing significantly. And what may you ask is our health service doing about it? 

Well, in hospitals, sweet nothing as they say. Walk into most hospitals and the tempting offers on chocs and coke from vending machines and cafes are all around. Why, Guys hospital even has a McDonalds on the premises. And at Tommies you walk in past an array of retail outlets piled to the gunwales with unhealthy food options. It's time hospitals got on message. I realise they are turning a fast buck on these outlets but I thought they were about improving our health! Could Jeremy Hunt take a leaf out of Michael Gove's book on this? And let's face it. Most ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 20 June 2014 - 4:22am

The release of the 2014 Social Progress Index (SPI) at the Skoll World Forum in April attracted significant media attention around the world. The SPI measures the social and environmental performance of 132 countries across 54 indicators grouped into three categories: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing and Opportunity.

It’s much more than an academic exercise — the SPI is the first comprehensive and rigorous tool designed both to measure and promote human welfare. As Social Progress Imperative’s Chairman Brizio Biondi-Morra explains in the foreword to the 2014 report: “By reframing how the world measures success, putting the real things that ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 20 June 2014 - 2:26am

This year’s Forum was such a wonderful platform for me to learn from a community of brilliant entrepreneurs from different parts of the world. Thanks to the MasterCard Foundation and the Skoll Foundation, and not forgetting my lovely mother organisation Camfed (Campaign for Female Education), for making my participation in this year’s Forum a reality. It was an experience of a lifetime and a dream come true for me in Oxford.

In my small world and community (Nyohini) in Ghana, I knew I was a leader and I had worked with social entrepreneurs to lead change and touch lives, but little did I know that there are many more people out there in the world who are doing their best to make the world a better place to live in, because there is only one vision and one world. My first visit to the UK and to Oxford was such a wonderful one. I took ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 19 June 2014 - 9:35pm

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Last weekend, Bill and Melinda Gates addressed Stanford’s graduating class, and urged them to use empathy and optimism to change the world. The couple delivered a poignant speech illustrating why innovation and optimism alone were not enough to make the world better.

Bill said, “Even in dire situations, optimism can fuel

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