Launch Of UK Disability History Month 2013

Summary- launch of UK Disability History Month 2013
I join Same Difference in continuing to fight for disability’s rights and celebrate successes and victories.I share Same Difference’s passion for supporting inclusive education.

Same Difference

Last night in London, disabled people, disability activists, carers and supporters gathered to launch UK Disability History Month 2013. Now in its fourth year, the Month continues to grow, and to be recognised and supported by national mainstream organisations. In fact, this year, it was co-sponsored by the National Union of Teachers.

The Month will, as usual, run from 22 November to 22 December. This year’s theme is Celebrating our Struggle for Independent Living: No Return to Institutions or Isolation. It’s a fitting theme, considering the recent victory in court over the closure of the Independent Living Fund, something which came up a few times through the evening.

As always, it was an educational evening of speeches and video clips, rounded off with a good laugh and a chance to socialise.

The evening began with a video clip from a recent BBC4 documentary, Disowned and Disabled, Breaking Free. This showed…

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The ABCDs of Leading with Trust

Thank you Randy for sharing this very sensible article. I like your key points on which leaders build trust.

Leading with Trust

ABCDThe world is in desperate need for a new kind of leadership. The type of leadership we’ve seen the last several decades has produced record low levels of trust and engagement in the workforce, so clearly what we’ve been doing isn’t working. We need a leadership philosophy grounded in the knowledge and belief that the most successful leaders and organizations are those that place an emphasis on leading with trust.

A critical step for leaders and organizations to take to realize the benefits of high levels of trust is to establish a common definition and framework of how to build trust. Most people think trust “just happens” in relationships. That’s a misconception. Trust is built through the intentional use of specific behaviors that, when repeated over time, create the condition of trust. Oddly enough, most leaders don’t think about trust until it’s broken. No one likes to think of himself…

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Why marketing needs a Human approach?

Author: Laure Ollivier-Minns


1- Content Marketing: The new Inbound Marketing Strategy  (

This article by Team Sociograph who help maximize your reach and build better marketing strategies, demonstrates that content marketing is the technique by which valuable content is created to attract, acquire and engage a clearly defined and understood target audience. The Sociograph team takes us through some points showing that it is not about direct selling but rather the Art of communicating with your customers and prospects.

2- Outsider’s Perspectives (TOP):  (

Achim Nowak explains in Switch and Shift that outsider’s perspectives should be encouraged inside the corporation and invited to test the Corporate Commitment. Among several points Achim Nowak encourages the Corporate by:

Claiming the Silent Outsider because its perspective will question hidden assumptions, challenge sacred corporate and strengthen empathy.

Foster. This article represents The Outsider’s Perspective (TOP) showing a way to foster more Human decisions. Achim Nowak’s plea for un-silencing Silent Outsider is a cry for the benefits of an un-silenced business culture he explains.

3- “All to do with behavior” and signs of lost Humanity in our workplaces: (

Ted Coin, Co-Found & Co-CEO at Switch & Shift, explains in his ‘Successful Strategy Execution’ article that deeply embedded traditional behavior tend to persist and they change far more slowly than marketplace factors or new strategic thinking. Ted Coin’s innovative approaches in changing behaviors and beliefs are to:

embracing public vulnerability  – (honesty about change of behavior needed)

Letting go – (having the willingness to move away from the business of yesterday.)

Building speed through trust

This was well pointed out by Shawn Murphy, Co-Founder Co-CEO at Switch and Shift, in his article this month  on ‘Signs of Lost Humanity in Our Workplaces’ commenting on the lack of choice and the absence of Connection. Shawn Murphy suggests that it is up to the manager to recognize a better possibility – a possibility, he claims, that sees and does something about the lack of humanity in the ways businesses treat the employee relationship. Shawn Murphy reminds us that the majority of work today relies on our critical and analytical thinking. Wouldn’t that mean also, accept constructive criticism I would like to ask him? Honesty and humility would have a part to play.

I agree with Shawn Murphy in his statement that “we are human beings who need inspiration and motivation  to transform business to be relevant in the 21st century”. 

Thank you Shawn Murphy for reminding us that when work is void of meaning, hope and purpose are absent. In its most basic form, hope is linked to survival.

