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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 20 July 2015 - 4:00pm

David Cameron's five year plan to tackle extremism must focus on curtailing demonisation and promoting engagement with communities.

In a recent letter to Home Secretary Theresa May, I warned that the group and individual banning orders to be introduced in forthcoming legislation could be counter-productive and hinder rather than help the fight against extremism. I argued that the key weapon in the fight against radicalisation will be to harness the often unsung civic spirit represented by the work of the 1,200 plus Islamic charities in the country.
The Prime Minister has hit the nail on the head today in identifying “the overshadowing of moderate Muslim voices" and “failures of integration” as central elements of the radicalisation that has so far taken place.
Speaking on the Today programme this morning former MI5 chief Eliza Manningham-Buller said that talk of one central Muslim identity and community is misguided, rather that there are hundreds and thousands of ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 20 July 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 18 July 2015 - 12:16am

About two percent of America’s GDP is fueled by donations to charities — just two percent.

If you really want to get serious about fighting poverty, you need to follow in the footsteps of Starbucks, Apple, and Exxon: Find someone who has a reason to pay you to fulfill your mission, whether that mission is making coffee, selling gadgets, filling gas tanks, or fighting poverty.

Nonprofits can’t solve large-scale problems because they can’t scale, and poverty – like many big social problems – can’t be addressed without scale. Profit-driven ventures will drive the repetition of a behavior or transaction as long as that ...more

On 17 July 2015 - 5:05pm


“Smiling is Free”

It’s one of the greatest things.

Don’t forget to do this.

Everyone loves this.

And even if they are having a really really bad day – if you smile at them — they will smile back at you, simply by reflex.

Bring some peace to someone’s troubled heart today. I am leaving work now, and with a smile.  Good night!

– Pamela


Dove Chocolate, sold as Galaxy in other countries, is a Mars Company owned and operated brand of chocolate that is virtually in all ...more

Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 17 July 2015 - 2:43pm

over the last few years there's been increasing interest and excitement about the rise in the number of freelancers and the attractiveness of this way of working, but I'm wondering if there's a role that if freelancers accepted and adopted, might see them make a truly transformational impact upon our economy and society;
as a freelancer myself, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the implications that this has with regards to earnings, my family, etc, but I've also explored it within the context of leadership - inspiring and influencing others on both individual and corporate levels. And through this reflection have realised that freelancers have a considerable amount of political freedom to speak out and challenge accepted norms and the things that government and other businesses do in ways that non-freelancer's can't;
you see it's all to do with employment legislation - if I'm your employee then everything I do and say is a reflection of your company by default. ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 17 July 2015 - 12:36pm

Michael Gove has wasted no time at all in pushing ahead with reforms since taking over at the Ministry of Justice.  So far, he has lifted the petty and silly prison book restrictions.  Well done on that.
In a speech today, Gove will focus on the role of education in rehabilitating prisoner s<>. 
“No government serious about building one nation, no minister concerned with greater social justice, can be anything other than horrified by our persistent failure to reduce re-offending.  In prisons there is a - literally - captive population whose inability to read properly or master basic mathematics makes them prime candidates for re-offending...The failure to teach our prisoners a proper lesson is indefensible.  I fear the reason for that ...more

On 16 July 2015 - 5:05pm


“The relationship I care about the most — is with God.” -PH

Know it.

You’re a leader, and we need to be firm today. You are getting distracted by that conversation, that past event, that anger welling up within, that hurt…  again. 

What is the most important relationship you have on earth?

It’s not your marriage, your boss, your priest, your favorite grandmother, your husband, your wife,  your guardian angel, your brother, your beloved mutt dog, the president of your country, your mortgage broker, your best friend, your financial advisor, your attorney, your teacher, your mentor, your spiritual guide… or even your children.

Pure, simple… your #1 relationship is Love, God. Stay ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 16 July 2015 - 4:43pm

I wonder how many papers will carry the report of the inquest into the tragic death of Olive Cook.  Will the Daily Mail splash this on its front pages?
This is what was said re charity fundraising,
"But her family insisted that - while the letters and phone calls were intrusive - the charities were not to blame for Mrs Cooke's death".
How does this square with media coverage and some politicians comments?  Of course it is right to review how we fund-raise. And it is right to look particularly at how outsourcing calls work as this is not always done to the highest ethical standards.  Bad fundraising practice harms all charities.  ACEVO has asked its CEO members in the fundraising charities to review what they are doing.  That is a right thing to do and it's the right time to do it.  But some of the more OTT comments about a "crisis" are wide of the mark.  And it is perhaps questionable why this issue is being pursued so vehemently in some papers.  Surely it couldn't ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 16 July 2015 - 10:30am

I had the chance to visit Spain recently, to take part in an event with Spanish worker co-operatives under the auspices of the national network and Co-operatives Europe. The Spanish co-operative sector has always been vibrant and colourful, but the way in which it has stepped up in the aftermath of economic crisis and the credit crunch is instructive and inspiring.

The roots of co-operatives in Spain are as diverse as the country and its regions. One of the most celebrated of founding parents, though not the only one, is the visionary priest and thinker Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta. His reflections are well worth reading and nicely set out on a website to mark the anniversary of his birth. An example of the ambition of his reflections, which kickstarted the Mondragon Co-operative Corporation is: 

“The idea is to institutionalize ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 16 July 2015 - 9:00am

Being ready for disaster may mean we can avoid it ...more