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Posted By Social Edge
On 2 March 2015 - 7:03pm

Right now, the United Nations is negotiating what might be one of the world’s most powerful policy documents. It could influence the movement of trillions of dollars, pull hundreds of millions out of poverty and hunger, reduce violence and improve education – making the world a better place. But much depends on this being done effectively.

In the year 2000, the UN established the Millennium Development Goals, which comprised 21 targets – most of them precise and achievable – in eight areas, including poverty and hunger, gender equality, education, and child and maternal health.

These goals have been hugely successful, not only in driving increased development funding but also in making the world better. For instance, the world promised to halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger between 1990 and 2015. And the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 2 March 2015 - 6:24pm

Crowdsourcing involves soliciting input from the public, usually on a digital platform, to address market gaps and surface promising solutions in an open, efficient way. It often has a voting component wherein the top-voted ideas win support. Crowdsourcing uses collective intelligence to help creative ideas rise to the top – while generating a real-time feedback loop and a shared sense of ownership in the project.

Crowdsourcing facilitates problem-solving and innovation across all sectors. In the private sphere, GOOD helped launch the Pepsi Refresh Challenge, a $20 million campaign that channeled Pepsi’s marketing dollars to ignite citizen activism. Social impact endeavors like the ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 2 March 2015 - 10:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 28 February 2015 - 2:47pm

Scientific evidence strongly suggests that Amazon deforestation is a major contributor to the unprecedented drought currently plaguing southern Brazil, especially the megacity of São Paulo. Recent media coverage explains the phenomenon and the human consequences.

 

Drought

The science is clear: Forest loss behind Brazil’s drought (Forest News).

In the mid-2000’s two Russian ...more

On 27 February 2015 - 6:05pm

skydiving-603639_640“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

- Ambrose Redmoon

What’s more important than fear?

Giving.

And that is what my grandmother Oma taught me, about the gift of Giving of Yourself, while on stage.  Let’s not be fearful about what the audience thinks; instead, we should focus on giving to our audience.

Oma was an amazing flute performer and teacher, one of the first women flutists at Julliard School.  She always told me: “It’s ok to have the butterflies. Just make them fly in formation.”  (More about Oma in my past entry  ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 27 February 2015 - 2:45pm

The news that the health and social care budgets in Manchester are to be integrated is a massive step forward for better health and well-being there - and a beacon for the rest of the country.

When I wrote the Winterbourne View report I recommended that budgets for health and care for people with learning disabilities must be combined. This move in Manchester will enable better planning and commissioning that ensures community placements,  not placements in institutions. Interestingly, the figures on the use of institutions show that the North uses institutions for people with learning disabilities significantly  more than the rest of the country. Often councils have block contracts with institutions like Calderstones in Lancashire, and it is too easy for them to use those places than make proper provision in the community. And shockingly these cost up to £12,000 a week. Community places are both more cost effective and better care. The move in Manchester and the decision ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 27 February 2015 - 9:42am

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Twenty-two Finalists have been selected from a pool of 40 Semi-Finalists!

“We are thrilled by the ingenuity and diversity of the solutions that were entered into the competition,” said Rob Wilson, Director at Ashoka UK. “The shortlisting committee did not have an easy job. The Finalists represent those entries that best meet the challenge’s criteria of innovation, social impact, and sustainability.”

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On 26 February 2015 - 6:05pm

dutch-615649_640“…The things people really want are love, connection, and purpose.”
-Mallika Chopra

That is indeed true wealth. It’s our family, our faith in Life, and our driving motivation — what makes us want to be here on earth.

First, love means we are all created to do something for others.   Whether it is our daughter, our dog, or the doorman — everyone needs kindness and love.

Then, we must dedicate ourselves to something positive and contributive, where our soul makes a difference.  That can be an organization, a person, or simply our commitment to a way of being.

Love and Purpose.  A fine way to live, and, enough to work ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 26 February 2015 - 5:22pm

Meditate at the Skoll World Forum. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 26 February 2015 - 1:00pm

Thought: 'More is achieved by a soft smile than a hard word.' ...more