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GREEN:K Hope Arkive Year Beta

|| Genome || Regeneration  ||  Energy  ||  Ecology  ||  Necessity  || Kohesion  ||  Hope  ||

Imagine That All We Humans Do is Part of a Universal 'Genome' of Actions from the Spring of Our Imagination, Imagine That Our Regeneration Initiatives and Actions are Rising from That Genome, Imagine That They Express Our Spiritual Energy, Imagine That That Creates the Ecology, Imagine That This Ecology is Necessary, Imagine That to Create The Cohesion That is Required to Achieve Homeostasis, Unity and Harmony or Equilibrium for Humanity, Both as Individuals and as Communities and Imagine That We Call All This Hope and Now Spell It as GREEN:K Hope. Welcome to The Humanion's New Section GREEN:K Hope: Created: September 03: 2016

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|| Genome || Regeneration  ||  Energy  ||  Ecology  ||  Necessity  || Kohesion  ||  Hope  ||

Imagine That All We Humans Do is Part of a Universal 'Genome' of Actions from the Spring of Our Imagination, Imagine That Our Regeneration Initiatives and Actions are Rising from That Genome, Imagine That They Express Our Spiritual Energy, Imagine That That Creates the Ecology, Imagine That This Ecology is Necessary, Imagine That to Create The Cohesion That is Required to Achieve Homeostasis, Unity and Harmony or Equilibrium for Humanity, Both as Individuals and as Communities and Imagine That We Call All This Hope and Now Spell It as GREEN:K Hope. Welcome to The Humanion's New Section GREEN:K Hope: Created: September 03: 2016

One Hundred Years of Finlanditude: For the Hundredth Times Will You Please Finnish Your Dinner Now: Missä: Anywhere in the World You Wish: Can I Do It at Home: So Long You Call Your Home a Green Beneath the Heavens: Mutta Milloin: August 25-27: On: Kiitos Paljon 

 

 


|| August 23: 2017 || ά. Suomi is the land and her tongue is called by the same Suomi name so that she is not sure whether you are calling her name or referring to her speech but regardless of that, Suomi is the 'äiti' or mother of all those Suomalainen, hailing from the Pohjolan land, the northern land, whom English calls the Finns, renaming Suomi into Finland. And then, you find, Johannes Sibelius, calling her Finlandia, while, long ago, a Dr Elias Lönnrot had left the practice of Medicine and gone to gather the Suomi Epic The Kalevala, finding other names, one being prominent, Kalevala spreading into some Karelian Pohjolan heaths. And, yet, all and everything of Suomi become 'Suomen' so that the Suomi tongue becomes Suomen Kieli and 'My Finnish book' becomes Minun suomen kirjani. But whatever she does with her words and however, lost you might feel, for not being able to recognise the same word for it becomes like a million different expressions as if it is a word-fountain, made of the same word, flowing and changing and becoming and metamorphosing like water and in the sun the word in her million expression-emeralds sparkles and dazzles and shines and shimmers and glimmers and glows and illumines and you see that Suomi is Kalevalan magic, where the Ancient Old Väinämöinen makes magic by retelling the word or story back to front. Suomi, to him, thus, would make magic, if he says it as Imous! Has it not made magic for you already? That you have now learnt to say Suomi backward and it makes up equally beautiful a word-world! See what happens to Kalevalan Marjatta if you say the word backward: attaajram. If you ask any language speakers, languages related to Sanskrit, they will read it as aaththaram or ramaaththa: or the soul of Rama. Now, as you go about Finnishing Your Dinner, to which this piece relates to, see how many more Suomi words you can turn backward to produce magic!

And each Suomi word is, thus, such a magic because each one does only exist in the dictionary in one fixed expression and out of it, outside the dictionary, into the living, creating and metamorphosing real world and spheres she takes and makes a universe of her own, making shapes, colours and music and magic as she goes, and if you are a non-native learner, you will scream for being unable recognise the same word, but you soon find that she, has the thread of music and magic connecting the variations with a love of the law and soon you will find you are at home in the word. But, she will stop like a sudden seagull and hear with her heart trembling, hands at a tense-equilibrium and her eyes sparkling and speaking and her neck long and majestic and rising and her aura is emerald green as if making a smile with music being let go, where a halo of whitened blue shimmers, when you say: Minä rakastan sinua. But she does not speak for silence is the language, in which the Universe-Swan swims, being the Eternal Sampo she is the word: Suomi. Aiti Suomi. And she is a hundred years old, a vanha nainen, an old woman, except, she has eternal youth, this year and no wonder she has developed a Finlanditude of a century old. Will you not rise and will you not join and go forth and speak Sibelian blues and symphonies in seven and nine? Well, this is our poetry of Suomi, celebrating the One Hundred Years of Finlanditude. And here, thousands of Finns and friends of Finland will be dining together on the weekend of August 25-27 to celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence. Finnish Your Dinner events will be organised around the globe in public places and private homes. And, wherever it is, that you are going to sit with friends, family and colleagues, to Finnish Your Dinner, please, leave a seat empty for The Humanion, which is no Suomalainen but a Suomainen Soul. Ask not what Suomainen means but, please, do, listen out to its music and reach out and touch and rise to its magic!

The 'Together' theme of Finland’s centenary celebration has inspired Finns and friends of Finland to create a truly eventful year. One easy way to join the celebrations is to dine together and even invite guests to your home. Several Finnish Your Dinner events organised by private citizens will take place in the United States, for example, in California, Florida and Alaska. Dinners will be organised in other places as well: Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Malawi, Rabat in Morocco, Antibes in France, Cologne, Rotterdam, Goiás in Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala, among other places. “It is a pleasure to see that so many Finns and friends of Finland around the world have been inspired to invite both friends and strangers to join them for dinner. These dinners will be happy, communal events, that will, hopefully, attract even new friends of Finland.” says Ms Petra Theman, Director of the Unit for Public Diplomacy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Riku Mattila and Arto Voipio, two Finnish students in Amsterdam, are organising a surprise dinner for their friends in a central location in the city. “Every autumn, my friend and I, organise a birthday party on a bit grander scale. This year we will be partying in Amsterdam with about 70 friends, who will be flying there for the weekend. Finland’s magnificent centenary and the Finnish Your Dinner event, that happens to fall on the same weekend inspired us to combine these two celebrations. It’s like having a birthday party with Finland!” Mattila explains excitedly.

The programme for the weekend will be a complete surprise to the guests. “We will be arriving at the venue in a very original style and the menu will be packed with delicacies of the season. The end of summer and Finland’s jubilee year will make the party feeling high enough to raise the roof or the sky.” Voipio says contentedly.

Finnish missions in five cities around the world will, also, organise their Finnish Your Dinner events, following the Finnish concept of Dinner in the open air. Dinners will be organised in St Petersburg, Tallinn, Washington, Buenos Aires and Kuala Lumpur. All the missions’ dinners were booked to capacity in a matter of minutes.

“This is a good example of how the centenary year brings together Finns and friends of Finland even abroad.” Ms Theman says.

Anyone anywhere can set up their own Finnish Your Dinner table on the weekend of August 25-27 and offer strangers an opportunity to celebrate Finland 100. You can sign up by pinning your dinner on the digital map. In different parts of Finland, events will be organised under the name Dinner in the Open Air.

“The goal is that no Finn will eat their dinner alone that day.” says Ms Tanja Jänicke from the Yhteismaa Association, the brains behind the concept. Finnish Your Dinner and Dinner in the Open Air form part of the Finland 100 anniversary programme.
 
Inquiries: Finnish Your Dinner, abroad: Petra Theman, Director, Unit for Public Diplomacy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, petra.theman at formin.fi, tel. +358 295 351 558.
Dinner in the Open Air, in Finland: Tanja Jänicke, Yhteismaa, tanja at yhteismaa.fi, tel. +358 50 382 0333

Yhteismaa is a non-profit organisation founded in 2012, specialising in projects, events and services of interest to society. They create tools through which we all can better reach our potential and improve the world around us. ω.

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format of firstname.lastname at formin.fi.

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Regeneration of Deprived Neighbourhoods Can Improve Residents’ Mental Health

A Fish Cannot Live Happy in the Ocean When It is Absolutely Disconnected and Broken Away From Everything That It is Supposed to Be Part of

 

Before this story is presented, an anecdotal brief, to raise all the issues, that this piece raises and offers some insights, that the politicians, political parties and policy makers must take note of. Whitechapel, in East of London, is one of the most poor of places, not just in London but probably, in the entire United Kingdom. Imagine, this couple with one child, the baby just born, without a place of their own, staying with extended family. This little boy was three months old by which he never had a 'place' of his own to set his 'little sleeping basket'. Then they became homeless and were sent, imagine, to Luton. Where they 'spent' three years, in which, they were moved six times, sent all across Bradford, placed at horrible temporary accommodations, at six places, at six times. Then they were sent to Wiltshire. In one place they stayed a few weeks somewhere in Windsor, then they were moved to another area and then they were getting ready to be moved to some other parts of Swindon for only three weeks, from where they will be moved again. And the little boy is not even four. Imagine, by the time this little boy grows to be sixteen, how many places he will have been sent to and moved away from. What kind of  psychology, what kind of human mind can you expect to find in this couple of human beings? What kind of a human being, what kind of a young man this little boy will grow up to be? When a society does that to its members, what does effectively it do? It breaks every possible path for human soul to grow and remain as human soul proper into absolute dust and debris. Imagine, this boy, on the other hand, being born into a place, that is his parental home, where he grew up in a place, his own neighbourhood, where he would have gone to all the layers of educational, social, cultural and other institutions, where he would have made connections, built friendships and he would have been recognised by all his neighbours and wherever he went he would have been greeted by people, who have seen him as a baby, as a toddler, as an infant, as a teenager, who would have known his parents and grandparents and uncles and aunts. There would be old people, who would stop him to say a story about his father or mother, when they were young and used to come to the youth centre he used to work as caretaker. There would not be a place or person, that this young man would not know in his area, in his neighbourhood, his locality, his community, his society. And imagine, that now these very people, who saw him become a young man going to University and graduating and becoming some sort of a big young scientist and everybody will point at him from afar, look, that's our little this, you remember, that y and t's son, you know the one, who was trying to catch a butterfly off the school fence and got stuck between the wood planks, that's him. Now, he works for NASA. See? That's our boy. May his soul rest in peace. He will be so proud in heaven. That's his grandfather, I am talking about. We went to the same school, college and university and fell in love with the same woman, except she loved him and not I! And now, this same young man is getting married and wedding invites are going to these very people of this community, from which, he grew out of, like the way a tree grows out of the earth. This does not happen in the society, that has been growing or rather, that has been dying away in the UK because politicians are minding their pennies and raising walls and taking down everything, that behaves like seeds, that needs earth, that needs water, that needs air and light and dark to be planted, to grow, to grow through roots and branches to become part of a garden and contribute to the garden working its magic for change of seasons and times. That is society. Until this is accepted society will continue to gasp for air and people living in this society will continue to be broken. That is the essential sadness of today. And yet, this does not have to be. It does not have to be.


