first_imgCopyAbout this officeBeck + Oser ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSustainabilityHofstetten-FlühOn FacebookSwitzerlandPublished on November 06, 2019Cite: “Houses Alte Hofstetterstrasse / Beck + Oser Architekten” 06 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?瑞士晶块小屋 / Beck + Oser Architekten是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects 2017 Switzerland Architects: Beck + Oser Architekten Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Manufacturers: VELUX Commercial, Admonter, Duravit, Regent, Stöcklin Möbel AG, Suter Inox AGSave this picture!© Börje MüllerRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWoodEGGERLaminatesDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineText description provided by the architects. The two houses, which are combined in one building, continue the existing development along the slope edge and the street. They close the last existing gap in this line. The valley and mountain views remain unobstructed.Save this picture!© Börje MüllerThe parking spaces are arranged along the Alte Hofstetterstrasse. A short staircase leads to the entrances of the houses, where the bicycle parking spaces are located in a covered room under the parking. On the spaciously glazed ground floor with living, dining, kitchen and outside seating you can enjoy the view over Flüh to the monastery of Mariastein and the ruins of Landskron. On the floor above there are two rooms and the bathroom under the spectacular, multiple buckled roof shape. The sculptural stairwell, in which the two stairs wind around built-in furniture, leads to the basement floor with further rooms, shower and cellar rooms.Save this picture!© Börje MüllerBy placing the building at the top of the plot and parallel to the height course, the slope can be optimally used for the exposure of the three floors. The bent facades and roof surfaces allow optimal integration into the existing situation and reinforce the clear orientation towards view and sun. This theme finds its logical spatial continuation in the outside seats arranged on the side of the building. Inside, exciting and dynamic spaces and sequences of rooms are created, which invite you to experience, linger and enjoy.Save this picture!© Börje MüllerSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!SectionThe uniform materialization on the outside with concrete for walls and roof as well as the windows made of larch wood, which are practically flush with the facade, complete the volumetric crystal-like expression of the building. Inside, the reduced choice of materials with concrete ceilings, white plaster walls and saw-raw wooden floors enhances the perception of the various slants on walls and roofs.Save this picture!© Börje MüllerThe sustainability in terms of resource use is given by the compact building shape, the well thought-out arrangement of the rooms, the use of unfinished materials and the technical equipment with heat pump and ventilation including heat recovery.Save this picture!© Börje MüllerProject gallerySee allShow lessZartmann House / Anders Berensson ArchitectsSelected ProjectsOpen Сall for Lety u Písku Holocaust Memorial Competition EntriesBuilt Projects & Masterplans Share Houses Area:  272 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardcenter_img Houses Alte Hofstetterstrasse / Beck + Oser Architekten CopyHouses, Sustainability•Hofstetten-Flüh, Switzerland Houses Alte Hofstetterstrasse / Beck + Oser ArchitektenSave this projectSaveHouses Alte Hofstetterstrasse / Beck + Oser Architekten “COPY” Photographs:  Börje Müller Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ArchDaily Save this picture!© Börje Müller+ 17Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Global eye care campaign offers $250k seed funding for best ideas Tagged with: Funding Main image: hazel eye close-up by Evantravels on AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Global campaign ‘Clearly’ is designed to find and develop “revolutionary approaches to eye care for the people who need it most”. It is offering $250,000 in seed funding and mentoring to help develop the best ideas.The campaign is the work of James Chen, a Hong Kong-based philanthropist and investor who is on a mission to address the problem of poor vision “that the world appears to have forgotten about”. He says that there are 2.5 billion people around the world suffering from poor vision and with no means of improving it.The Clearly campaign brings together innovators, scientists, technology firms and big business, with investors, governments and NGOs to solve this problem “and help the world to see”.Three-part campaignThe year-long campaign has three strands:An ideas competition for entrepreneurs, which asks technologists, supply chain experts, data scientists and forward thinkers tocome up with innovative solutions. The prize offers $250,000 of seed funding and mentoring to get the best ideas off the ground.A series of ‘Clearly Labs’ challenges for individuals to help find the answers. Innovators will come together for one day events in India, China, Silicon Valley and elsewhere, meeting with health leaders and optometrists, applying their expertise and ideas to help find new thinking, new ideas and new solutions.A global event with a small group of the world’s best and most creative brainpower in one place to develop the big ideaThe campaign has attracted support from Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health, Rwanda; Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO of eyewear brand Warby Parker, and former director of charity, VisionSpring; Brian Doolan, CEO of The Fred Hollows Foundation; and Sir David Tang, entrepreneur and founder of Shanghai Tang; and others.James ChenCampaign founder James Chen said: Advertisementcenter_img  64 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4  63 total views,  3 views today “Good vision empowers and transforms lives on every level. In the digital era, the world has the ideas and the technology to crack this challenge and transform access to sight around the world. Through Clearly, I hope to inspire creative minds and unlock innovative solutions to solve this global problem, accelerating a revolution in eye care and helping the world to see.”Chen is the founder of Adlens, a global enterprise leading the development and sale of adjustable focus eyewear, and the founder of Vision for a Nation Foundation, a UK charity that supports emerging nations to provide nationwide primary eye care and affordable glasses to all their citizens. Howard Lake | 6 April 2016 | Newslast_img read more

