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UK, Canada and United States Named Best Places For Social Entrepreneurs

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The results of a global perception poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation together in partnership with Deutsche Bank, UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN), has named the UK, Canada and the USas the best countries to be a social entrepreneur.

The poll – the very first of its kind – surveyed almost 900 experts in the world’s 45 biggest economies to establish trends, opportunities and challenges related to this fast-growing sector, one using innovation to address critical social and environmental problems.

Social entrepreneurship is growing rapidly around the world.

Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation said: “From training rats to detect landmines, to offering micro-lending to Indian farmers, a growing number of entrepreneurs are creating sustainable business ideas to solve social problems and improve the lives of marginalised communities. We hope this poll will provide the industry with a benchmark to spearhead future growth.”

While the United States, Canada and the UK topped the list as the best nations for the industry, Turkey ranked worst. Also ranking poorly were Venezuela, Brazil and Ireland, countries where support is lacking for social enterprise.

However, in the UK, Brexit was also identified as a risk that might penalise the sector, together with the decision to move responsibility for social enterprise from the Cabinet Office – a department at the heart of government – to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Overall, the analysis shows that social entrepreneurship is gaining momentum around the world, with 85% of participants witnessing growth in their own countries. However nearly 60% of the experts mentioned the trend is being hampered by low understanding of the sector, the challenges in raising funds and the lack of adequate government support.

“The UK has been a pioneer for social entrepreneurship, thanks to a vibrant movement and strong Government support, helping it to become one of the top three places in the world to be a social entrepreneur,” said Mark Norbury, Chief Executive of UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs. “Social  entrepreneurs are passionate about solving social problems, but they are also committed business people – so to sustain this level of growth and momentum they need continued support from all parts of government, business and wider society.”

According to the survey, Canada, Singapore and the United States are the best countries providing capital for the sector. Belgium, the Philippines and India also ranked well in providing access to funding. In particular, experts believe India is playing a key role in developing business ideas that could then be scaled to regions such as Africa where similar social problems persist.

“As evidenced through this study, there is a pioneering group of entrepreneurs that are using innovative business models to drive positive change in all societies around the world, said Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications & CSR, Deutsche Bank. Whilst it is encouraging to see a global footprint emerging, it also shines a light on the work needed to improve understanding of the sector and the obstacles to become investment ready. Being part of this research enables Deutsche Bank to shape the support for investment readiness through our Made for Good programme that will help build momentum and capacity for this exciting sector; at the same time helping to further develop the market and
conditions for success.”

The research identifies Santiago and Nairobi as the leading hotspots for social entrepreneurs, together with Berlin, London and Hong Kong. Santiago in particular emerges as a strong eco-system for the sector, with the government offering entrepreneurs equity-free funding, working spaces and mentoring opportunities in an effort to boost social entrepreneurship.

Finally, the poll acknowledges the rising role of women within the industry. 68 per cent of those polled said women were well-represented in management roles. The Philippines ranked as the top country where women are succeeding as social entrepreneurs, while Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Thailand took five of the other top ten slots.

The findings from the poll will be unveiled today, Sept 15, in San Francisco at SOCAP16, the world’s biggest event for social capital markets.

For more information visit poll2016.trust.org

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What Kitchen Suits Your Style? Modern, Classic or Shaker?

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A kitchen is the centre of the home. Your kitchen ranges between where friends and family gather, talk about their day, cook meals, have drinks, to somewhere you can just enjoy each other’s company. The kitchen is the heart of the home. But, everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s taste is different. So, you need a kitchen that not only mirrors your lifestyle but matches your taste too. Whilst some prefer a more traditional design, others want a modern feel or flair – and it’s all down to personal taste.

When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, what style would you go for? It’s a difficult one isn’t it. With so many different styles to go for, how can you know exactly what you want until you’ve seen it in action? Leading kitchen designer, Roman Kitchens, based in Essex, have provided three examples of bespoke kitchens and styles they specialise in, accompanied with beautiful images. This design guide will get you one step closer to picking your dream kitchen for your home.

1. Modern

New home in the city centre? Or even a sleek new modern build? You want a trendy and modern kitchen to reflect your city lifestyle. In modern kitchen design, colours are bolder and fresher, with sleek design and utilities that are distinctive and vibrant.

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This modern kitchen is sleek and smooth with flawless design and beauty. Minimalism doesn’t stop this kitchen standing out. Featured walls of wood and vibrant mint green draw the eye, whilst the white surfaces reflect the light, illuminating every nook and cranny of this kitchen. This kitchen features products from Rotpunkt, innovators of modern kitchen design. Made with German engineering, a Rotpunkt Kitchen is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Rotpunkt Kitchens have timeless design and amazing functionality, they work for every purpose and are eco-friendly. Sourced from natural materials, a Rotpunkt kitchen uses 37% less timber, conserving natural forests and being more environmentally conscious.

2. Classic

Prefer a homely and traditional feel? Classic kitchens are warm, welcoming and filled with wood. Wood flooring, wood fixtures, wood furniture – you name it! You can bring a rustic feel to your urban home with a classic kitchen. Subtle colours and beautiful finishes, Classic kitchens are for taking it back to the basics with a definitive look and feel.

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With stated handles for cupboards, Classic kitchens are effortlessly timeless. They convey an elegant but relaxing nature. Giving off countryside vibes, natural elements convey a British countryside feel. The wood featured in a classic kitchen can range between oaks and walnut, creating a warmth and original feel to your home. Soft English heritage colours add a certain mood to your home, softening the light making it cosier.

3. Shaker

Any kitchen planner will tell you that the meeting point between traditional and modern design, is a Shaker kitchen. They have a distinctive style and innovative feel. Shakers are fresh, mixing different colour tones with stylish wood and vinyl. The most important feature of a Shaker kitchen is functionality – every feature needs to serve a purpose in the kitchen. Paired with stylish and unique furniture, a Shaker kitchen is an ideal addition to any home.

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The ultimate marriage between Classic and Modern kitchens, this Shaker kitchen has deep colour tones with copper emphasis features. All the fittings and fixtures blur the line of modern and tradition, with a Classic look but modern colour vibe. Unique furniture and design make Shaker Kitchens perfect for the middle ground in kitchen design. Minimal but beautifully dressed. Traditional but bold and modern at the same time. Storage solutions are part of the functionality of Shaker kitchens, but don’t detour from conveying yours as a luxury kitchen.

Whatever you choose for your new kitchen, be it Modern, Classic or Shaker – pick whatever suits you. Taste is, and always will be, subjective – it’s down to you.

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Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy

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Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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