|| May 26: 2017: Cardiff University News || ά. Community-led regeneration in deprived neighbourhoods can improve the mental health of residents, concludes new research by Cardiff University. The study, one of the first worldwide to measure changes in mental health during neighbourhood regeneration, found a small but measurable improvement in the mental health of residents in areas of Caerphilly County Borough, that underwent community-led regeneration compared to those, that didn’t. This was equivalent to one in every three residents in regeneration areas, reporting improved symptoms.

There was, also, a significant trend between length of residence and mental health, suggesting that the longer people resided in areas experiencing regeneration the more their mental health improved. The neighbourhood regeneration project evaluated was Communities First, a Welsh Government initiative to reduce poverty in the 100 most deprived of the 881 electoral wards in Wales. Using anonymously linked data from Caerphilly County Borough Council, general practices and existing studies, 10,892 residents from areas, that did and didn’t receive Communities First funding for regeneration were tracked over a seven-year period, 2001 to 2008.

According to study Lead, Dr James White, Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the Centre for Trials Research and DECIPHer Centre, “The significance of this research should not be overstated. Billions of dollars are spent worldwide on regeneration projects and very few have been evaluated. Our study shows that targeted regeneration, directed by the residents of deprived urban communities, can help to improve the mental health of residents. We found Communities First narrowed the gap in poor mental health between the more and less deprived neighbourhoods.”

During the period studied, 2001 to 2008, 1,500 regeneration projects were delivered as part of the Communities First programme in Caerphilly County Borough at a cost of £82,857,180. The type of regeneration projects were diverse and included: Crime: installing street lighting, Education: teaching assistants, Health: provision of sport equipment, Housing and physical environment, conducting housing maintenance and repairs and redevelopment of waste land, Vocational training and business support: providing computer skills training to the unemployed, Community: building community centres.

The study, also, showed that before regeneration, residents of Communities First areas were more likely to be: unemployed, 03.2% vs 02.5%, sick or disabled, 17.1% vs 10.6%, live in rented accommodation, 25.8% vs 14.7% and live in poverty, 58.8% vs 43.9%, than residents of control areas.

Dr White added, “The Communities First regeneration programme we evaluated is unique in that community residents, rather than local councils or governments, identified areas to be regenerated. The policy implication of this finding is that targeted regeneration, directed by the residents of deprived urban communities, may, help to reduce inequalities in mental health.”

The authors hope the research will inform policy to improve mental health and narrow health inequalities at the population-level. The study ‘Improving Mental Health through the Regeneration of Deprived Neighbourhoods: A Natural Experiment’ is published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

The Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University is the largest group of academic clinical trials staff in Wales. They tackle the big diseases and health concerns of our time, including growing resistance to antibiotics, early cancer diagnosis and how to eliminate health inequalities. The Centre collaborates worldwide with researchers across a wide range of important research areas including behaviour change, cancer, children and young people, infections, methods, the older person and medical devices.

The Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health ImprovementDECIPHer is a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence that brings together leading experts from a range of disciplines to tackle public health issues such as diet and nutrition; physical activity; and tobacco, alcohol and drugs, with a particular focus on developing and evaluating multi-level interventions that will have an impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people. The Centre engages strongly with policy, practice and public user communities as our stakeholders, to translate the research results into practical outcomes.

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked the University 5th in the UK for research excellence. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise encompasses: the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences; and the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, along with a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff’s flagship Research Institutes are offering radical new approaches to pressing global problems. ω.

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You Imagine Not What Everyone Seems Determined to Force You to Imagine: That This Park is a Sociological Jungle: Instead You Imagine It as the Most Beautiful Space and Place Where a Community Gathers Around and About Nature and Natural Ecology and Life and People are a Connected Ecology of One Humanity as Water in the Ocean as Blue in the Sky as Silence Over a Temple-Spire and Then You Create This Space Like Aberdare: Imagine Aberdare as the Most Beautiful Space and Place and Go There to Create It on May 12 at 14:00

|| May 08: 2017: University of South Wales News || ά. Why is it that everyone seems absolutely determined to stay brickened up to a point of view that, the majority of the people, and in this the minority is as equally badly unhappy and unrestful as the majority, in the sixth richest economy in the world, are doomed to live and suffer in a state, that cannot but be described as made-absolutely-agony-blown, as if the very purpose of the system of public affairs management and economics is nothing but to make life a misery for the majority of the people and while doing that it cannot but fail to make the same miserable life for the minority, who pretends to be happier? For the minority, albeit holding the power, the wealth, the riches, cannot fail to see and be affected by what the majority of the country are given to simply take in because, they, too, are human; though they train themselves in dehumanising themselves so that they can function and 'enjoy' their profits and riches by consuming on. They are suffering from the same but a different kind of degradation. And yet, no one says, hold on a second. How did, say, the Wales Assembly come about? It did not exist, say, in 1990. Where did it come from? The Eiffel Tower, once, was non-existence.

South Sudan, as a country did not exist, not long ago. Barack Obama was not the President of the USA, then he became so and twice so and then he is no longer so. But the fact that once he was not and then he followed something, what he called, the Audacity of Hope: hope is the faith that one can create something, anything, whatever one likes to. So Why not create a Beethoven? Why create a nightmare? Why not imagine, believe and get together to create a United Kingdom, that would be the best possible country in the history of humanity? Why not? Why is it and why should it continue to be a rich country, housing poor people in vary many kinds of poverty? Humans were not anywhere near the Moon, not long ago. Mars still has not got humans anywhere near her silence but soon she will hear human footfalls. What we are saying is this, this brickened up state is the cause of the devastating state of the suffering of the people of the UK: a cynical state has been hammered in the social psyche so that no one can ever be inspired for who can inspire anyone, who is absolutely determined not to look up and even pretend to look. It is as if one is trying to inspire people who are deliberately asleep. No one can wake the ones deliberately asleep.

And yet, if we wake up and hear what is being said, what is possible and say to ourselves that we do not have to imagine what everyone seems determined to force us to imagine: that, say, this park, is a sociological jungle, where there is no humanity but a social jingoism exists there, where the richest are the fittest to dictate the terms of existence for the ones they declare having no right to exist because they are not the richest and fittest. Instead, we can imagine this park, as the most beautiful space and place, where a community gathers around and about nature and natural ecology and life and people are a connected ecology of one humanity as water in the ocean, as blue in the sky, as silence over a temple-spire and then we create this space, this place, this garden, this public space, that can be, called, a country, a nation, a people, a society, a community or an ecology of humanity, or here, today, it is, Aberdare. And we then go about creating Aberdare as we have imagined it to be and it will come be so because we have created it so. The Geography students at the University of South Wales are seeking to do just that. They are trying to inspire and encourage the community of Aberdare to take part in an ambitious gardening project. The second-year students have come up with the Growing Aberdare project, which will see a community flowerbed being planted in Aberdare Park for local residents and school groups to help maintain. The project will culminate in celebratory event at Aberdare Park on Friday,  May 12, starting at 14:00, in which everyone of the local community is invited to get their hands and minds creative and help put in the first plants to the flowerbed.

Dear Reader, just look at this image, all the students of the Geography Department of this University. Now, let us demonstrate what we have been saying: This scene was not real, once. These students were not there, once. This mountain peak was, once, sat on by empty space in spiralling silence, where the blues sung on more blues, where darkness swirled as flickers of disappearing lights arranged fire-fly-vigils in the dark. Then how did this reality of all these students being there come about, where they are standing and taking in the wider view, that none them could ever have been able, even to imagine, as to how astonishing their very country looked and how the landscapes seemed to just roll out and on and bringing in the wider horizon to follow suit, both getting smaller and further and how tiny, how insignificant we, the humanity, looked against the vastness of the mother nature and yet, how astonishing, how amazing and how beautiful this is to be able to witness and experience this vastness, ever widening, ever reaching and ever connecting towards further and wider vastness so that we are able to feel being a part of this magnificence? And yet, this would not have been a reality for any of these students, unless and until, at least one of them or some of them, came up with the idea and then tell the others and went about seeking to inspire them to be able to empathise what their fellow friends had imagined it to be like, to be up on that peak of that mountain.

And they were able to inspire all of their friends, who then put up and pull together their resources and supported each other and went to reach up there and they did, one day, reach there. Imagine, United Kingdom, as a country, could exist as such, on top of the elevated summit of all the heights, if people believe, if people imagine, if people put their faith in this belief and than seek to tell and try to show other people what it would be like to be such a country, such a nation, such a people, such a humanity so that, like these students, the people of this country are inspired to share in this faith, in this belief and spread the inspiration, as if it is a strange magical spell started taking over the lands and just making people go mad that they begin to see the future as real and they begin to say: we could hear the music; it's in the air. And then, only than, like these students, the UK and all the people in this country will suddenly find that they and the UK are actually reaching that summit, that height. But can you find a single word, out there, in the spheres of the nation, that would let you believe that it is at all possible?