first_img Reporters Without Borders deplores the risible fine of 15,000 vatu (120 euros) that a court in Port Vila, the capital of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, imposed on infrastructure and public utilities minister Harry Iauko on 8 July for a physical attack on Daily Post publisher Marc Neil-Jones in March.“It is unacceptable that a government minister should get off with such a small fine for assaulting a journalist who criticized him,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The fine is not commensurate with the gravity of the crime and sends the wrong signal to all of Vanuatu’s journalists. We call on the courts to review this sentence in order to protect the media. Failure to do so would encourage journalists to censor themselves.”Neil-Jones was attacked in his office on 4 March by a total of eight men including Iauko. According to Neil-Jones, the minister accused him of writing “bad things” about him, alluding to articles criticising the minister’s handling of various issues and alleged embezzlement by Airports Vanuatu Ltd, an aviation company that works closely with the government.The seven other men involved in the attack were given fines of up to 1,000 dollars. ————Helped by thugs, cabinet minister beats up newspaper publisher07-03-2011Reporters Without Borders condemns a brutal attack on Daily Post publisher Marc Neil-Jones in Port Vila, the capital of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, on 4 March. Neil-Jones accuses infrastructure and public utilities minister Harry Iauko of organizing and participating in the assault, which was took place in the journalist’s office.“Threats and acts of violence against a journalist who is just doing his job are unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We warn Prime Minister Sato Kilman that his credibility will be questioned if this goes unpunished. We urge the police to carry out an exhaustive investigation without delay and we urge the prime minister to do everything possible to ensure its success. Otherwise he will be regarded as an accomplice to violence by a member of his government.”Neil-Jones said he was attacked and beaten in his office by a total of eight men including Iauko, who accused him of writing “bad things” about him. His newspaper has published articles criticising the minister’s handling of various issues. It has also raised questions about Airports Vanuatu Ltd, an aviation company that works closely with the government.After leaving Neil-Jones unconscious on the floor, Iauko went to editor Royson Willie and said to him: “Do you want me to break your face?”Neil-Jones has filed a complaint against the minister. Yesterday he said: “I can’t think of many countries where a minister of state would survive long if he marched into a national newspaper with a gang of thugs employed within the ministry and assaulted the publisher of a national daily paper because he didn’t like the valid criticism he was getting from all quarters, including the newspaper, members of the public through letters to the editor and Transparency International.”The publisher was previously attacked on 17 January 2009 by four police officers employed by the prison department. They were arrested but the investigation never established who was behind the attack. News News to go further June 10, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 7, 2021 Find out more Asia – Pacific center_img Receive email alerts News Organisation Asia – Pacific Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom RSF_en Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more July 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Risible fine for minister who assaulted newspaper publisherlast_img read more

first_imgNews RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ————————————————————-21.10.05Online encyclopedia Wikipedia censoredReporters Without Borders today called on the Chinese authorities to stop blocking accessing to the website of the independent online encyclopedia Wikipedia, whose popularity has been growing steadily in China. The site has been unavailable in several provinces including Shanghai since 18 October.This latest online censorship paradoxically comes at a moment when China is openly raising the issue of democracy by publishing its first white paper entitled “The construction of political democracy in China” on 19 October. The subjects tackled in the paper include human rights and grass-roots democracy in urban and rural areas, yet blocking the site of a free encyclopedia to which anyone can contribute is a clear violation of the right of Chinese citizens to information and it comes amid a series of new regulations adopted in recent months aimed at tightening controls on online free expression even more.The authorities are censoring Wikipedia in the same way that they censor thousands of websites with information that strays from the official Chinese propaganda on certain issues as Tibet and human rights in China.Internet users trying to visit the Wikipedia site since 18 October get an error message referring to temporary connection problems for unknown reasons. Wikipedia was previously blocked by the Chinese authorities in June and September 2004 because of dissident political content.