And to conclude with the hope that the loss of humanity in our workplaces is merely a temporary problem that can be fixed when managers choose to recognize the enriching value work has on life.

4-  Make Marketing Work: (

Alex Levandoski reiterates in his article ‘ The 3 Biggest Secrets to Business Success’ is that we shouldn’t be afraid of change. As well as having a full commitment and always put Others First.

‘Network marketing is a business of relationships’ he claims and that your business will thrive on change.

Alex Levandoski continues further by pressing that CHANGE is a very necessary part of keeping ahead in technological innovation.

5- Emotional reason:  (

In his article Nial Adams emphasizes that consumers don’t buy products or services but emotional expectations they attach to them. In his article, about the Absolute Fundamental about Marketing, he points out that people will definitively buy your product if they have a strong enough emotional reason to do so. Nial Adams’s mentor taught him the gold-encrusted rule of sales and marketing which is:

“People buy on emotion and justify with logic”.

Those 5 points are merely an attempt to point out the need for change.

Norfolk seems still a bit slow regarding change. Oh and there are other places too! I’d like to see people to work more efficiently as a team and not be afraid to have a more ‘Human approach to business’. Would not those influencers great thinker make you reflect on a cocktail that would work? A cocktail of fundamental honesty, compassion and integrity? Good Teamwork through efficient communication is essential  to not only achieve a better environment in the workplace but also to strengthen the importance of working together. This would help to have a connection with each other, based on respect and trust, working towards the same goal.

We can all contribute to something better. Please feel free to comment.

Laure Ollivier-Minns – Sculptor – One of my interests is the passion for interpersonal relationship in the workplace. I also share the passion for a  worldwide contribution  and effort in the attempt of making life easier for those who are disadvantaged in all aspects of life.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Magnificent architecture! Inspiring photos. Thanks for sharing ‘Too Mutch For Words’. Brings nice memories from Thailand.
I love the quote by Mark Twain.

Too Mutch For Words

Shwe In Dein, Inle, Burma

“He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something; he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little; and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.” – Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad

Marcus, Hadyn and I lost count of the religious structures surrounding us. A thousand temples, a million stupas; myriad incense sticks and faded flower offerings; an abundant population of Buddhas and an endless collection of golden spires. At Shwe In Dein, on the shores of Burma’s Inle Lake, we will finally succumb to “pagoda burnout”: having witnessed an infinite number of spiritual monuments, we can no longer remember what we have seen at all…

(Brought to you by Weekly Photo Challenge).

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Jenny’s DLA was stopped;

Good on you Keith for questioning their pigeon holes system and supporting Foodbank, an invaluable source of ‘common sense’ – survival for so many disadvantaged.
Shame on the Government for their insensitivity and fail those in desperate need!

Social Action 2014

Jenny's DLA was stopped;

A letter a day to number 10. No 557.

Saturday 09 November 2013. Jenny’s DLA was stopped; the reason given was that as she was not expected to survive the required time.

Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste the text for your own letter.

Website updated, letters and replies plus bonus material featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit.

Also on the website, download the support compilation three album set from Atona. Not to be missed.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Chester and Ellesmere Port Foodbank (Wednesday, 6 November 2013): ‘Jenny shared her story with one of our volunteers, and requested that we share it with you (everyone). We are privileged to do so.’


Jenny came to the Chester and Ellesmere Port Foodbank last month, having been diagnosed with terminal Cancer…

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Situation du Cambodge

Arthur says \”une force indiscutable pour croire en son avenir à condition de donner les moyens à ces jeunes de recevoir une éducation convenable. Le système éducatif devrait donc être une priorité nationale, alors que bien des problèmes structurels demeurent\”

Arthur, ton cousin Leo qui enseigne au Sri Lanka en ce moment se rejoint tres bien a ce que tu vis et temoigne.

Au cours de beaucoup de mes voyages dans des pays sous developpes j’avais rencontre ce desarois et manque de fond envers tant d’enfants qui ont tellement de possibilitees et crevent de se faire entendre et reconnaitre. Ils meritent de meilleures conditions et reconnaissance dans leurs atous et enthousiasme d’apprendre: acceder a l’education pour pouvoir sortir de ce cercle de la pauvrete.

via Situation du Cambodge.