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Dear Mark Harper, I am a disabled constituent

I'm a disabled man, you are the Miinister of State for disabled people.

I'm fortunate in that my disability is minor in comparison with many who are suffering today. I claim no benefit.

I was in better health when I first approached you in 2006 as a newly established business in the Forest of Dean.  I sought your help with a problem. A company called Atos Origin had used their influence to remove my business,, a social enterprise, from a contract with DCMS. You were unable to assist.

#Gaza: Why Rabbi Lerner must be heard

Like ourselves, Rabbi Lerner is a longstanding advocate for an economy that serves all. A social economy

"Israel has broken my heart" says Rabbi Lerner, lamenting the loss of compassion in their current practice of Judaism. 

A counterpoint for the brokenhearted

Reading the heartfelt lament by Josh Ellis today on "The More Beaufiful World " - a Facebook group dedicated to Charles Eisenstien I could easily relate to my own recent struggles. Even more so, to those of a friend whose life ended 3 years ago this month.

He left this world alone and homeless with a message of hope.   .

Both he and Josh Ellis have been advocates for the disadvantaged and marginalised, in rather different ways.

Humanize: People-Centric Organisations

I wonder if they know what people-centric organisations have been doing to challenge free market capitalism?

"Economics, and indeed human civilization, can only be measured and calibrated in terms of human beings.  Everything in economics has to be adjusted for people, first, and abandoning the illusory numerical analyses that inevitably put numbers ahead of people, capitalism ahead of democracy, and degradation ahead of compassion.

Is The British Council fit for purpose?

I ask this question from the perspective of a supplier and a social an organsation supported by public funds

In February 2008 we were operational in Ukraine when our late founder made a direct approach to USAID with our 'Marshall Plan' proposal which included plans for a national social enterprise development centre    

USAID were dismissive, informing us there was no budget for the group of "retarded  children" described in our letter.

How do you tell someone, I've got Cancer?

It can be one of the most difficult aspect of dealing with chronic illness and not finding the right place and time can amplify the slightest inclination toward low self esteem beyond all proportions:   ,

I woke last night from a bad dream where I relived an experience starting 5 years ago. I got up and wrote a note which would never be read. I guess a kind of message in a bottle:

Respublica: Business should serve the common good

A new report from this Conservative think tank asserts that the purpose of business is to serve the common good. That's something I can't disagree with, since it was where we started with a people-centered approach to economic development, by saying:

Big Society: Your Square Mile and SocialGO

In some ways, the recent revelations about cronyism under Bigf Society are reassuring in that they might well have gone a lot further. I wrote recently about plans to spend another £60 million to help us prepare for social investment. .Social networks cannot be established without infrastructure and we had warned of the inferior service to rural communities for years to come. We'd also warned about global uprisongs:

Big Society: Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools

The fools in this case being we the taxpayers.

Several years ago, while our founder was still alive, we wrote of our strategy when dealing with corruption. I hadn't imagined at the time, that we'd be facing the same kind of obstacles in the UK. As The Independent reveals, Big Society has been exposed for misuse of funding.  

#MH17: Torez, where some lives matter less

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.


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