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further News ChinaAsia – Pacific News November 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wikipedia blocked again Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Numbers of Chinese Internet-users are reporting that they can no longer connect to either the Chinese or English versions of the collaborative encyclopaedia Wikipedia. The English version was reopened on 10 October and the Chinese version was made available again only three days ago. It is not yet possible to tell whether Wikipedia is unavailable because of a change of heart by the authorities or because of technical problems.——————————————-15.11.06Praise for company’s firm stand after Wikipedia made fully available again in ChinaThe Chinese version of Wikipedia, which had been censored since October 2005, was unblocked by the authorities around 13 November 2006. This decision follows the reopening a month earlier of the English version of the collaborative online encyclopaedia. Reporters Without Borders again congratulates the managers of Wikipedia, who have always refused to go in for self-censorship and called on other Internet giants present in China to follow their example.“While Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft harp on about how it is impossible to negotiate with the authorities and that if they refused to censor their search engines, they would be expelled from the country, the Wikipedia example proves the contrary,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The Chinese government is pragmatic and does not want to do without foreign businesses in the Internet sector. There is therefore obviously room for negotiation for the US companies. It is not essential to bow down before Beijing and trample on freedom of expression to do business in this country,” it added.According to tests carried out by Andrew Lih, a Wikipedia specialist, and confirmed by Reporters Without Borders, the encyclopaedia has been unblocked by China’s main access providers. The researcher said the reopening had prompted Internet-users to post a mass of new content. He said the Chinese version of the encyclopaedia is the fastest growing after the English version.——————————————————12.10.06Government unblocks access to Wikipedia’s English-language versionThe blocking of access to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia put in place by the Chinese authorities in October 2005 was partially lifted on 10 October, Reporters Without Borders said today. The English-language version is now entirely accessible including sensitive content normally censored in China, but the Chinese-language version is still blocked.The press freedom organisation took the opportunity to hail the courage of the people in charge of Wikipedia who – unlike Google, Yahoo ! and MSN – have always refused to yield to the Chinese government’s censorship requests.“We are now waiting for the unblocking of Wikipedia’s Chinese version, which is obviously the one that people most want to consult in China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Unblocking just the English-language content is a hypocritical move. The government hopes thereby to appease its critics abroad while continuing to censor the information available to its own population.”The organisation added: “We congratulate those in charge of Wikipedia, especially Jimmy Wales, who could have chosen to censor their own site to get official blessing. Instead they stuck to their principles and spurned self-censorship. Their determination has paid off inasmuch as Beijing has partially reversed its decision. It is an example that other Internet giants could follow.”Tests conducted by Reporters Without Borders showed that Wikipedia’s English-language version was entirely unblocked, including its articles on sensitive subjects such as the Tiananmen Square events of 1989, but the Chinese-language version ( is inaccessible for most people inside China. Nonetheless, the filtering does not appear to be totally effective as people in some parts of the country such as Shanghai are managing to connect. The fact that the “Great Firewall of China” is currently being upgraded may explain the lack of homogeneity seen in the system in the past few days.Wikipedia’s content is written, rewritten and edited by its own online users. It is currently the world’s 17th most visited website. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimeslast_img read more

first_img By News Highland – June 11, 2020 Previous articleNational Championships looking likely for Donegal Juvenile AthletesNext articleLetterkenny Tidy Towns launch new website News Highland WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest ‘The Tinnies’ scrub up well! Strabane’s iconic ‘Tinnies’ statues have been scrubbed up by O’Neills in recognition of the heroic work carried out by frontline healthcare staff during the coronavirus pandemic.The Co. Tyrone based sportswear manufacturer, who have recently been making PPE for health services across Ireland, dressed ‘The Tinnies’ in scrubs and a gown to thank health and social care workers battling against COVID-19.Kieran Kennedy, Managing Director of O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Ltd, said the large gesture was timely following last week’s welcomed news that all patients with COVID-19 had been discharged from intensive care at Altnagelvin Hospital.He said: “The Western Trust announced on Thursday that there are currently no patients with COVID-19 in ICU at Altnagelvin Hospital. This news came as a huge sigh of relief for many people in the North West as we move to the ‘new normal’ whilst adhering to the public health guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of this devastating virus.”A banner was also erected on ‘The Tinnies’ site between Strabane and Lifford, Co. Donegal, saying ‘Thank You To All Our Frontline Workers’. Twitter WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