No. 'So now what?' you would pose and The Humanion can only tell you, Dear Reader, that we have found the word. And the word is Aberdare. Think of this. It takes just two hydrogen atoms and one of oxygen to bind together to form a molecule of water. That is all that life needs for an ecology, for a weather, for creating the web of life. Hope, Dear Reader, is the faith that one can create, craft, make, bring forth to reality, assert into existence that what never existed. And therefore, here, for our purpose, Aberdare is the hope: to bring forth that what did not, does not exist. And what is that? You might ask. That we can imagine this park, Aberdare, as the most beautiful space and place, where a community gathers around and about nature and natural ecology and life and people are a connected ecology of one humanity as water in the ocean, where water is one and no other, as blue in the sky, where blue is one and no other, as silence over a temple-spire, where silence is one and no other and then we create this space, this place, this garden, this public space, that can be, called, a country, a nation, a people, a society, a community or an ecology of humanity, or here, today, it is, Aberdare. And we then go about creating Aberdare as we have imagined it to be and it will come be so because we have created it so.

Ms Abby Davies, one of the students, who has set up the project, said, “We have carried out months of research by visiting the community and asking various questions of the local stakeholders and they all agreed that a community flowerbed would be a great addition to the park.

By groups of people working together, from local schools to council members, park officials and regular park users, the flowerbed can be something that the whole of Aberdare can be proud of.

Getting involved in the project provides them with the opportunity to take an active role in the park, meet new people, feel that they are able to participate in decision making and feel more empowered.” ω.

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University of Sustainability: Which One is That: University of Manchester: Why Because They Can Take One Action That Leads to 10,000 and That They Know the  Best of Humanity Resides in Imagination So That They Can Come Up the Idea to Get the Students to Create a Fictional University

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|| April 16: 2017: University of Manchester News || ά. The University of Manchester has won a national award for two of its projects, which inform staff and students about sustainability and provide a positive impact on the local community and beyond. At a national awards ceremony, the Association of University Directors of Estates:AUDE gave Manchester their Whole Institutional Sustainability Engagement Award for two projects, 10,000 Actions and the Sustainability Challenge.

The Sustainability Challenge was rolled out across the University campus last September with around 5,000 new students, assembling into probably the largest project team in history. Their mission was to work together to design a new campus for the fictional ‘University of Millchester’. Working in groups with people they often hadn’t met before, the students had to incorporate costs and energy efficiency, while paying attention to the needs of the local community.

Ultimately the aim was to learn more about the issues around energy, community relations and social responsibility and to develop leadership skills. The other project, 10,000 Actions, is for University staff and encourages everyone to learn about the key issues of sustainability such as travel, responsible purchasing and energy and the actions they can take to make a big difference through an innovative online tool.

More than 20,000 actions, which range from cycling to work to joining local environmental groups have been pledged and many carried out since the scheme launched in November.

Emma Gardner, Head of Environmental Sustainability at the University, said, “Socially responsible action is one of the key objectives of the University. These projects are part of how we translate that ideal to real action.

Through 10,000 Actions and the Sustainability Challenge, our staff and students are learning skills and taking action that makes Manchester and beyond better for everyone. These are two key social responsibility signature programmes focused on sustainability, so it is particularly pleasing to them recognised in this way.” ω.

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Students Receive International Recognition for Their Volunteering for Local Communities: Working Towards Building a Healthier and More Sustainable Home

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|| April 11: 2017: University of Bristol News || ά. The value of 8,000 Bristol students working with 250 city partners on sustainability engagement has been recognised by the International Green Gown award. In 2015 the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol worked together with their respective Student Unions and key stakeholders, such as the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, to provide their students with opportunities to contribute to Bristol's year as European Green Capital. With funding of £248,000 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England:HEFCE, the project Green Capital Student Capital saw a wide range of student-community activities flourish, with universities providing a multitude of opportunities to work with local groups and businesses.

Having won an Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges:EAUC national Green Gown award in 2016, the project has now beaten off stiff competition from universities around the world to become the International Green Gown prize-winner for Student Engagement. In total, students gave over 140,000 hours of their time to Bristol. Their activities included helping local NGOs write business plans, volunteering in wildlife conservation groups, delivering lessons on sustainability in primary schools and many others. EAUC judges said, "This is a dynamic city-wide project that has it all; with high levels of student engagement, curricular and extra-curricular activity.

It clearly demonstrates a sustainable model for student engagement and is a very worthy winner. Partnership is the new leadership.” Chris Willmore, Professor of Sustainability and Law and Project Co-ordinator, said, "This is a wonderful achievement. This project demonstrates the value of higher education and the student community as a real force for sustainability action. We would like to thank everyone in the city who brought their ideas, energy and resources to this initiative – this is your award too."

Opportunities remain for communities to engage with students. The project created an online platform, Skills Bridge, with an enquiry form for organisations to suggest new ideas for student-community engagement projects around sustainability.

In the words of EAUC's Chief Executive, Iain Patton, "We have to find new ways of showing the world the power of education as a solution to our social and economic problems. These awards tell the story of how young people are not only wanting to make the world a better place but rolling their sleeves up and doing it."
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The Work of Creating Hope Goes on: What is the Rabyd-Vax Project

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|| April 06: 2017 || ά. RABYD-VAX combines the expertise of five European research institutes to develop and validate a vaccine, that protects against both Rabies and Yellow Fever:Japanese encephalitis virus and which, could ultimately be given as a prophylactic childhood vaccine incorporated in the standard childhood vaccination schedule of endemic regions. This side-by-side with domestic and wildlife animal vaccination programmes to eradicate rabies. This vaccine is based on a novel proprietary vaccine technology developed by the team of the Co-ordinating institution of this Project, University of Leuven: KU Leuven. This vaccine has several significant advantages over the currently used commercial vaccines. Within this consortium the aim is to ready this vaccine candidate for the late pre-clinical development stage.


Rabies is a devastating and massively neglected disease, for which the mortality rate and burden per capita falls disproportionately upon the poorest regions of the world. Rabies is a viral disease, that is largely transmitted to humans via a bite by infected animals. Once the first clinical symptoms, such as hydrophobia, have developed, the disease is uniformly lethal and patients, if not put into an artificial coma, die in great agony. Worldwide, rabies causes approximately 58,000 deaths, of which, the majority are young children. A vaccine exists but is associated with several drawbacks, such as the need for a cold chain, kept at cool temperature, high costs, multiple dosing regimen with concomitant visits to health care facilities etc, due to which, the coverage remains unacceptably low.

Why Yellow Fever and Japanese Encephalitis: Depending on the region of application the project will develop a bivalent rabies:yellow fever or rabies:Japanese encephalitis vaccine. The yellow fever virus:YFV, a mosquito-borne flavivirus, causes severe and life-threatening infections with jaundice, systemic bleeding, shock and multi-organ failure. An estimated 900 million people living in 45 endemic countries of Africa and Latin America are at high risk of infection. Although safe and highly efficient live-attenuated prophylactic vaccines:YFV-17D, Stamaril and YF-Vax are available, an estimated 200,000 cases of yellow fever still occur annually, resulting in 30,000 deaths because of inadequate supplies, the need for trained staff and a cold chain.

The Japanese Encephalitis Virus:JEV, is a mosquito-borne flavivirus, causes viral encephalitis in many countries of Asia, with an estimated 68,000 clinical cases every year. The case-fatality rate among the patients, that develop encephalitis is up to 30%, permanent neurologic or psychiatric sequelae is reported in 30-50%. As for rabies, it is primarily a children’s disease. More than three billion people are at risk of infection.

Which Technology: The team of Professor  Neyts, Co-ordinator, developed a novel vaccine platform technology, named PLLAV, i.e. plasmid-launched live-attenuated vaccine, inventors K. Dallmeier and J. Neyts. In essence, the technology consists of a proprietary Bacterial Artificial Chromosome:BAC shuttle vector, in which the genome of the yellow fever virus vaccine YFV-17D, which is a live-attenuated vaccine:LAV, has been cloned.

Once this recombinant DNA plasmid is introduced in an eukaryotic cell, the LAV is expressed and immunity triggered. Hence, this approach combines, i: the high efficacy of LAVs for inducing protective immunity and ii: the physical and genetic stability of classical DNA vaccines, bypassing the manufacturing problems and need for a cold chain.

Moreover, as can be seen from what is outline in the following section, this approach allows to conveniently design and rapidly produce vaccines against other pathogens i.e. rabies, as well. The PLLAV technology presents numerous key advantages over the currently available vaccines, i.e. i: it can be produced at high quantities in fermenters without the need for cell cultures or embryonated chicken eggs; ii: it’s genetically stable; iii: no cold-chain is needed and iv: it can be administered needle-free.

In fact, the PLLAV technology addresses the need for good vaccines for the developing world as articulated by Médecins Sans Frontières, “Developing vaccines, that are better adapted to reach children in remote or unstable locations, vaccines, that do not require refrigeration, do not require needles and that can be given in fewer doses, paying enough attention to getting vaccine prices down”.

Five Objectives

Within this four-year duration of this project it will focus on the following five key objectives:

Objective 01: Development of PLLAV-rabies vaccine candidate
Objective 02: Study of the immunity induced by PLLAV-rabies vaccines
Objective 03: Dual protection from lethal vaccine challenge
Objective 04: Proof-of-concept study for immunogenicity and safety
Objective 05: Development trajectory, transition to advanced pre-clinical development

Eight Work Packages

To meet its five key objectives, the scientific project has been organised in eight Work Packages, with:

WP01-04: Dedicated to basic research
WP05: To the development of a well-based vaccine development plan
WP06: To management
WP07: To dissemination and communication activities
WP08: To supervision of ethic requirements: ω.

