A charter school in Nampa, Idaho is demonstrating leadership in the area of inclusion as it created a unique "unified" basketball team this year. The Patriots team is comprised of six Special Olympics athletes and seven non-Special Olympics athletes. The concept is all about inclusion on-and-off the court, says Shanna Endow of Special Olympics Idaho. More
Proposed Global Women's Equity Fund Would be First in Canada
Tuesday June 11, 2013
A women's equity fund would be the first of its kind in Canada, says founder Alexis Klein, a chartered investment manager who has been actively working in the investment industry for more than 20 years. The Global Women's Equity Fund (GWEF) would assist with the empowerment of women by investing in companies that actively promote the advancement of women and also by donating a percentage of its profits directly to women’s organizations. GWEF has recently met with a senior executive of a leading Canadian bank to launch the fund. The concept has been well received and the bank’s top executives will consider the fund’s mandate, says Alexis. The goal is for the bank to rebrand the fund, own it and launch it on their national distribution system, thus making it available for purchase throughout all of their branches in Canada. The initial investment would be $250, a low minimum by industry standards, making it a viable investment option for all investors, according to Alexis. A leading investment manager in Canada has also been approached to manage the GWEF’s mandate and has expressed interest subject to GWEF raising a minimum seed capital of $ 3 million. If an agreement can be reached with the bank, a tentative launch date would be by the end of summer 2013.
Boston Public School Charts its Own Path
Friday June 7, 2013
A Boston public school, Mission Hill, wraps up a year in piloting a democratic approach to education — and plans not to participate in the nation's new standardized assessment process. The crisis in America and around the world is not an education crisis, says Mission Hill founder Deborah Meier, but a crisis in faith in and respect for democracy, which rests on having respect for the judgement of ordinary people.
U.K. Social Enterprise Network Features Muhammad Yunus
Friday May 31, 2013
The U.K.-based Guardian's social enterprise network recently featured godfather of microfinance Muhammad Yunus. In light of the recent building collapse in Bangladesh, Yunus talks about the garment industry, corporate social responsibility and starting up a social enterprise. A key point he has is this: Be clear what you want when mixing profit and social purpose. Watch
Public, Private Schools Partner to Develop Wetland
Wednesday May 29, 2013
Five public, separate and private schools have collaborated on a project to develop a wetland within a stone's throw of all them in Clinton, Ontario. The project is a "beautiful example" of school boards working together with outside resources to turn an area that has lain dormant for years into an educational and recreational space, principal Nick Geleynse says. The project fits perfectly with his school’s intent to create more hands-on learning experiences and also have more learning take place in the community and outdoors, Geleynse adds. More
Money & Life Movie Gets 20,000 Views, Aims to Go Viral
Wednesday May 22, 2013
In an age when a music video can garner one billion viewers, the creators of a documentary exploring a radical new approach to money ask what it will take for meaningful media to do the same. The Money & Life documentary was released 20 days ago and has already garnered more than 20,000 views but its producers are looking for more — much more. More
Summit to Advance Slow Living
Wednesday May 22, 2013
A third annual summit on a phenomenon called Slow Living takes place in June in Vermont. Slow Living has been described as "a more reflective approach to answering how we live, work and play as human beings on a fragile Earth."
From Cleaning Supervisor to Published Author
Tuesday May 21, 2013
Karen Woods had a chaotic upbringing and didn't do well at school, but her drive to succeed has taken her from being a cleaning supervisor to a published author. Her remarkable learning achievements are being recognised with a Learning for Work Individual Award as part of Adult Learners' Week in the U.K.
Is Journalism's Ultimate Test Happening Now?
Tuesday May 21, 2013
Environmental activist and journalist Bill McKibben challenged fellow journalists at a recent conference to see climate-change reporting as the ultimate test of journalism’s value. "We'll find out whether the journalistic method was a good idea or not . . . whether it serves the early-warning function we need it to serve or not,” said McKibben. He concluded his presentation with the point that finding out ways, without much money, to stand up to large amounts of money, is what the best journalism has been about from the beginning. "It’s figuring out how to take power and status quo and put reality in its face and knock it down a peg or two," he said, adding that the natural outcome of good journalism is to make people care and "go do something about something."More
B.C. Election Primer on Social Innovation
Monday May 13, 2013
In the in the lead-up to the British Columbia election May 14, the B.C. Partners for Social Impact have created a two-page primer highlighting the potential for social innovation to support a vibrant B.C. Read the introduction to social innovation here.