first_img Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like The magic of disappearing bunnies Years ago I wrote for a little weekly newspaper known as The Troy Progress. Recently, this “Chatter Box” suddenly came… read more Published 11:34 pm Friday, April 25, 2014 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsoncenter_img Latest Stories Mama had a funny way of saying things.Some of them I understood. Some I didn’t.When she would get real hot, she’d say “I’m as hot as a fox’s behind.”The other day, the sun finally “showed its shapes,” as Mama would say. Not being used to hot weather, I used the old adage, “as hot as a fox’s behind,” only to be corrected by a friend.“It’s not ‘hot as a fox’s behind’ it’s ‘red’ as a fox’s behind.’”I didn’t argue with her but I had personal knowledge of just how hot a fox’s behind is.When I was a little girl, we would visit my aunt in Eufaula. She and Uncle Willie were rich, at least by any comparison that I could make.Aunt Eleanor had a big closet in her bedroom with a drop-cord light and a full-length mirror on the inside door.  On a special coat hanger that was wrapped in bright, shiny silk was a fox fur stole.I didn’t know who stole it and I didn’t ask. I kind of thought it was Aunt Eleanor.Uncle Willie played poker and would hide his winnings between the cotton mattresses in the front bedroom. Aunt Eleanor would sneak in there after Uncle Willie went to sleep and get a few dollars. She would give me a dollar to spend. Hush money she called it.When Uncle Willie woke up, he would count his money and say, real puzzled like, “Somebody stole some of my money.” He would blame it on his poker buddies, as Aunt Eleanor called those bald-headed, cigar-smoking old men.Aunt Eleanor didn’t say anything and I hushed up, too.  Aunt Eleanor stole Uncle Willie’s winnings so it stood to reason that she stole that fox fur hanging in her closet.I wanted to get my hands on that fox fur stole so bad and wrap that fox around my neck from its head to its tail. But the closet and the fox fur stole were way off limits to me.But one day, Mama, Aunt Eleanor and Mugi, my grandmother, went to town shopping and left me with Uncle Willie who was fast asleep under the newspaper.I slipped in that closet, pulled on the light and put on that fox fur stole.And, I put on one of Aunt Eleanor’s shiny skirts. I put on clip-on earbobs, beads, sparkling bracelets and her red, high heel shoes. I stayed in the closet looking in the mirror and playing rich lady until that hot fox fur had me sweating like a hog.Right then and there, I understood fully how hot a fox’s behind must be with that bushy, furry tail hanging down over it.If this summer is as hot as this winter was cold, there will be a lot days that will be as hot as a fox’s behind. I’m not looking forward to that. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Print Article Will summer be ‘hot as a fox’s behind’? Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more

first_img Tags: Big Sky/Dalton Sneed/Football/SUU Thunderbirds Written by Associated Press November 3, 2018 /Sports News – Local Sneed throws 5 TDs, Montana beats Southern Utah 57-14 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Dalton Sneed passed for 323 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions on Saturday, and Montana beat Southern Utah 57-14.The Grizzlies (5-4, 3-3 Big Sky Conference) led 30-14 at halftime and outscored the Thunderbirds 27-0 in the second half.Montana had no turnovers and outgained Southern Utah 635-241 in total offense. Sneed had three of his five TD passes in the third quarter, two to Samuel Akem, who had his third straight game with at least two TDs.Jeremy Calhoun ran 16 times for 99 yards and a touchdown for Montana. Sneed added 52 yards on eight carries.Keenan Curran had six catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns, Akem had five catches for 89 yards and Jerry Louie-McGee had five catches for 87 yards and a score.Tyler Skidmore passed for 138 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for the Thunderbirds (1-8, 1-5).last_img read more

first_imgAtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Providers and staff throughout AtlantiCare have focused on making special connections with patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.They include Samantha O’Brien, RN, BSN, team leader, Progressive Care Unit, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, and her colleagues.The unit was temporarily changed to be a respiratory care unit during the pandemic. It has cared for many patients who had COVID-19, including Joey Ortiz.“We have glass windows that allow us to see into rooms from the nursing station,” said O’Brien. “I could tell Joey seemed particularly lonely one day,” she added, because she’d recently recovered from COVID-19, she understood how isolated Joey might have felt.“Since he was a person with Down syndrome, I knew it was hard for him to understand the visitor policy changes that we and other hospitals had temporarily implemented,” O’Brien noted. “I decided to draw some fun pictures on his window. He immediately brightened up.”Watch Joey’s story here:Joey’s family said they are grateful for how the team treated Joey and kept them connected with him and his caregivers, including through FaceTime.