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An Army of Volunteers Over Fifties Inspired to Give More: Concentrate of the Giving Part Where Reside the Meaning and Purpose of Life


|| March 17: 2017 || ά.  A young woman in Wirral starts a social enterprise, another in Liverpool starts a community project, two young men, in Wales start another social enterprise, another young woman in Wales starts a social enterprise to raise funding to help the homeless. A Charlotte Hollins and her brother start a co-operative revolution. Something beautiful is happening in the minds and direction of the young people of the UK, that the political and economical landscape has not yet noticed properly. Why are these young people, all over the country, seeking to spend their lives in working and creating for others, for social values and social commitment. As if they are making a statement that says: we refuse to live in the gutter of 'selfishness' and will seek to create our own avenues to live for something bigger, something better and something profound. And similar things are becoming more evident in the older generations, too, who are questioning, the 'all consuming culture', that ends up at the point, where individuals ending up on the path of 'consuming' the self itself, to the detriment of everything and without any regard to anything else at all. This is what The Humanion is here to shout about. And here is a project, taking shape, that points at the communal life for the ecology, that the human souls require to live in harmony and connectivity with the wider humanity and the wider metaphorical human soul, comes from this communal and social life-sphere.

And here, with this project,  people as diverse groups of people as A ad E patients and children behind with their reading, are among those, that will benefit from funding for volunteers aged fifty and over in communities across the UK. Ten organisations will share £740,000 from Nesta and the Office for Civil Society:OCS to test the scope for 50+ volunteers and establish best practice when it comes to retaining their time and talents. As part of the Give More Get More Fund, five organisations will trial intensive volunteering placements for people aged fifty and over. The Join In Stay In fund, a partnership with the Behavioural Insights Team, will involve another five organisations undertaking Randomised Controlled Trials:RCTs to understand what works best in encouraging volunteers to continue to give their time regularly. The funds are intended to provide new insights on encouraging more people to give their time as volunteers, alongside paid professionals, and how this approach can complement public services.

Nesta’s work reveals that many people in later life are keen to give back but are looking for new ways to do so that fit in with their work, caring responsibilities and leisure. The new innovative approaches funded today will inform and improve opportunities for the voluntary sector. Lydia Ragoonanan, Senior Programme Manager at Nesta, said, “The two funds offer an opportunity to demonstrate and scale the impact that people over fifty can add to the communities they live in; whether that be through more intensive volunteering or through more people giving their time more regularly.

The lessons will not only help deliver better public services, but also remove some of the barriers for people fifty and over getting involved in services they care about.” The Give More Get More grantees are that: i: Beanstalk £100,000: The national children’s literacy charity will recruit volunteers to deliver four times a week, intensive support to children, who are behind with their reading and develop a new volunteer Mentor scheme for newly trained reading helpers.

ii: Genesis Housing Association, 100,000: The London-based housing association will recruit and train at least 100 volunteer Wellbeing Mentors to give three days a week over four months in support of 100 people living on the association’s housing estates with moderate to medium mental health needs.

iii: King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, £99,986: Volunteers giving 15 hours a week for six months will support A and E staff from the first point of contact until the patient is discharged and where appropriate accompany and follow-up with patients in their home.

iv: North Tyneside VODA, £98,388: The Voluntary Organisation’s Development Agency will recruit 120 volunteers to undertake an intensive three-month programme of volunteering. Working in teams of 12-15, volunteers will design, plan and deliver a series of community projects.

v: Volunteering Matters, £99,335: The national volunteering charity will enable volunteers to support disabled young people aged 16–24 in transition from education and who are ineligible for continuing health/social care support. Volunteers will give two days a week over three months.

The Join In Stay In grantees are i: Marine Conservation Society, £50,000: Will engage volunteers in conversation and beach clearing activities in three-four coastal towns in England.

ii: Family Mosaic Housing Association, £45,720: Will partner with other housing trusts to mentor people in need, to befriend isolated people and contribute to community improvement and clean-up schemes.

iii: Barnardos, £50,000: Will use volunteers to renovate children's centres and support children through a wide range of volunteering roles, such as mentoring and support roles.

iv: Leicester City Council, £50,000: Will engage volunteers to improve the environment of public parks and other open spaces across the county.

v: CSW Group Ltd, £50,000: Volunteers will help improve the access to, and use of community transport options across Somerset

The Join In Stay In and Give More Get More funds sit alongside the Second Half, Early Years Social Action and Savers Support Funds that aim to mobilise volunteers to tackle specific social challenges.

The funds follow on from Nesta and the Office for Civil Society’s Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, which ran from 2013-16 and mobilised volunteers to work alongside public services.

About Nesta: Nesta is a global innovation foundation. Our mission is to spark and shape new ideas to improve how the world works for everyone. We use our knowledge, networks, funding and skills to take on big challenges, working in partnership with others to make change happen. We are a UK charity and our work is enabled by a financial endowment. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833. ω.

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And Will You Join the Big Lunch: It is Good for You Soul: June 17-18

A Story Out of Life: From the Big Lunch Project of the Eden Project: Bringing people together to celebrate where they live: After Helen Buckingham left a career in teaching she still was keen to continue working with young people in the Wirral, where she lives. Passionate about getting young people more involved with creating and maintaining green spaces, Helen had initial thoughts about starting a social enterprise but wasn't sure where to begin. ''Eden showed me different ways to engage communities and helped to clarify my ideas.'' Helen learned about the work the Eden Project was doing in 2014. ''I attended a Community Camp at Eden, where I learned about different ways to engage communities.'' says Helen,. ''As well as the more practical information behind running projects.'' Most of this came from speaking to other participants and finding out how they had managed to accomplish what she wanted to achieve. ''Eden, also, helped me clarify my ideas.'' says Helen. She soon decided that she wanted to work specifically with young people, who had mental health difficulties and this became the focus of her project. Using the knowledge and motivation that she obtained from being part of Eden Project Communities, Helen has gone on to do amazing things. In August 2015 she officially registered Grow Sow Well as a community interest company. She was then given a site for her garden at the back of her local library and she has recently been awarded funding. Grow Sow Well now works with residents, schools and community groups, bringing people together to celebrate their area and increase awareness of healthy eating and food production. Helen continues to keep in touch and collaborate with other Community Campers in the Wirral.


|| March 16: 2017 || ά. New research from the University of Oxford shows that the more often people eat with others, the more likely they are to feel happy and satisfied with their lives. Using data from a national survey by the Big Lunch, the researchers looked at the link between social eating and an individual’s happiness, the number of friends they have, their connection to their community and overall satisfaction with life. Results suggest communal eating increases social bonding and feelings of wellbeing and enhances one’s sense of contentedness and embedding within the community.

The Big Lunch, an idea from the Eden Project, made possible by the Big Lottery Fund, worked with the University of Oxford’s Professor of Psychology, Robin Dunbar, on the study, which aimed to shine a light on the UK’s mealtimes and how often we eat with others. Researchers found that people, who eat socially are more likely to feel better about themselves and have a wider social network capable of providing social and emotional support. Despite the clear correlation between social eating and social bonding, with 76% of those questioned, saying that they thought sharing a meal was a good way to bring people closer together, the survey shows that many meals in the UK are eaten alone.

A third of weekday evening meals are eaten in isolation and the average adult eats 10 meals out of 21 alone every week. Busy lives and hectic work schedules are the main causes of this solitary dining trend. More than two thirds, 69 per cent, of those questioned, had never shared a meal with any of their neighbours, 37 per cent had never eaten with a community group, while a fifth of people, said it had been over six months since they had shared a meal with their parents.

The study, also, revealed that, although 57 per cent regularly eat an evening meal with other people during the week, nearly a fifth said that that was a rare occurrence. This is despite most respondents claiming that eating with others made them feel closer to each other. Little wonder then that two thirds of us admit that there are certain people in our lives, that we know we should make the effort to spend more time with.

One in eight of those questioned said that it had been more than six months since they’d shared a lunch with friends or family, either at their home or in a café, pub or restaurant. And a fifth of those questioned hadn’t eaten an evening meal out with a good friend or family member for more than six months.

Even when living with others, the opportunity to sit down together and enjoy a meal can be rare, 21 per cent, said that their routine meant they eat their evening meal at a different time to others in their household.

Those over the age of 55 are most likely to eat alone, one in four in this age group said an evening meal with others wasn’t a usual occurrence.
Professor Robin Dunbar of the University of Oxford’s Experimental Psychology department, said, “This study suggests that social eating has an important role in the facilitation of social bonding, and that communal eating may have even evolved as a mechanism for humans to do just that.

We know from previous studies that social networks are important in combatting mental and physical illness. A significant proportion of respondents felt that having a meal together was an important way of making or reinforcing these social networks. In these increasingly fraught times, when community cohesion is ever more important, making time for and joining in communal meals is perhaps the single most important thing we can do – both for our own health and wellbeing and for that of the wider community”

Peter Stewart, Executive Director of Eden Project, behind the Big Lunch, said, “Social eating clearly plays a key role in the development of community life and the happiness of individuals within that community, 75% of respondents recognised that making an effort to see someone more often was best done by sharing a meal. As this research shows, sharing food can help strengthen community bonds and it’s also really good fun!

The Big Lunch has been bringing people together to share food and good times for nearly a decade. This year the Big Lunch is on June 18 as part of the Great Get-Together weekend. We’re hoping that 10 million people will join the Big Lunch and eat with their neighbours this year,  the biggest community get together ever!”

The Big Lunch has been encouraging annual get-togethers for neighbours since 2009. Last year saw 07.3 million people take to streets, parks and gardens to share a meal with neighbours at over 90,000 events. The aim of The Big Lunch is to help people to make new local connections, that in turn helps to reduce loneliness and builds social capital. ω.

