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So, it’s the silly season and you can expect fluffy stories, one of which appeared in the Sunday Telegraph this weekend. I had bought a copy after early morning Communion and it had me chortling on my croissant. Apparently charities are being taken over by former advisors to Gordon Brown. A lurid headline “former brown aides fighting coalition as charity chiefs" failed to provide any evidence to back this up.
It would appear that on the ST logic you are unable to perform a professional job for a charity if you previously worked for a labour politician. So they castigate Justin Forsyth who is doing a tremendous job at Save the Children in incredibly taxing times simply for his former role with our last Prime Minister. No evidence is provided that somehow their work has been subverted by improper political influence.
The reality is that many former advisors to Blair and Brown are in jobs across the public, private and third sectors. That is because they are talented ...more
In 2008 I was volunteering in Ethiopia. I had stepped out of my 20-year corporate life and wanted a different rhythm. In Addis Ababa and the green hills behind it, I felt at home. The air was fresh, people were welcoming and the work was rewarding. I was at home in my tiny kitchen in Addis, reading the Lonely Planet Ethiopia travel guide, when I discovered this:
“….female genital mutilation brings enormous physical pain and suffering. As one doctor put it, ‘These women are holding back a scream so strong, it would shake the earth.’”
I learned that 75% of women in Ethiopia have been cut. Most are under five when it happens. Each year three million girls are at risk of being cut in Africa alone. I could not begin to grasp the scale of the issue – nor the taboo that surrounded it.
I started talking ...more
Innovation is a long game. What starts as a bold idea with the promise of tremendous social gains can take years to transform the status quo and achieve a big impact. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has supported over 500 innovations in our four short years of operation. We have come to appreciate the power of early results that can indicate if and when a big impact is on the horizon.
Grand Challenges Canada funds the full scope of innovations – scientific, technological, social and business – that are needed to address the enormous health challenges that burden low- and middle-income countries.
We support portfolios of bold ideas that promise to have big impact in three areas: improving maternal and newborn survival around the time of birth (Saving Lives at Birth), increasing ...more
Do Unto Others is from ancient times. Hearing different versions from philosophers and religious leaders make us realize the commonality of Truth. What a wonderful way to tie the world together!
“May I do unto others as I would that they should do unto me.”
Plato, 5th century B.C.
“Do not do unto others all that which is not well for oneself.”
Zoroaster, 6th century B.C.
“Hurt not others with that which pains thyself.”
Buddha, 6th century B.C.
“Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you.”
Confucius, 6th century B.C.
“Do not unto others what thou wouldst not they should do unto thee.”
Rabbi Hillel, 1st century B.C.
“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
Jesus, 1st century A.D.
“None of you truly have the faith if you do not desire for your brother that which ...more
Finalists will be revealed on 9/3! Until then, we’ve rounded up top stories about empathy making waves as a powerful driver of change in communities. (Photo: NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) is a Semi-Finalist of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge and is featured on the Ashoka Changemakers Instagram this week!)
But first, a few announcements:
“Governments, led by the UK, embraced “social enterprise” as the “third way” – income-generating charities that did not depend wholly on public coffers but dealt with the increasing number of social problems that defied government solutions. My main concern about this viewpoint is that it stripped the notion of innovation and systems change – the essence of social entrepreneurial endeavour – right out of the approach. In the UK and those countries that have followed, social enterprises have become part of the ‘social enterprise industrial complex’, sub-contractors to government and feeding into a dysfunctional system.“
We have to change the way the next generation of children learn, think and interact with people and the environment (both built and natural).
“This world requires a new paradigm for growing up and therefore also for education,” Bill Drayton wrote last year in Stanford Social Innovation Review.
I did a ski season in Whistler Blackcomb back in 05/06 with my buddy and Snowbistro.com content editor Gav and so have first hand experience of what it’s like to turn up to a resort with no connections and no ski season job. We even arrived late December after the main recruitment events held in late October / early November every year there so really had our work cut out.
Our job seeking process was a combination of walking around Whistler Village looking for job adverts, asking businesses if they needed anyone and keeping an eye on the local magazine jobs page. It took two to three weeks of constant hustle but finally I secured a job in retail at the Whistler Clearance Centre and Gav became a liftie for the mountain which had a ton more perks such as huge discounts of meals and the fact that he got to ...more