“By the tone of his voice, I could tell he felt at home,” said his sister, Norma Ortiz. “He was getting the attention that he wanted, and he wasn’t scared. There was no fear in his voice. I knew that he was comfortable and taken care of.”Beth Tieri, RN, clinical manager of the PCU said, “Sam having just come out of being quarantined for COVID-19 herself, she was able to make a special connection with Joey. It was really heartwarming.”O’Brien has worked at ARMC for nine years, first as a medical assistant, then as a patient care technician, before becoming a nurse.“We’re used to caring for patients as if they are members of our own families,” she said. “It’s been our privilege to take this care to a whole new level.”For more information about AtlantiCare, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000; visit; or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s great to see you all today and to see such engagement with this the Civil Society Strategy.This is a good venue for it. Methodism was one of the great social movements of modern times. It was democratic, egalitarian, radical – a new model of organisation which empowered ordinary people to challenge established power, and to find meaning and purpose, and to serve their communities.One of the reasons we are here today is because I believe we’re in need that radical community spirit once again. I want to argue today that we face a concatenation of change, which is forcing us to think hard about the country we are becoming – and the country we want to become.And you all have a role in that.Times of great change bring great opportunities, but they also challenge our social fabric. They risk us pulling apart as a society.And these changes are begetting a great yearning in our country, I think, a yearning for belonging, and or place, and for connection.The same goes for two more topical and immediate changes which I wrestle with every day – the twin phenomenon of Brexit and tech.And my view is that we have an imperative to seize the upside of these developments – an upside which is undoubtedly there – to become a more connected, not a less connected society.And when I talk about these connections – I mean not the connections over the ether, however important, I mean these connections human is through civil society.Not through our trade policy, our economic policy, our industrial strategy. Vital as they all are, I want to subversively suggest that the real action isn’t there – it’s here.The real work of connecting our society, of creating the country we want to be, rests with you, with civil society in all its forms.The futureLet me start with a starker assessment of the challenge of Brexit plus tech. We see how Brexit is dividing us politically – but we know the vote to leave the EU was itself the outcome of a divided society.Despite its enormous benefits, too many people feel globalisation is leaving their communities behind, and that they can’t do anything about it.We need to make sure that the independent UK that we are creating responds to that feeling. Deliberate action is required to help people take back control, not just of our national borders or our global trade, but of their own communities. This is a central theme of our strategy.The downside of technology is, of course, obvious to all of us every day – especially those of us with children old enough to swipe a finger across a screen. But I am also a massive believer in the power of technology to transform our society for the better.Crucially, though, tech will not bring progress simply by creating a more efficient system, some kind of utilitarian algorithm to calculate the greatest happiness of the greatest number. Tech will bring progress by enabling what it can never create: the radical reforming human spirit that created the Methodist movement, sparked social reform across the UK, and built this hall to the glory of God.The future is taking form all around us. New movements are emerging to build stronger communities and challenge social injustices.Take community sponsorship – a remarkable model of social generosity where groups of people come together to host a refugee family in their community. They are organised through faith groups and among friends and neighbours, but also they are using the convening power of Facebook or Whatsapp.Or look at crowdfunding, the paradigm of tech-enabled, disintermediated association which is transforming the opportunities for charities and social enterprises. Or the myriad of ‘tech for good’ platforms that are hacking deep-rooted challenges for individuals and communities. I’m particularly impressed by the brilliant work of Zinc, a VC firm targeting the developed world’s toughest social issues using new technology.This is the future. The new technology, which is so discombobulating to old structures, is powering a new generation of little platoons. I want the UK to lead the world in the development of this new social model, just as we led the world in the development of capitalism in the 19th century and of state welfare in the 20th century.And DCMS is working to bring together digital and civil society – both to improve the systems which manage local life, but also to empower local people to direct and own those systems. One move has been to open all government grant-making to the maximum standard of transparency: a first step towards genuine local accountability for public spending.But there is much, much more to do.IndependenceOf course, I recognise that the greatest resource that civil society has is its oldest, and in many ways its defining characteristic: independence. The essence