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Time to listen? Time to address our personal barriers

When Time to Listen: Hearing people on the receiving end of international aid came out earlier this year, I was excited to see how many organizations, including my own, were interacting with the multi-year study and its authors. (See previous…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on July 26, 2013 at 10:42am — No Comments

Is it a bird, is it a plan?

“Is it a bird, is it a plane…”

While the new Superman film is being enjoyed by millions across the world, WhizzKids United have been working with our own men (and women!) of steel, taking them back to the basics of comic book drawing in an innovative effort to give them a safe environment to share their feelings and combat their life challenges.

Following the conception of the project from our partner Cardiff University, we were able to utilise their expertise to run the…


Added by WhizzKids United on July 22, 2013 at 7:23am — No Comments

Something "knowing thyself" requires

When emotional intelligence is missing in a leader, everyone knows it. Ian Thorpe on KM on a dollar a day yesterday discussed the elements of this and the challenges in developing one's self-awareness in aid work, a subject near and dear to this blog as well.

He describes it as, "recognizing and understanding who you are and…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on July 19, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Helping Boston

Boston It’s tough to read the headlines about the Boston bombings without feeling a blend of outrage, despair and resolve.  The attack fell on Patriots’ Day, a holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, the opening salvo of the American Revolution.  Patriots’ Day is a unique observance celebrated almost exclusively by the state of…


Added by Ryan Scott on July 18, 2013 at 1:08am — No Comments

If you know it, speak it

A blog I value reading every week is from the folk at Enablers Network. My thanks to them for a recent blog which alerted me to a brilliant TED talk 'Dare to disagree'by Margaret Heffernan.

I am a big fan of Margaret for her excellent…


Added by Ian Berry on July 12, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Global Corruption Barometer 2013

Transparency International has released its latest Global Corruption Barometer, drawing on a survey of more than 114,000 respondents in 107 countries.  Read the full press release below or visit the GCB 2013 site here.

Berlin, 9 July 2013 – More than one person in two thinks corruption has worsened in the last two years, according to the…


Added by Development Crossing on July 10, 2013 at 5:04am — No Comments

Greying Asia: A case of increasing the retirement age?

Interesting post on the Asian Development Bank blog around aging populations globally.  It starts off by referencing the following tweets from Hans Rosling:

“Life expectancy at birth in the world: 1960=50 years, 2013=70 years…” 

“Number of births/women in the world: 1960=5.0, 2013=2.5 ...” 

You know it intuitively but fascinating to see the numbers! The graphic below looks at the increase in life expectancy and decline in…


Added by Brad Ewing on July 8, 2013 at 10:48pm — No Comments

2013 Cone Communications/Echo Global CSR Study

Cone Communications recently released its 2013 Cone Communications/Echo Global CSR Study, looking at consumer attitudes, perceptions and behaviors around CSR.  A few snapshots from the full press release below:


"CSR has never been more urgent – incidents of corporate negligence…


Added by Development Crossing on July 8, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Intelligent Sustainable Cities

Intelligent traffic solutions, green buildings, water management, and smart grid infrastructure are just a few of the technologies helping to steer today’s urbanization toward sustainability.

The challenges presented by sustainable urban development are immense. In 2010, 82 percent of Americans lived in cities; by 2050 it will be 90 percent. Cities are responsible for around two thirds of the energy used, 60 percent of all water consumed and 70 percent of all…


Added by Petra Koenvenski on July 8, 2013 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees

This is a common problem, where people are so focused on certain details, that they are unable to see the “bigger picture.” A simple example of this would be a parent who criticizes their child’s penmanship, while their child is bringing home straight A’s. A more complex example would be that of a coach or CEO who is so focused on the bottom line numbers that they fail to see that their game or industry is undergoing a paradigm shift.

The technical name for this is…


Added by Sam Obitz on July 8, 2013 at 4:39pm — No Comments

The Hottest Fashion at Work? Engagement.

stylish and engaged woman You want your company culture to be one of giving back - and it would be nice if you could get back as much as you give back.  That is to say, engagement in your employee giving and volunteer programs is just a starting point: you’d also like to see your employees engaged on the clock. You keep hearing that corporate volunteering and giving creates engagement at work, but you remain skeptical. 

Well, skeptic be gone.  …


Added by Ryan Scott on July 5, 2013 at 4:58am — 1 Comment

WKU delighted by the 6th World AIDS Conference

The 6th World AIDS conference held in Durban on the 18-21 June saw WhizzKids United CEO and founder, Marcus McGilvray, being given a platform to present the informative WKU poster at the International Convention Centre.


The much anticipated global AIDS gathering conference was attended by a host of NGO’s, researchers, experts, dignitaries and South Africa’s deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe. WhizzKids United were privileged to be a pioneering partner in the fight against HIV and…


Added by WhizzKids United on July 5, 2013 at 4:42am — No Comments

Football for Hope Centre Construction underway

The early stages of construction of the Football for Hope Centre at the WhizzKids United Healthy Academy are underway, an infrastructure legacy left behind by the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  


FIFA’s brainchild, the Football for Hope Centre initiative, awarded to 20 African countries, including 5 to South Africa is now seeing the early stages of construction developments from one its partnering organizations, WKU Health Academy.

The WhizzKids United Healthy Academy was specially…


Added by WhizzKids United on July 5, 2013 at 4:34am — No Comments

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR, also called corporate consciencecorporate citizenshipsocial performance, orsustainable responsible business/ Responsible Business)

is a form of …


Added by Dan Johnson on July 1, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Ecotech Institute Webinar Series Debuts on Tuesday, July 16 With “Bringing the Ecotech Lifestyle to Life”

Thought Provoking, 30-Minute Webinar Will Focus on Actionable Ways to Live Sustainably

On Tuesday, July 16, Ecotech Institute will launch a webinar series that explores many facets of green living, including careers, lifestyle choices and a deep dive into solar careers. The first webinar, “Bringing the Ecotech Lifestyle to Life,” will discuss the overall concept of sustainable living and encourage participants to define their own personal sustainability-focused mission,…


Added by Molly Koch on July 1, 2013 at 1:33pm — No Comments

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