Social Change

Why Changing Your Fixed Ideas Is Important for You, Your Children and Everyone Else

Michael Carthy | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Carthy

Yes, it is a choice to stubbornly stick to an idea that you believe to be true even if those ideas have stopped serving their purpose. More often than not we refuse to budge, we refuse to even broach the subject - we will not change our mind and that is it. We might make a decision to believe something at ten years old and refuse to budge one inch, invariably taking that belief to our grave.

The Benefits of Building Product Giving into your Operations

Robin Boles | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Robin Boles

It's Responsible Business Week and a perfect opportunity to reflect on the growth of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. CSR policies ha...

Mental Health Illness Is Not a First World Problem

Esther Dark | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Esther Dark

Mental health issues are definitely not first world problems because the benefits, stability and access to services of the first world are irrelevant to mental health. Obviously those with greater wealth can access better medication, private counselling and a range of treatments for mental health illness, but, the car you drive, the house you live in or amount of cash in your bank account is immaterial when you are trapped in your own mind by the pain and turmoil of mental health illness.

It's Time to Stop the Homeless Blaming

Wemmy Ogunyankin | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Wemmy Ogunyankin

Starving people of whatever substance they may be abusing can kill them too. If a homeless person is an addict, they need to be weaned off safely. You cannot be weaned off a drug through starvation, eye rolls and bad attitudes.

We need to talk about gambling and its effects on society

Adam Bradford | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK
Adam Bradford

Today marks the launch of Gambling Awareness Month. One entire month that I am going to dedicate to raising awareness of the problems that gambling can cause for individuals and their families.

Voluntary and Community Sector - A Movement for Change

John Tizard | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

"We must campaign for social justice, equality and a fairer society. We should not be intimidated by Government, our regulator, public sector funders ...

A Million Reasons to Empower Young People

Hannah Kentish | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Kentish

I am so proud of the great things that Scouts do in local communities up and down the country. Now, with the launch of A Million Hands, our new campai...

EXCLUSIVE: The Cereal Killer Vandals Are Totally Unrepentant Over The Weekend's 'Spilt Milk'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK

The group of anarchists who vandalised an east London hipster cafe have responded to their critics, telling HuffPost UK: "It’s a fucking class war ...

Digital Technology Is the Only Game Changer We've Got for Delivering Greater Social Impact

Julie Dodd | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Tech
Julie Dodd

Digital transformation cannot be created overnight. It requires commitment from the highest levels of an organisation, and a significant shift in culture, resourcing, processes and tools. But if sector organisations are serious about delivering greater social impact in the current climate - digital maybe the only game changer we've got.

Some Thoughts on Encouraging Reflective Self-Critique for Human Rights Activists & Advocates and Seekers of Social Justice

Noam Schimmel | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Noam Schimmel

I find myself asking these questions and being concerned with the issues they raise in relation to my human rights advocacy and social change efforts and those of others.

Can Tech Really Fix the Big Problems?

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

In our sector, we tend to think that tech can solve everything, and many start-ups are making positive societal changes through innovative approaches and business models. But some of the world's most fundamental problems - like poverty, equality, or access to clean water - can't be fixed with an app, or even with a social enterprise or business-led approach.

Voices From the Ground: How Tech Can Help Services Respond to Citizens

Loren Treisman | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

Understanding context is key. Interventions run entirely by or in strong partnership with local organisations are more likely to be successful, as they are better able to navigate local nuances and political structures and understand the public's needs.

How Effective Is Social Media in Mobilising Societal Change?

James Barber | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Tech
James Barber

During a time of such social and political upheaval in which political leaders are seen more as being the problem than the solution, hashtags have given people something to believe in. In the absence of effective political leadership hashtags have created a space in which people can connect, unite and march side by side.

Can Consumer Product Design Really Drive Systemic Social Change?

Nick Stanhope | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Nick Stanhope

At the heart of this vision is a very compelling proposition: if you want to drive systemic change, you have to identify and harness the most powerful resources within that system.

How is Technology's Transformative Power Driving Social Change Around the world?

Annika Small | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Tech
Annika Small

It's an exciting time in technology and the people behind these brilliant ideas show that with passion, resourcefulness, creativity and courage it is possible to make a significant impact on the lives of others.

Writing a New Story: Leadership in Changing Times

Kanada Elizabeth Gorla | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Kanada Elizabeth Gorla

The question is not whether we are leaders but what we are leading ourselves and others towards? Leadership is intimately bound up with narrative, and the work of developing leaders, if it is to be relevant, must concern itself with the wider context of the narratives we find ourselves in and those we are creating with every choice we make.

Powered by Nature

Andy Middleton | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Andy Middleton

With the privilege of starting again, the one thing that I'd change would be to dream wild change a few years earlier, and laugh more loudly at the folk who say it can't be done. They were never going to try in the first place.

The End of the World Is Not Enough: Why the Key to Understanding Change Is Understanding Ourselves

Martin Dorey | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Dorey

We don't like to be told what to do. We don't like to be told to compromise, when others don't. Each of us is as important as the other, so why shouldn't we have what they have?

Where Did Our Money Go? Let Twitter Find Out!

Loren Treisman | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

You may wonder how social media could possibly be used to improve access to critical services like healthcare in Africa, a continent where only 8.6% of the population are online. Activists in Nigeria are doing just that.

To Troll, or Not to Troll?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Tech
Olga Levancuka

Even if the trolls are posting in response to the strange and at times controversial views of Katie Hopkins and others alike, the time to challenge the trolls has come. Because the trolls who provoke and the trolls who respond are no better.

Collapse - The End of Facebook Is Nigh, And Why You Might Be Next

Neil Gibb | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Tech
Neil Gibb

I have a dramatic and perhaps outrageous prediction: the end of Facebook is looming. Perhaps not this month, or next, but it's coming. And when the fall does come it will be swift, and it will be brutal.

Personality vs Diploma : Six Things You Should Know

Jeremy Lamri | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jeremy Lamri

Only 17% of graduates feel prepared for their first job. Isn't school about preparing young people for real life? ... Let's promote an education system that encourages young people to grow and assume their personality... Personality versus diplomas: who wins ?

Social Innovation Through Hope Economies: From Addicts to Entrepreneurs

Loren Treisman | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Loren Treisman

Bridgetown on the Cape Flats in Cape Town isn't where you'd immediately head to seek out social innovation. High unemployment and poverty have left communities plagued by drug addiction and gang crime; the lack of opportunity leaving many feeling hopeless...

Nice Guys Are Back in Style

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jaki Scarcello

The nice guys simply live each day doing what needs to be done, accepting what is before them to do. They are unaware that they are slowly, over time building something pretty amazing. Then one day they are old and they discover that they have nurtured a life resplendent with respect and love.

Will a Small Royal Reshuffle Kick Off Our Biggest Social Change?

Gregor Smith | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

2013 was the year Pope Benedict XVI took the unusual decision of resigning from his post, much to the surprise of those who had followed his works across the world. This year, our own defender of the faith is also resigning - to an extent...