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Christchurch Calling for Inspiration: The Humanion Answers: Community is the Human Ecology in Which Individual Human Souls Live as Fish: Until Each Individual Finds This Out for Themselves and Chooses to Be an Active, Effective and Engaged Part of It Nothing Will Change: We are Too Much Isolated in Ourselves as If We are a State of Our Own But Sadly This is Becoming More and More Evident Everyday Across the Globe and Not Just in Christchurch: But Those on the Other Side Who are One with Faith in This Common Human Ecology are Getting Stronger  Too and Must Carry on Calling Out to All to Rise up and Become Part of This Ecology That Feeds Our Souls

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|| March 04: 2017: Lincoln University New Zealand News || ά. The creativity that brought us projects like the Re:Start Container Mall, the pallet pavilion and a cycle-powered cinema could now be stymied in the face of big block developments and over-planning. A Lincoln University research project has uncovered the need for a solid plan that will nurture creativity in the community, prolong the benefits of unconventional thinking and create economic advantages.

PhD candidate Trudi Cameron-Agnew researched what lay behind creative ideas in post-earthquake Christchurch. She interviewed 45 people, who were primary drivers of novel projects in the city since September, 2010. The creative ideas mostly involved social enterprise, as well as adapting commercial environments or creating community art projects. Most participants expressed concern that the city would likely struggle to live up to the international reputation for creativity it had gained in the wake of the quakes.

“There seems little room for organic development and spaces for the magic to occur. This will be the opposite of motivating for many of these people,” says Ms Cameron-Agnew.

“Creative projects are important at any time, not just periods of transition, so ongoing planning is needed for encouraging the bold ideas that will add vibrancy to the city in the long term.” She says that the idea of the study was to find out if there were any similarities in the motivations of those, who are prepared to put their novel ideas into action. She also wanted to discover how the post-disaster setting affected their actions.

Some participants described their projects as world firsts, while many were unique to New Zealand but none had previously been attempted in Christchurch, especially in the post-quake environment. Around 70 per cent said that they were mainly motivated by social values or a desire to bring enjoyment to their quake-stricken community.

Less than 25 per cent expected to make money out of their projects and of those, many were concerned only with financial sustainability. “This is perhaps unsurprising because the earthquakes were a catalyst for people to act creatively and compassionately in an environment that was suddenly more embracing of less conventional ideas.” says Ms Cameron-Agnew.

“As the length of the transitional period could not have been predicted, it is not surprising that those driven by the heart weren’t thinking of long-term strategies.”Learning from this could be worthwhile to prolong benefits and create economic advantages, she says.

Most participants said that they had felt supported when carrying out their projects. Sixty-four per cent received some form of funding, ranging from grants, assisting them through the initial post-quake period to relatively large amounts of money designated for transitional projects. Other funds were awarded to bring life back to the central city and aid its recovery.

The majority of those, who worked with the Christchurch City Council were happy with the assistance they received. Several participants said that many councillors had campaigned and been elected during a period, when they were aware of the challenges that lay ahead, which meant the resulting council was sympathetic to fresh ideas.

In March, Ms Cameron-Agnew will present her initial research findings in Florence, Italy at a conference entitled Creative society: Idea, Problems and Concepts, which she hopes will be of particular interest in the wake of the recent earthquakes experienced in that country. ω.

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As of Valmiki's The Ramayana Arising Out of the Depth of Sorrow From the Highest of Grief, Bereavement and Loss is Born the Highest of Hope

 Scientists Sally George and Elisa Izquierdo Delgado, who received funding from Christopher’s Smile, with Karen Capel, Kevin Capel

 

|| December 18: 2016: The Institute of Cancer Research London News || ά. As of the Sanskrit epic, The Ramayana, by Valmiki, arising out of deep sorrow, often in human endeavours, from the highest of grief, bereavement and loss is born the highest of hope. This is about this highest of hope arising out off the deep depth of pain to inspire. Losing a child to cancer is one of the most traumatic experiences a parent can go through. People respond in different ways to the enormous sense of loss that it causes. In a few cases, parents have channelled their emotions into the establishment of trusts and small charities aiming to fund research that improves the lives of future patients. Here at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, we’re fortunate to receive considerable financial support from these parent-led charities. We feel a sense of duty to repay the money we receive by delivering tangible benefits in our understanding research and treatment of children’s cancers.

Although cancers in children and young people are much less common than in adults, cancer is, nonetheless, the biggest cause of death in this age group. While some childhood cancers, such as leukaemia, can usually be treated successfully, others, such as paediatric brain cancers, continue to have poor survival rates. And treatments for childhood and teenage cancers also tend to be much less sophisticated than those for adult cancers. While adults are increasingly treated with precision medicines targeted to the weaknesses of their tumours, children still often get traditional impersonal chemotherapy, which can cause serious, and long-lasting, side-effects since each child is different and they cannot be taken as automatons to be the same. The main problem is that we simply don’t know enough about the biology of childhood cancers and this is where parent-led charities are playing such an important role.

At the ICR, they are funding research that is delving into the genetic background of children’s cancers, identifying mutations linked to the risk of aggressive disease or recurrence, and developing tests that can help predict prognosis or pick out mutations that could be targeted by drugs. It is thanks to vital research like this that we are able to make clinical breakthroughs much more quickly.

Parents of children who have had cancer support us in all sorts of ways: from setting up online donation pages in memoriam, to bigger projects such as an annual fundraising event celebrating their late child’s birthday in tribute. From these early enterprises, some people then go on to set up a whole new charity in their child’s name, to fundraise for research into a particular form of cancer as well as to increase public awareness of it. Such people show incredible fortitude, dedication, courage and altruism in the wake of their personal tragedy, as they try to help others avoid such tragedies through their efforts to fund important research, and they contribute significantly.

The relentless efforts of our scientists and the families behind us have the same motivation: to improve the outlook for children with cancer, both now and in the future.

Charities such as Abbie’s Army, Christopher’s Smile, Abbie’s Fund, Rob’s ARTTT, A Rare Teenage Tumour Trust, the Chris Lucas Trust and the Tom Bowdidge Foundation have been incredible in their support of a range of different research projects at the ICR, which are making a hugely positive difference to the treatment options for children with cancer. These charities, in turn, are gaining the satisfaction of seeing tangible results emerge from their investment.

Abbie’s Army has helped move forward our research into childhood brain cancers. The charity was set up in memory of six-year old Abbie Mifsud, who developed diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma:DIPG, a type of brain tumour usually diagnosed in children aged between five and nine years, and which is inoperable and incurable.

The charity’s contributions enabled the talented researcher Katy Taylor to complete her PhD, which was focused on identifying and testing novel therapeutic targets for DIPG. She was guided by a team headed by Professor Chris Jones, who said, “We are lucky enough to receive support from several parent-led foundations. The fact that there is such an unmet clinical need in this area, and that any progress we can make would allow families to avoid such a tragedy, hugely motivates my team, of which I am very proud to be part.”

Amanda Walker, Abbie’s mother, said, “We are very proud to be supporting the ICR. It is so important for us to know that the funding we raise in Abbie’s memory is going to make a difference for children and families diagnosed with DIPG in the future.” Katy Taylor herself found that the emotional investment in the outcomes of her research lent it an even greater focus and made it especially rewarding, to the extent that she dedicated her PhD thesis to Abbie’s memory.

Her dedication to her subject was rewarded in other ways, too. She was the recipient of the Paediatric Basic Science Award at the Annual Society of Neuro-Oncology Scientific Meeting in the US, a leading international conference of brain tumour experts from around the world. The competition was extremely tough, with almost 1,000 entries, so this is a brilliant achievement for Katy, as well as being a source of pride for the ICR and the founders of Abbie’s Army.

Christopher’s Smile was set up by Kevin and Karen Capel in memory of their son, who developed medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumour which is most commonly found in children. After a brave fight, Christopher Capel was just five years’ old when he died from the disease.

The charity’s input has made possible a huge amount of research into childhood-specific cancers. It has supported the funding of four full-time research scientists, and they contributed significantly to the development of a new genetic test for children with cancer, which will enable clinicians to analyse 81 cancer genes in children’s tumours and understand the specific mutations driving them. This should eventually enable oncologists to design the best possible treatment plan for each patient, including where appropriate access to the latest clinical trials.

Kevin Capel commented, “This new test is a first, and will open doors to potential new treatments, benefiting those children who receive the worst prognosis.”

The Chris Lucas Trust has for some years helped propel our research into another type of tumour: soft-tissue sarcoma. It was set up in 2000 by the parents of a teenager who developed rhabdomyosarcoma, which is the most common of this kind to be found in children and young people, and is a major cause of cancer-related deaths as it is both hard to detect, it resembles muscle tissue, and hard to treat.

So far, the Lucas family’s contributions have enabled our researchers to learn about the disease and to find targeted therapies to treat it successfully. Our studies have resulted in the creation of two separate molecular therapies that could block the processes driving growth in this tumour.

The progress has been gratifying for Chris’s parents. Lynn Lucas commented, “We recognised the ICR’s expertise in childhood cancer when we first sought advice about funding research, and we believed in their commitment to developing new drugs that will help children and people with cancer.”

Thanks are also due to the Tom Bowdidge Foundation, set up by a teenage cancer patient himself, which has helped us conduct research into another type of soft-tissue sarcoma, desmoplastic small round cell tumour:DSRCT.

This rarer form of the cancer tends to occur only in young men in their late teens or early twenties, and is particularly aggressive. When Tom died aged just 19, his parents took up his mission to fund research into the disease, for which no real targeted treatments have been available up until now.

The foundation’s contributions have so far funded a postdoctoral researcher over three years, as well as other DSRCT research costs. The team the foundation supports is guided by Professor Janet Shipley, one of the world’s leading experts on soft-tissue sarcomas. She is trying to gain insights into the DSRCT by unravelling what triggers it and understanding its biology. The idea is that this should ultimately help them find targeted treatments to fight the disease.

