Social Impact through community co-operatives

Community co-operatives are organisations set up to provide services to a particular community which use co-operative principles to guide their activities. When a community is a local community, this is usually easy to recognise as there are physical boundaries, maybe a village, or a block of flats [...]

Learning by doing, by failing and by teaching

They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I sincerely hope that is not the case as my dog Lola is the same, equivalent, age as I am and I’m currently trying to teach her not to cry outside my bedroom door at 6:30 each morning. By training here I really mean yelling, “Go [...]

Creating community out of the ashes

The last time I appeared in The 3rdi, I was nurturing the therapeutic women’s network based in Birmingham, The Red Tent (Heart of England), my first effort to use the skills which were going to waste after I was diagnosed with bipolar and lost my teaching career, too fragile to handle the [...]

Lost Community

The idea of community has changed a lot over the past two generations. My paternal grandparents lived in a terraced, back-to-back in Liverpool. My mothers parents in a terraced, back-to-back in Widnes. Their parents lived in the same street, as did an assortment of aunts, uncles, cousins and [...]

Three Quick and Easy Social Media Tricks

Here are three quick and easy tricks to help you build your profile online and attract new followers and visitors to your site. Join the crowd If you want to meet and interact with people – then go where other people go. For example: If you’re in LinkedIn join groups and participate in them [...]

Youth Unemployment

Youth unemployment is the biggest threat to the future of the world economy. In the UK the toll of young jobless has risen by 240% in the last 5 years leaving a million 16-24 year olds to deal with the prospect of a workless future. Businesses and Ministers have acknowledged that for [...]
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