of civil society – one reason it has such strong roots in this country – is freedom.I want to preserve and extend the independence of the sector in two ways.First I want to see it develop a more sustainable operating model. The strategy which Tracey is leading is focused on supporting charities and community groups to become better capitalised and more resilient.We are working closely with many of you on this. I particularly want to acknowledge the work of Julia Unwin who is developing the voluntary sector’s own response to the challenges of our time.Second, I want to see civil society recover its confidence to speak into our public life. The greatest social and political changes in our history have come about because independent people formed associations to press for change. If that means respectful criticism of government, so be it.And I say that very deliberately. It’s true that like most ministers I don’t want charities spending their time – or even taxpayers’ money – pursuing a narrow ideological or political crusade against the Government. That would be wrong. It’s natural for me to say that. But I don’t think you should stick to your knitting either – if indeed any of you know how to knit..The business of civil society is society, and within the limits of charity law, you have the right to campaign, to persuade the public, and to press for change in the systems which affect the life of this country.But I also think – there is a flip side. If civil society is entitled to its views, so too is government. You need freedom – and you also need clarity on what government wants to do, and how we intend to work with you.And that is what the Civil Society Strategy will set out.Social foundationsAs this suggests, the independence comes with responsibility. I believe in the role of government – and I have seen for myself how it turns lives around – but its job is to lead and to enable, not to supplant the natural functions of society.This is an argument, which comes easily to Conservatives when we talk about the economy. But surely the same goes for civil society too. Our role in government is to boost growth, enterprise and responsibility.There is a parallel here, for instance with the work Michael Gove is doing at DEFRA: boldly framing regulation, to be sure, but most of all exhorting society itself – producers and consumers, the stewards and users of our countryside and oceans – to act morally, sustainably, sensibly.Our social environment needs the same approach. For in fact the foundations of a strong economy are a strong society. As Adam Smith knew, the wealth of a nation is founded on its moral sentiments – the way people behave towards each other.So while the Industrial Strategy focused on productivity and economic growth, the Civil Society Strategy focuses on community and social growth.These are the things whose value can’t be measured in GDP – the arts and culture and the sport, the social clubs and faith groups. The individuals and groups – often in areas of significant disadvantage – who hold their communities together, doing everything from visiting the elderly to running the youth club.These are the things that strengthen our social fabric. And they can’t be measured in simple GDP but they are the things that make life living. They also make our economy succeed.I’m delighted the latest Treasury Green Book, which is the bible of government’s assessment of value for money – now acknowledges the contribution of social factors like these.We need a strong independent civil society because without it, we’ll have no economic growth. It is the enabler of enterprise; the strong base from which the bold ventures of innovation can set sail.And I also want to lift our eyes to the horizon beyond our shores because I believe in Global Britain – but to make it happen we need Local Britain to be strong, and that means we need a strong infrastructure of independent social institutions to hold us up. Our national life needs deep institutional roots.Now, let’s be very honest about this. This includes the institutions of private wealth – the banks and pension funds where people keep their money. There are growing calls for people to have more power to direct their investments to support good causes; and I welcome this.Indeed I would suggest that unless we can find a way to make capital responsible, and put power in the hands of ordinary people, the crisis of trust in our economy will deepen. I believe strongly in business as a force for good. But we need business to adapt to a new, more empowered, more values-driven age. This is how we will save capitalism from itself.Public fundingOf course government – central and local – government is itself a major funder of civil society.But I don’t think we spend nearly enough on the small or local organisations – whether for or not-for profit – which are often the best people to deliver a local service.Something is seriously amiss when in some markets 60 per cent of public procurement goes to just five huge companies. I want to see a far more plural supply of public services – with a lot more mutuals and other value-adding innovations. In this context we are investing in a great expansion of social impact bonds, and also exploring how to ensure the Social Value Act to deliver on its revolutionary promise, which has not nearly been met yet.I also want to see more effective co-ordination of different public funding streams, and especially the streams, which flow directly into local places. Conversations are underway across Whitehall – both with Treasury and with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government – to bring greater focus on this. I’m pleased that Big Society Capital is looking at how local approaches to finance, mixing public