Richard Bowdidge, Tom’s father, commented: “One of the key aims of the Foundation is to make a real difference to the way teenage cancers are treated in the future. To be able to work with the ICR is a really exciting opportunity for us and funding research into DSRCT is especially important: it is what Tom would have wanted.

We have also worked closely with parent-led charities on our important campaigning work. Pharmaceutical companies have tended to be reluctant to run the trials of new therapies that could potentially help children and adolescents with cancer because there is little money to be made in producing treatments for children.

The EU legislation governing paediatric research does attempt to ensure companies more often trial new drugs in children, but a waiver system continues to allow many to opt out from doing so. So, in the last couple of years, the ICR has taken steps to try and change this, and campaigned to alter the EU Paediatric Regulation to make it harder to opt out from running trials. Our Chief Executive Professor Paul Workman has written a blog about it.

ICR staff, including Professor Louis Chesler and the now-retired Professor Andy Pearson, campaigned with others in the paediatric oncology community to stop companies from being able to gain a waiver from running paediatric trials, wherever there is evidence that an adult cancer drug could potentially benefit children.

We gained widespread media coverage for the cause, and a letter signed by Professor Workman and many of our partners, including Abbie’s Army, the Chris Lucas Trust and Christopher’s Smile, was published in the Daily Telegraph.

Eventually the European Medicines Agency agreed to alter its guidelines for the regulation of paediatric trials of new drugs, to make it harder for pharmaceutical companies to sidestep undertaking them.

There is some way to go before we can feel assured that all worthwhile paediatric trials are carried out, but this is a step in the right direction, and it should mean that more children with cancer will have the access they deserve to the targeted therapies that could help them.

It is another example of how the ICR is able to maximise its impact on the lives of children with cancer by working together with partners and in particular with parent-led charities.

The Humanion ends this piece by just adding this: How else are you going know that you exist, unless you think? How else are you to know your life is worth something, unless you love? How else are you to know that your life has a purpose unless you give? Anything that arises out of love cannot but be the high best of humanity and that love, having lost it, causes the ones that loved to take that love to the world to show: look, being fortunate enough to love, we have learnt, there is nothing better in this Universe and in and out of humanity than love and love is nothing but the means to give for giving is the highest of humanity that we can ever be. Therefore, at the ICR and beyond ICR The Humanion calls on all souls: Love be, love do and love is: the infinitive of existence, the verb mirror of actions of existence and the life-elle, the essence of existence. Philosophy it is, that the Greeks called Natural Science; they had the reason to call it so and we, here at The Humanion, have made it our Raison d'être: to live in the love of seeking and learning. ω.

Image: Abbie’s parents, Amanda and Ray, visiting the ICR lab: Images: The Institute of Cancer Research London

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Bow Arts: Visions in the Nunnery 2016: October 05-December 18

Still: Dryden Goodwin: Image: Artist


|| October 15: 2016 || ά. Ground-breaking international moving image and performance exhibition Visions opening at Bow Arts in the Nunnery. The Visions is opening with Dryden Goodwin and including artists Marina Abramović’ Ori Gersht, Richard Layzell and Uriel Orlow. Exhibition: October 05-December 18, 2016 with Frieze East End Night performance: Saturday, October 08, 18:00-22:00.

Visions in the Nunnery, a renowned showcase of contemporary moving image and performance work, is returning to Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery, London for a special celebratory tenth edition. Selected from over 1500 world-wide submissions, combined with a star-studded list of invited artists and previous exhibitors, the show will present a unique and exciting platform for cutting edge digital and performance art.

Established in 1999, Visions offers an informed overview of the provocative and quick-changing mediums of moving image and performance. The 2016 exhibition will showcase over 100 artists’ work through an innovative six-part programme, punctuated by 12 events featuring live performances in the gallery and its unique Victorian enclosed courtyard. Exhibition partners include Artsadmin, who are lending Steve Lambert’s iconic and interactive installation Capitalism Works For Me! True:False, LIMA, an international platform for media art, who will lend a variety of work including Marina Abramović’s The Scream and the Rotterdam-based Unnoticed Art Festival.

The first London showing of Dryden Goodwin’s work Poised will open the exhibition during Frieze week, Visions is one of Frieze’s recommended not-for-profit shows, with works alongside focusing on the body and close observation in Oct 05-20. A special event for Frieze’s East End Night will close the first week, featuring Patrick Simkins’ live and interactive performance Dance and Draw.

Following the Nunnery Gallery’s winning of the Connect Competition to work with Susan Hiller, Visions will take part in the Museums at Night festival at the end of October, premiering a new installation from film duo Webb-Ellis, whose work follows a community pilgrimage inspired by Hiller’s Homage to Joseph Beuys series in Octber 25-30. Three of Ori Gersht’s works will follow in November, with accompanying screenings exploring setting in motion processes that disrupt in unexpected ways in November 01-16.

Three mixed programmes will follow: Programme One will launch with live performances including Gur Arie Piepskovitz’s A Passion for Passion, just returning from touring at Edinburgh Fringe, including works from Ruth Novaczek and Tanya Syed, who are just about to show at Tate Modern in From Reel to Real and Uriel Orlow in November 17-23. Programme Two includes a set of networked performances, including Natalia Skobeeva who just won the Red Mansion prize, and an event from Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film:BEEF presenting immersive photochemical and sonic experimental performances, including a live performance from Louisa Fairclough in Novermber 24-30. The final Programme Three will open with a new and live performance from Richard Layzell, feature Nina Danino who is shortlisted for the Jury Award at this year’s Venice Film Festival, and close with a re-enactment of the emblematic video work Döppelganger from Prof Elaine Shemilt, part of a series started in 1974, three of which were exhibited at the Video Show at the Serpentine Gallery in May 1975 in December 01-18.

The show is selected and curated by Visions curators Cinzia Cremona and Tessa Garland.

Address: Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8980 7774
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun, 10:00-17:00. Admission: Free
Travel: Bow Road Tube Station, Bow Church DLR

About Visions in the Nunnery: Established in 1999, the open submission exhibition Visions in the Nunnery was pioneering in its championing of emerging and experimental moving image practice, exhibiting artists such as Oreet Ashery, Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson, Heather Phillipson and Matt Stokes at the very early stages of their careers. With all work having to been made in the last two years, Visions has drawn submissions from over 15 countries and attracted leading artists to showcase their latest exploratory work. The last Visions in the Nunnery was in 2012; the 2016 show is the tenth edition.

About Bow Arts: Bow Arts Trust was established as an educational arts charity in 1995 and supports a community of over 400 artists with affordable, secure and creative workspaces. Bow Arts also runs the Nunnery Gallery, a contemporary art gallery which supports a diverse range of local, national and international exhibitions and events.
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The Conservation Optimism Summit 2017: April 20-22 at London's Dulwich College and ZSL


|| October 09: 2016 || ά. With more than half of the world’s wildlife having disappeared in the last 40 years and climate change continuing to push many species to the brink of extinction, the challenges facing wildlife conservation have never been greater. But while the threats facing the planet can sometimes seem overwhelming, a new summit being organised by the Zoological Society of London:ZSL and the University of Oxford is aiming to shift conservation focus onto the success stories, and highlight that there is a need, as well as a cause, for optimism.

The Conservation Optimism Summit 2017, is to be held on April 20-22, will bring together people from across the worlds of conservation, government, industry and academia to highlight ways in which we can celebrate successes and encourage a new, positive way of thinking about conservation to inspire more people to work for wildlife. Following two days of workshops and discussion at Dulwich College in London, the summit will culminate on Earth Day 2017 with a public event at ZSL London Zoo to share, showcase and celebrate the work that has been done so far to conserve species across the animal kingdom, from partula snails to pandas.

Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director at ZSL, said: “No matter how you dress it up, the human impact on the environment has been devastating. Not surprisingly, the conservation movement has traditionally had negative messaging focussing on the threats and overwhelming challenges.

However this is not the way to inspire change. We need to create a positive vision for the future, focus on solutions and inspire society to take action. We need to celebrate success, identify what is working and bring it to scale.”

Professor EJ Milner-Gulland, Director of Oxford’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science:ICCS, is one of the figures spearheading the event. She says: ''Nobody is underestimating the task that faces conservationists. There’s lots of bad news out there, and it can give the impression that the field is full of despair. But it’s not like that, and what we need to do is change that mindset so that we can continue to attract talented young people into conservation, as well as inspiring the public with hope about the future, and ensuring we can influence policy makers to help address the most urgent problems facing the planet.’

The summit has already attracted high-profile support from environmental campaigner and well known chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who says: ''I'm lucky enough to have the medium of television to discuss and investigate environmental issues that I think are important. One thing I’ve learned is how important it is to present positive solutions and to keep hope alive, as well as educating audiences about the problems facing the world.

I’m therefore delighted to support the Conservation Optimism initiative and its partners in their mission to spread a new wave of positivity throughout the environmental community.’

The event will partner with the Global Earth Optimism Summit, co-ordinated by the Smithsonian Institute, as well as an event being held by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
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Colombia: A Farewell to Arms: Ban Ki-moon Pledges UN Support to Historic Peace Deal

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses attendees at the signing of the Colombia Peace Agreements, in Cartegena. Image:  OSSG

 

|| September 27: 2016 || ά. Colombians are “bidding farewell to decades of flames and sending up a bright flare of hope that illuminates the world,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday in Cartagena, welcoming the signing by the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People's Army:FARC-EP of a peace deal ending more than 50 years of conflict. Deeply moved to see thousands of Colombians at the signing ceremony, Mr. Ban said he was honoured to celebrate the achievement of the parties “and that of countless Colombians who never lost hope in peace.”

