WWW: Big Society Network, acción en la red

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Mancheta de Big Society Network, Uk.


The Big Society is a society in which individual citizens feel big: big in terms of being supported and enabled; having real and regular influence; being capable of creating change in their neighbourhood. Does our society pass this test at the moment?

Well, only 4 out of 10 of us believe that we can influence local decisions. Only 1 in 33 of us attend public meetings. We feel anger and frustration at the recent behaviour of both the City and Westminster and relatively powerless to change them. We are often anonymous tax-payers without a real sense of how our money gets spent. Most of us try to be reasonably good citizens but our influence seems very small.

The Big Society is a powerful vision to change this, creating a nation of empowered citizens and communities. It has been articulated by Prime Minister David Cameron, but is linked to some of the best ideas across the political spectrum.

We believe that by working in partnership with communities, businesses, charities and foundations and statutory bodies we can generate innovative solutions which can strengthen local neighbourhoods.

Big Society Network is a not for profit group who aim to help organisations deliver the practical benefits of civic engagement.
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MAGS: The Chap, retro magazine

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, A Journal For The Modern Gentlemen.
Reino Unido
Desde 1999
Lucha por los derechos de ‘gentleman’ y la defensa del estilo británico.
Fumar en pipa.
Sombreros clásicos y de copa.
Corbatas clásicas.
Puros Churchill.
Cocktails de los cincuenta.

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30 euros, seis números.
‘Vintage’, para nostálgicos.

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The Chap Manifesto
1. THOU SHALT ALWAYS WEAR TWEED. No other fabric says so defiantly: I am a man of panache, savoir-faire and devil-may-care, and I will not be served Continental lager beer under any circumstances.

2 THOU SHALT NEVER NOT SMOKE. Health and Safety «executives» and jobsworth medical practitioners keep trying to convince us that smoking is bad for the lungs/heart/skin/eyebrows, but we all know that smoking a bent apple billiard full of rich Cavendish tobacco raises one’s general sense of well-being to levels unimaginable by the aforementioned spoilsports.

3 THOU SHALT ALWAYS BE COURTEOUS TO THE LADIES. A gentleman is never truly seated on an omnibus or railway carriage: he is merely keeping the seat warm for when a lady might need it. Those who take offence at being offered a seat are not really Ladies.

4 THOU SHALT NEVER, EVER, WEAR PANTALOONS DE NIMES. When you have progressed beyond fondling girls in the back seats of cinemas, you can stop wearing jeans. Wear fabrics appropriate to your age, and, who knows, you might even get a quick fumble in your box at the opera.

5 THOU SHALT ALWAYS DOFF ONE’S HAT. Alright, so you own a couple of trilbies. Good for you – but it’s hardly going to change the world. Once you start actually lifting them off your head when greeting, departing or simply saluting passers-by, then the revolution will really begin.

6 THOU SHALT NEVER FASTEN THE LOWEST BUTTON ON THY WESKIT. Look, we don’t make the rules, we simply try to keep them going. This one dates back to Edward VII, sufficient reason in itself to observe it.

7 THOU SHALT ALWAYS SPEAK PROPERLY. It’s quite simple really. Instead of saying «Yo, wassup?», say «How do you do?»

8 THOU SHALT NEVER WEAR PLIMSOLLS WHEN NOT DOING SPORT. Nor even when doing sport. Which you shouldn’t be doing anyway. Except cricket.

9 THOU SHALT ALWAYS WORSHIP AT THE TROUSER PRESS. At the end of each day, your trousers should be placed in one of Mr. Corby’s magical contraptions, and by the next morning your creases will be so sharp that they will start a riot on the high street.

10 THOU SHALT ALWAYS CULTIVATE INTERESTING FACIAL HAIR. By interesting we mean moustaches, not beards.

WWW: Foro Económico Mundial

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Esta semana tiene lugar el foro anual de Davos (desde 1971). Más de 40 líderes mundiales, exceptuando EEUU están todos, se unirán a 36 ministros de finanzas y banqueros para discutir sobre la crisis económica.

Davos (Suiza, 28 enero-1 de febrero) está infectada por 1.400 hombres de negocios, los ejecutivos neoliberales que han creado la crisis. Laurent Tettamanti, líder de las protestas de Ginebra, no confía en que ellos puedan resolver los problemas de la economía mundial.

Este año, dos ’periodistas ciudadanos’ contarán el desarrollo del evento a través de MySpace y YouTube. Los invitados son Rebecca McQuigg (LA, EEUU) y Pablo Camacho (Bogotá, Colombia).

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