The story of England is written in its stones, bricks and landscapes. From period novels, dramas and films to descriptions like the above (from English Heritage) Britain’s long and turbulent history is something that has long captured the imaginations of both natives and tourists. Charities in general face a constant struggle to make themselves seem […]
Posts by: Georgina Wadham
It’s so easy to dwell, in difficult times, on the negatives. The current news cycle has seen bad news item after bad news item: without wanting to be melodramatic, it feels like the sky is falling down. If you’re an optimist, your immediate response may be to try and find a silver lining. Positive thinking is a powerful thing, however unless it is coupled with action, it cannot affect real change.
“If [the Tate] can get any money from Satan himself, they should take it,” wrote Jonathan Jones in a 2010 Guardian column. In their response on the Tate à Tate website (an alternative audio tour focusing on the issue of BP sponsorship of the Tate galleries), protest groups Platform, Liberate Tate and Art not Oil rather humourlessly write: “Such an amoral view completely dismisses widespread public concern and is not in keeping with good ethical practices,” before going on to denounce Jones’ ethical relativism and apparent dismissal of public concerns about where the arts receive funding from.
There’s a not-for-profit Health organisation in the USA you’ve definitely heard of. It has a pretty significant output: in 2013-4, its nationwide health centres contributed to the reduction of teen pregnancies to a 20-year low, it undertook 70 women’s health research projects and it administered 10,590,433 health services, including breast exams, pap smears and HIV tests, to its clients, the majority of whom are disadvantaged women without health insurance.
Here in the Cause4 office, there are three topics of conversation that have cropped up again and again in the past few weeks: given the nature of our business, it won’t surprise anybody that two of these are Kids Company and the fundraising crisis. But the third, like the rest of the country, is that we’ve been talking a lot about The Great British Bake-Off.
As much as we hate to admit it, what we choose to wear says something about who we are. The simple act of waking up and putting clothes on your back inevitably broadcasts something about your character: whether you’re wearing a suit and tie or shorts and flip-flops, it tells people what you do, where you’re going, what kind of person you are – and we’ve never been more direct about it.
One of the great strengths that social enterprises have is their emphasis on community. They see a social ill and then go about trying to correct it. This is effective in part because of its tight focus – but what happens when a community driven project begins to reach further?