Since 2012, parties have been in talks hosted in Havana, Cuba. Throughout, negotiators have reached agreements on key issues such as political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and victims' rights and transitional justice. Among other developments, the Government and the FARC-EP announced in May an agreement to release and reintegrate child soldiers from the opposition force. The parties also announced the establishment of a gender sub-commission to bolster the voice of women in the peace process.

In his remarks the Secretary-General recalled that when he first visited Colombia five years ago, the adoption of the Victims’ Law had begun to build the foundations for peace. “You had the vision to bring the victims to the forefront. What they have lost can never be restored. Yet victims have been among the most forceful voices for peace and reconciliation, and against bitterness and hatred. Their example should be an inspiration to all,” he said.

Commending the parties for the first steps they have taken to acknowledge responsibility for tragic events of the conflict, the UN chief encourages them to continue on this path and, welcoming the commitments made to ensure truth, justice and reparations for all victims, he said: “This is how healing begins.” With a ceasefire now in effect and violence in the country reduced significantly, the Secretary-General said that lives have already been saved. Moreover, the initial release of minors is a welcome beginning, he noted, commending the negotiating teams that worked tirelessly in Havana who had shown the courage that will be needed in the crucial period ahead.

The agreements promise not only to stop the armed conflict, but to create the conditions for lasting peace based on equitable development, human rights and inclusion. They envision a peace that values and ensures the participation of women, and a future in which there is room in politics for all, “but no room in politics for violence,” underscored Mr. Ban.

And while the divisions and distrust from decades of conflict run deep, “I hope that the Colombian people can overcome the pain, join together and make this a truly national project.” He also stressed that the peace process has been led by Colombians “every step of the way.” With the peace accord reached, the parties have now entrusted important responsibilities to the UN, which the Security Council has unanimously endorsed. In that regard, he said the UN Mission in Colombia, tasked with the verification of the ceasefire and the laying down of arms, is already deployed throughout the country.

“Its verification mandate is activated with the signing of this agreement. I thank the countries from within and beyond the region that are providing observers,” explained the UN-Head. Further, the United Nations system in Colombia will also be there to help implement the agreements, building on many years of engagement on peacebuilding and its work with victims and communities. “We will continue to offer our support to address the human rights and humanitarian challenges that persist. I am encouraged to know that there is already excellent collaboration among the Mission, the larger UN system in the country and our Colombian partners,” the Secretary-General added.

He went on to recognize the invaluable contribution of Cuba and Norway, as guarantors of the process. He also commended Chile and Venezuela as accompanying countries. In addition, peacemakers working in other parts of the world are already studying Colombia's peace process for lessons that can inform their efforts, he noted. “The challenge now is to convert the vision that was so carefully crafted in Havana into transformative change here in Colombia, especially in some of the most remote and historically neglected regions of the country. Demonstrating early dividends will be crucial for building confidence,” he stressed.

Encouraging the parties to remain as strongly committed to implementing the agreements as they were to reaching them, the Secretary-General also encouraged them to welcome in this endeavour the contributions of all who are part of the diverse and vibrant nation: civil society, the private sector, Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, women and youth.

“But now, thanks to painstaking, visionary dialogue, you can look ahead with optimism. You are inviting Colombians to join you in pasando la página a un futuro en paz, turning the page to a future in peace,” said Mr. Ban, adding: Today, Colombians are bidding farewell to decades of flames, and sending up a bright flare of hope that illuminates the entire world. Viva la Paz! Viva Colombia!

Also present at the signing ceremony, Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, congratulated all involved in the process and welcomed the historic opportunity, which brings an end to more than 50 years of armed conflict and opens a new chapter of peace in Colombia and Latin America.

“The 2030 Agenda clearly states that there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development,” and as such, he looked forward to the full implementation of the agreements and to continue “our strong engagement and support so the remarkable progress achieved may be reconfirmed in the coming months and years. Colombia and this process are an example and a beacon of hope to the international community.” ω.  

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Lights of Soho’s Second Annual Open Submission Show:  September 29-October 29.

|| September 22: 2016 || ά. Lights of Soho Gallery has announced its full list of artists selected to exhibit at the second annual open submission show, Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness: Only Light Can Do That. The show, named by Mark Westall, Editor-in-Chief of FAD Magazine, attracted submissions from hundreds of established and emerging light artists from across Europe. The Gallery is based at  35 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RX. Lights of Soho’s second annual Open Submission show will open to the public on September 29 and run through October 29.

Mark Westall and Lights of Soho’s Exhibitions Producer Alexa Pearson, have curated 33 artists and over 40 artworks that will be available to view and purchase, with prices starting at £300. Amongst those selected include renowned neon artist, Olivia Steele who has displayed works across the world from Burning Man festival to the Rumney Guggenheim Gallery, New York.

The ‘Prince of London Pop Art’ Philip Colbert will exhibit his first series of neons. Christabel MacGreevy and Kate Bellm will be exhibiting a series of photographs on lightboxes shot by Kate and edited by Christabel. Also exhibiting are Lauren Baker, who has just had her first solo show at MC Saatchi, Dangerous Minds and Benjamin Murphy, plus many more leading lights.

Inspired by the quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” the open submission show looks to remember the power of light in times of political unrest across the world. Westall states “It was a sheer pleasure to be involved in the curation of this show. We wanted artists to show us work that drives away the dark and hate - we want to celebrate light and love. Lights of Soho is one of the most exciting venues in London and it is admirable that the gallery is, once again, supporting emerging artists and giving talented young people the chance to demonstrate their creativity and exhibit their work.”

Lights of Soho curator Hamish Jenkinson states, “The quality of submissions this year was fantastic, and perhaps even exceeded the standard of submissions we received last year. It is incredibly heartening to see so many submissions, and such a wide variety of styles. The sheer number of submissions shows us that there is a real need for emerging artists to have a platform to display their work, and we at Lights of Soho consistently aspire to provide that.”

Alongside having their art displayed in Lights of Soho, artists will also receive complimentary memberships to Lights of Soho.

Artists whose works are on display are: Olivia Steele, Philip Colbert, Christabel MacGreevy x Kate Bellm, Dangerous Minds, Lauren Baker, Sara Pope, Piers Bourke, Benjamin Murphy, A A van Linden Tol, Henry Byrne, Lake Twins, Lauren McLaughlin, THE DnA FACTORY MRBS, Bridie Murdock, Glenn “FITZY” Fitzpatrick, Dannielle Hodson, Emma Elliott, Gillian Westgate, Patxa Ibarz Gil, Richard Hughes, Kim Smith, Eve De Haan, Romily Alice, Neil Shirreff, Susan Henderson, Marta Fuster Barutell, Deborah Tchoudjinoff, Anna Fafaliou, Robin Baumgarten, Montague Armstrong & Ramachandra, Michael Wallner, Toni Gallagher and Joe Kibria.

Lights of Soho: Lights of Soho is London’s brightest art gallery and members lounge, operating as a cultural hub for Soho’s creative community and the global home of creative neon and light art formats. In addition to the gallery space and members lounge, Lights of Soho provides a daytime meeting space for Soho’s cultural connectors, influencers and creative community. Lights of Soho offers food and drink and an online art shop.

Gallery opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 11:00-18:00: Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RX: 0207 183 2003: info at lightsofsoho.com:
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To Read or To Be Read: Paddington Seeking to Be a Place for People

|| September 22: 2016 || ά. British Land has today announced a collaboration with world leading architectural, landscaping and design practice, Snøhetta, to create an innovative and inspirational space at Paddington Central. British Land works with local communities to design efficient, engaging places and uses design to enliven and bring places to life. At Paddington Central the vision is to create a softer, greener space that promotes wellbeing for those who work, shop, live and visit.

The first of these spaces will be located on Kingdom Street, where pocket parks are being curated with new public art, fire pits and games rooms, adding character to a renewed streetscape. The Snøhetta design uses the principals of a library with a modern day interpretation in an artistic form. From this, Snøhetta created a cluster of oversized books that create a variety of spaces, ranging from quiet and reflective to extrovert and public. The basic structure is geometric and simple, allowing for a number of different interpretations by rotating the back walls of the books and flipping the pages.

The second space will spectacularly transform the area adjacent to the waterside and partly covered by the Westway. Snøhetta have been commissioned to create a distinct and innovative design that will combine aesthetic beauty with practical benefits for occupiers and users of the canalside area.

The collaborations with Snøhetta will be launched in two phases. “The Library” will be the first to launch in 2017. This initiative is one of four major design partnerships recently announced by British Land. The company uses design to help environments that are in tune with modern lifestyles and which become destinations of choice.

British Land CEO, Chris Grigg, comments: “Our vision is to create Places People Prefer and design forms an integral part of delivering places that make a positive difference to people’s lives. We are delighted to be partnering with Snøhetta; at the heart of good design is the challenge to deliver the most impact and best outcome for the user whether it is an individual product, a single building or the wider environment.”

Snøhetta Partner and Managing Director, Robert Greenwood, comments: “British Land stands apart as a company that understands the role of private initiative in public projects. We are thrilled to be a part of their ongoing commitment to design by creating Places People Prefer.”
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About Snøhetta: Snøhetta began as a collaborative architectural and landscape workshop, and has remained true to its trans-disciplinary way of thinking since its inception. Our work strives to enhance our sense of place, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether feral or human-made. Museums, markets, reindeer observatories, landscapes and dollhouses get the same care and attention to purpose. In 1989, Snøhetta received its first commission to re-conceive the great Alexandria Library in Egypt after winning an international design competition. This was followed a decade later by another competition-winning proposal for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. In 2004, Snøhetta was commissioned to build the only cultural building on the World Trade Center Memorial site, and a permanent office was then set up in New York. In 2013, following the commission to design the new SFMOMA Expansion, Snøhetta launched its San Francisco studio.

