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Developing Social Capital: From Promises to Knowledge Exchange

This paper was written and presented by Alex Dunedin and Susan Brown at the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) Annual Conference 2012.  The theme of the conference was ‘Promises: Crisis and Socio-Cultural Change’.  It was held at Manchester University.

We were invited to present the Ragged project at their 8th annual conference and contribute to the dialogue as an informal education project which seeks to bring about positive social change.  The theme of it was ‘Promises: Crisis and Socio-Cultural Change’….

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Personal Wealth by Julia Macintosh

So on Friday, I finally met up with Alex here at Ragged University. We talked about this and that, swapped ideas and leads, and toasted pints of water to the innate goodness of humanity. We also discovered in our conversational meanderings that the Ragged Project and Personal Wealth are kindred spirits.

Personal Wealth is the social enterprise recently established by myself and my friend and colleague Nina. Our founding belief is that every person possesses unrecognised and untapped personal wealth – their strengths, their gifts, their knowledge and skills and experiences and insights and ideas and innate goodness. Far too often we are prevented from using and sharing what we have to contribute. Nina and I want to help people find ways to unlock their own personal wealth; we want to help groups and organisations and communities unlock the collective wealth that resides within them. Continue reading “Personal Wealth by Julia Macintosh” »

318 Education Funding Resources

FunderFinder, the database resource for charities, containing fundraising information closed. Jo Habib of FunderFinder said that, “In the current economic climate we are not certain we can continue to survive financially, and so intend to wind the charity up after our current subscribers’ subscriptions expire in July 2011″.

Jo added, “Essentially we earn all our income from subscriptions. A lot of our subscribers are having to make serious cuts, some are closing down, and almost everyone anticipates that things will get worse in the months to come. There are a number of other pressures too: commercial companies aggressively selling funding portals to local authorities, for instance, and a general belief that funding information should be – and probably is – freely available somewhere on the internet. We know that very many of our subscribers have compared the results of a FunderFinder search with the results of other searches and value the comprehensive, accurate and targeted nature of our results, but many people don’t have the knowledge or the inclination to discriminate in this way”.

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Priorities in Post School Education; Who Benefits and who Pays: a digest by Alex Dunedin

Education is recognised to be an investment in human capital that generates benefits both for the individual – in the form of better employment prospects and higher lifetime earnings – and for society at large by increasing the skills and productivity of the labour force.

This raises issues both of efficiency and equity. Since education benefits society as a whole, then some form of public subsidy is justified on efficiency grounds, to prevent under investment and provide the skilled manpower necessary for economic growth and prosperity.
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