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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 24 July 2014 - 7:30pm

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From a pool of more than 200 entries, the short-listing team at Ashoka Changemakers has selected 86 Semi-Finalists of the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge. 

Video caption: Early Entry Prize Winner and Semi-Finalist iLead+Design submitted this video illustrating its unique model for teaching students empathy skills and how to use design thinking to solve problems.

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On 24 July 2014 - 7:26pm

A friend, Keith Wommack, tells a delightful story that illustrates the point:A man was living on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning, he was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his worn-out Bible. His grandson wanted to be just like his grandfather and tried to imitate him in every single way.One day, the grandson asked, “I try to read the Bible just like you, but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?
”The grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, yet all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him to try again.This time the ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 24 July 2014 - 4:04pm

One of the great joys of my ACEVO role is going to our leadership lunches. Lunches (no I don't just go for the food!) where we invite key national figures to talk about their leadership role and lessons for our sector. A dilemma today though; we had 2.

One was in London with Oliver Letwin MP, who has a key role in drawing up ideas and policies for the Tory Manifesto. The other was in Birmingham with the Archbishop of that great city, Bernard Longley. I choose Birmingham, because I was keen to hear Bernard, and partly because we were friends at Oxford. 
Of course Birmingham is much on the news as a result of all the media attention to "Trojan Horse" schools and so Bernard talked about the part of the faith groups in that city and the grouping they have formed to offer support and solidarity to their colleagues of different faiths across the City. He told us of the example of a City Rabbi who took the brave step of walking to the Central Mosque in Birmingham on the ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 24 July 2014 - 9:00am

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On 23 July 2014 - 6:15pm

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with out life.”

—Steve Jobs


Every one, every activity and task we do, should be excellent.  Don’t take an endeavor lightly: 

  • Either you are building a company or watching TV.
  • Having family dinner with your friends or eating a powerbar in the car. 
  • Writing a book or reading a gossip magazine.
  • Organizing your home or letting the compost pile up. 
  • Giving the postman a smile, or ignoring her.  

Everything COUNTS.  Every one of your activities can reflect excellence!


Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco—my own “home sweet home”. He was the co-founder and CEO of ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 23 July 2014 - 4:09pm

The people of Burma have suffered greatly under the appalling rule of the military junta but there is a chink of light in the freedom of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. There is a small but very lively Anglican Church in Burma, with a strong following amongst the Karen in particular. I have visited them on a number of occasions and have known a number of the previous Archbishops. Indeed I was at the consecration of Archbishop Andrew a decade ago. 

My family provided money to buy a paddy field which provides rice for the students at St John's boarding school.  It cuts the cost of buying rice and by the looks of the photo below my mother received it looks like a good crop. 


Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 23 July 2014 - 1:24pm


You know that India ranks first in the world for deaths caused by traffic accidents. You know that most of the deaths are pedestrians. And you know that UL and Ashoka have come together to surface the most innovative solutions that are making roads in India safer.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 22 July 2014 - 8:58pm

The founders of Avanti, a social venture based out of India, are working to bridge the skills gap and empower millions of children to transform their future educational prospects.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 22 July 2014 - 8:06pm


How many times have you been told to exercise more, to eat a little healthier or to sleep a little longer? And how many times have you actually got out there and done it? Probably not as often as you’d like.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 22 July 2014 - 3:57pm

One thing I learnt from my time in the big move from institutional to community care in mental health in Lambeth (Tooting Bec) in the 80s was the need to ensure the voice of the client, carers and families are heard.

I know that my recent blog post caused concern because it implied only the providers have the answers and that we already had the worked up plan.  I know that the issues raised from Winterbourne View, and what has happened since, are of deep concern, and I'm sorry that my blog caused upset. It was certainly not my intention. A sin of omission not commission.

None of the providers have all the answers.  But along with others they are clearly part of the answer and we now have an opportunity to work together to develop solutions that meet the needs of people with learning disability, their families and carers.

We have our first meeting of the Steering Group on developing a new national framework for learning disability care on Monday. We have a ...more