About British Land: We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £19.7 billion (of which British Land share is £14.4 billion), as valued at September 30 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to finance these places effectively. Our 07.5 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier City office campus, 50% share. We were awarded the 2016 Queen's Award for Enterprise, the UK's highest accolade for business success, for our continued economic, social and environmental achievements over five years. Our industry-leading sustainability strategy is a powerful tool to deliver lasting value for all our stakeholders. By supporting communities, improving environments and growing economies, we create Places People Prefer and enhance long-term returns.

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Lights of Soho Gallery Invites Submissions for Its Open Submission Show from Light Artists: Deadline: September 17

Aowen Jin: An Artist Whose Art Arises Out of Her Thoughts as the Light She Works with Arises Out of the Darkness

|| September 09: 2016 || ά. Light's Soho, a home of creative neon and light art formats is opening its doors for the second annual open submission show. Submissions are invited from new and established light artists for a show special show. Artists looking to enter Lights of Soho’s open submission showcase should submit applications by September 17 with chosen artists to be notified by September 20.

Inspired by the quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” the open submission show looks to remember the power of light in times of political unrest across the world. Westall states “We want artists to show us work that drives away the dark and hate, we want to celebrate light and love. The Show will be  curated by Mark Westall, Editor-in-Chief of FAD Magazine.

Lights of Soho is one of the most exciting venues in London and it is admirable that the gallery is, once again, supporting emerging artists and giving talented young people the chance to demonstrate their creativity and exhibit their work. I’m excited to see what light artists out there are creating.”

Following 2015’s highly successful open submission show guest-curated by Robert Montgomery, Lights of Soho is once again inviting young talent who use light as a medium in their work to exhibit alongside established names in light art. Lights of Soho curator Hamish Jenkinson states, “After the amazing entries we received last year, which included artists from New Zealand, Israel and beyond, we’re thrilled to once again bring back our democratic experience which allows young artists to submit their work to the gallery. Lights of Soho is a hub for young creatives and we want to shout about these incredible artists and display their works on our walls and welcome in the next generation of light and neon artists.”

Mark Westall founded FAD in 2010. The site covers contemporary art news, street art, video, design and more. The site mainly focuses on London, although there is coverage of Berlin, Paris and New York. FAD is a multimedia online platform offering an eclectic mix of art. To submit artist should make applications with images and information on their piece to open at lightsofsoho.com by September 17 with chosen artists to be notified by September 20. All terms and conditions and submission information found at lightsofsoho.com/open. Alongside having their art displayed in Lights of Soho, artists will also receive complimentary memberships to the Gallery.


Lights of Soho’s second annual Open Submission show will open to the public on 29th September 29 and run through October 29.

About Lights of Soho: Lights of Soho is London’s brightest art gallery and members lounge, operating as a cultural hub for Soho’s creative community and the global home of creative neon and light art formats. In addition to the gallery space and members lounge, Lights of Soho provides a daytime meeting space for Soho’s cultural connectors, influencers and creative community. Lights of Soho offers food and drink and an online art shop. Gallery opening hours: Monday–Sunday; 11:00-18:00. Lights of Soho is based at Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RX, Tel: 0207 183 2003. Email: info at lightsofsoho.com:
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GREEN:K Hope

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|| September 03: 2016 || ά. Imagine That All We Humans Do is Part of a Universal 'Genome' of Actions from the Spring of Our Imagination, Imagine That Our Regeneration Initiatives and Actions are Rising from That Genome, Imagine That They Express Our Spiritual Energy, Imagine That That Creates the Ecology, Imagine That This Ecology is Necessary, Imagine That to Create The Cohesion That is Required to Achieve Homeostasis, Unity and Harmony or Equilibrium for Humanity, Both as Individuals and as Communities and Imagine That We Call All This Hope and Now Spell It as GREEN:K Hope. Welcome to The Humanion's New Section GREEN:K Hope. Please, send in materials, news, festivals and events, as well as writing, in and about || Genome || Regeneration || Energy || Ecology || Necessity || Kohesion || Hope and anything and everything you as individuals, as organisations, as groups, as communities, a businesses, as charities and academia, that you are doing and would like people and communities to know about and get involved in, anything, any project, venture, initiative, imaginary, visionary, forward looking social and communal rejuvenation, regeneration, creating social and cultural ecology of oneness and diversity in communities and all that seeks to strive to inspire and achieve community cohesion, regeneration and rejuvenation. However, please, note, GREEN:K Hope is NOT INTERESTED about social media hashtags, videos, vlogs or apps whatsoever. The Humanion would like to see humanity in reality and reality in humanity, where people and communities, individuals and groups, are coming together, working together, imagining and creating and interacting together. Send in materials and writings to editor at thehumanion dot com. ω.

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September 03: 2016

 

Bow Arts Celebrates 33,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for ‘Raw Materials: Wood to Exploring the Heritage of the River Lea Valley



Canning Town Wharf, Looking northward along the wharf, 1935; Image: Newham Archives: By Courtesy of Bow Arts

 

|| September 03: 2016 || ά. Bow Arts is delighted to announce they have received a £33,000 Heritage Lottery Fund:HLF grant for their community driven project Raw Materials. Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will explore the industrial heritage of the ‘raw material’ wood through the River Lea, which runs through the heart of east London and right by Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery. Telling the stories of the areas that line the riverbanks, including Hackney Wick, Walthamstow and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Raw Materials will create a legacy for east London’s industrial history, including a map, walking and river tours and an exhibition of unearthed objects in the Nunnery Gallery in Spring 2017.

Foundation for FutureLondon, the charity created to help realise the ambitions for the cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, are also supporting the project through a grant of 10,000 that will ensure the digital legacy of the project for generations to come. The project has also had tremendous local support, including the Victoria and Albert museum, who will be joining the Cultural and Education District in 2021, The Geffrye Museum, Stratford’s Building and Crafts College and local boroughs’ archive collections, including Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney.

Educational arts charity Bow Arts has been working with the east London community and supporting artists through affordable workspace since 1995. The Nunnery Gallery is their not-for-profit, free and public space, presenting a programme of east London and heritage driven events and exhibitions. This grant support, together with expertise from project partners, will enable their most ambitious and far-reaching heritage driven exhibition to date.

Raw Materials will work directly with the community through a steering group who will lead the project’s research, while students from Stratford’s Buildings and Crafts College will incorporate the project’s research into their furniture making course. There will also be an exciting programme of events, workshops and area tours, providing multiple opportunities for communities old and new to engage with an important part of London’s heritage.

Commenting on the award, Sophie Hill, Nunnery Gallery Director, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded this grant. Part of the Nunnery Gallery’s mission is to explore east London’s heritage through engagement with our local audience. This project is an invaluable opportunity to marry the extensive redevelopment that came with London 2012 to east London’s rich and important past, ensuring new and old communities share in the history that shaped this iconic area. We’re incredibly grateful to HLF, FFL and all our project partners for supporting the project”.

To Get Involved: Bow Arts are offering opportunities for the community to be part of the project’s steering group. To find more details about the project.

About Bow Arts: Bow Arts Trust was established as an educational arts charity in 1995 and supports a community of over 400 artists with affordable, secure and creative workspaces. Bow Arts also runs the Nunnery Gallery, a contemporary art gallery which supports a diverse range of local, national and international exhibitions and events.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund: Sharing Heritage is for any not-for-profit group wanting to explore their community’s heritage. With a commitment from HLF of £3m each year, Sharing Heritage grants between £3,000 and £10,000 are now available to groups who want to discover their local heritage. Projects can cover a wide spectrum of subject matter from exploring local archaeology and a community’s cultures and traditions to identifying and recording local wildlife and protecting the surrounding environment to managing and training volunteers, and holding festivals and events to commemorate the past. Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

About the Foundation for FutureLondon: Foundation for FutureLondon was created to work with the Mayor of London to ensure that all Londoners can benefit from the opportunities created by the unique collaboration of world class institutions forming the cultural and education district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. FFL also co-ordinates the fundraising efforts for this emblematic project.
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The Humanion Ellinika Stories: One, Two, Three

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Humanion ''When Young Dawn with Her Rose-Red Fingers Shone Once More'' She Finds the Soul of Efi Latsoudi and Konstantinos Mitragas Representing the Hellenic Rescue Team, Standing in Light: A Greek Human Rights Activist and a Team of Humanitarians Honoured with This Year's Nansen Refugee Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Efi Latsoudi, human rights activist behind PIKPA camp, and Hellenic Rescue Team leader Konstantinos Mitragas, in front of a vast pile of lifejackets in northern Lesvos, a haunting reminder of the dangers faced by refugees who arrived on Greek shores in 2015. Image: UNHCR:Gordon Welters

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The Lake Eden Eye

 

 

 

 

The Window of the Heavens Always Open and Calling: All We Have to Do Is: To Choose to Be Open, Listen and Respond

 

 

 

Imagine a Rose-Boat

Imagine a rose floating like a tiny little boat on this ocean of infinity
And raise your soul-sail on this wee-little boat and go seeking out
All along feed on nothing but the light that you gather only light
Fear shall never fathom you nor greed can tempt nor illusion divert
For Love you are by name by deeds you are love's working-map

 

 

Only in the transparent pool of knowledge, chiselled out by the sharp incision of wisdom, is seen the true face of what truth is: That what  beauty paints, that what music sings, that what love makes into a magic. And it is life: a momentary magnificence, a-bloom like a bubble's miniscule exposition, against the spread of this awe-inspiring composition of the the Universe. Only through the path of seeking, learning, asking and developing, only through the vehicles and vesicles of knowledge, only through listening to the endless springs flowing beneath, outside, around and beyond our reach, of wisdom, we find the infinite ocean of love which is boundless, eternal, and being infinite, it makes us, shapes us and frees us onto the miracle of infinite liberty: without border, limitation or end. There is nothing better, larger or deeper that humanity can ever be than to simply be and do love. The Humanion

 

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The Humanion Online Daily from the United Kingdom for the World: To Inspire Souls to Seek

At Home in the Universe : One Without Frontier. Editor: Munayem Mayenin

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First Published: September 24: 2015