and private money, can be used to support some of our deprived communities.And while I believe in commissioning and payment by results, I don’t think they are the answer to everything. Tracey and her team are looking closely at whether we can deliver a new era of public sector grants – Grants 2.0, let us call them – without sacrificing the efficiency and focus on outcomes that contracts are designed to achieve.YouthThere are two final issues which are high on the agenda of DCMS, and which are fundamental to the work we’re discussing today.The first is young people.This runs through everything we’re doing in the Civil Society Strategy. I want to give young people a meaningful stake in society and a meaningful role – a job to do.I don’t see young people as somehow the victims, but as contributors to the future of Britain. We need their ideas, the creativity and their commitment to help build the society we want. So we have backed an alliance of youth organisations to deliver the #iwill campaign to encourage social action by young people.There is an amazing enthusiasm and we need to use it.And of course it’s why we’re proud to support the National Citizen Service, which this year reached its 400,000th participant. We are working with the NCS Trust to secure their future and embed the programme in the wider youth sector, supporting local youth services and giving more young people the opportunity to make a contribution to society.LonelinessThe final issue – and perhaps the one I feel most keenly we need to deliver in this area – is loneliness. I don’t know whether any of you were involved in the Prime Minister recent appoint of Tracey to lead on this. The fact her appointment was so spectacularly well-received reflects on the enormous respect that people have for Tracey – and frankly how brilliant she is – but just how strongly people feel about this agenda.Civil society – Tracey’s ministerial responsibility – is a big part of the answer to the challenge of loneliness.It is, indeed, the answer to so many of our social problems. We are a disconnected society, divided by age and geography and class and ethnicity and religion. Civil society, supported by digital technology and by government action, but most of all by the compassion and commitment of people across the land, is the way we will heal these divides.ConclusionLet me finish with a word about my own motivation, and the job I want to do at DCMS.In the Soviet Union life was organised around economic production. In support of this, the Kremlin created a department called the Everyday Life Administration. It managed the people’s leisure in the dormitory towns that surrounded the great factories.I want to say this. DCMS is not the Everyday Life Administration.Economic production is not the purpose of life. Instead we are the Department that makes life worth living, places we live and raise our families in are not an adjunct to the real business of the community, a liability on our national balance sheet. They are the assets that deliver our nation’s success.Enriching the places we live in is central to the work of my department. I am in politics because I care about making the country a better place. I find that profoundly fulfilling. And I want to do my bit to build a country where others can find fulfilment too.Now I will admit that charity policy wasn’t my first calling in politics.But I believe very strongly that this agenda and that the role of civil society in the 21st century is at least as important as anything else I do, including the vast responsibilities of retaining the digital world.I hope you will continue to work with me and my brilliant team to develop the great opportunities of the future – to make our great, diverse, rumbustious country, a place where everyone belongs.Thank you very much.last_img read more

first_imgEdit this setlist | More Dead & Company setlistsWant to win tickets to see Dead & Company next Sunday, June 26th at Citi Field? Enter below!Photos via Dave DeCrescente; check out a full gallery of images below! Throughout their first four shows, Dead & Company had yet to play a single song multiple times. The trend for tour debut songs continued on Monday night in Camden, NJ, when the Company brought out 13 tour debuts, and last night’s performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY followed suit with six more!The show opened with a rocking version of “Feel Like A Stranger,” before bringing out the first “Here Comes Sunshine” of 2016. The show featured six 2016 debuts in total, including “Here Comes Sunshine,” “Loser,” “Little Red Rooster,” “Iko Iko,” “Good Lovin’,” and a double encore that included “Brokedown Palace” and “Johnny B. Goode.”Some standout moments from the show include an emotional “Brown Eyed Women” with John Mayer on lead vocals, as well as rocking versions of both “Cassidy” and “Deal.” The latter featured some tremendous guitarwork from Mayer, as well as some rhythmic mastery from Oteil Burbridge, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. The second set was also jam packed with highlights, including a crazy “Estimated Prophet > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider” that dropped into a psychedelic “Drums/Space.” “Uncle John’s Band” brought the set back to reality, and the group closed out with “Days Between” and “Good Lovin’.” “Brokedown Palace” sent fans home with an emotional farewell, before the band came back for a second encore, and closed things out with a rocking “Johnny B. Goode.” Righteous!Check out audio, video, and setlist from the show below.Full audio – taped by Bill GoldbergFeel Like A Stranger – taped by Sean RocheBrown Eyed Women – taped by Sean RocheCassidy > Deal – taped by Sean Roche Load remaining imageslast_img read more