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#5Things - Social mobility, Cholera, Eco Church and mor ed26-17

A focus on fairness, social mobility, the massive changes in local government and on helping churches to understand what drives the networked world

This week a devastating cholera epidemic in Yemen, the potential for failure and collaboration in local government, Eco Church from A Rocha celebrates 600 members, A lesson in AI, and the dreadful social mobility problems in the UK.

Disasterous cholera epidemic in Yemen

Disasterous cholera epidemic in Yemen

The famine in Yemen is being compounded by a cholera outbreak that began in October 2016 and now affects almost everywhere that has state access.

Tearfund partners and other agencies are working to prevent the spread of the outbreak by distributing cholera prevention kits and by promoting hygiene messages. The Tearfund statement can be found here

A UN Security Council statement read: “The Security Council … notes with deepest concern the additional humanitarian challenge presented by the alarming cholera outbreak…  Council emphasizes that the spread of cholera and the threat of famine reflect the gravity of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis” SecCon797 SC/12873

From 27/04 - 12/06/17, 124,002 cholera cases were reported in 20 of the 23 of Yemen’s Governates. The total cholera attack rate is 41.8 persons per 10,000 population. Reliefweb Response SitRep 3

Support Tearfund's work through partners in Yemen

Changemaking to prevent failure in Local Government

Changemaking to prevent failure in Local Government

A report from the New Local Government Network claims that central funding cuts, further delay to social care reform, and the present weaker government have ‘of necessity, turned councils into the most open-minded and innovative part of the public sector.’ NLGN raise the spectre that without councils adopting a bold ‘changemaking’ approach focused on the core values of creativity, collaboration and self-determination. failure and collapse are real options.

Perhaps this is a time for churches, especially those rooted in places, to think again about how we should collaborate with our parish councils and higher local government structures to make our places better communities to live in.

NLGN Think Piece A Changemaking Vision for Local Government

We don’t specifically endorse the positions of the New Local Government Network - but the report is a coherent stimulus for thought

Eco Church reaches 600 congregations

Eco Church from Arocha UK grows to 600 congregations

Eco Church, an environmental certification scheme from Arocha UK celebrated 600 congregations coming on board. Eco Church was launched at St Paul’s Cathedral in January 2016.

Nigel Hopper, the Eco Church Manager for Arocha said “Together we can make a real difference for nature through local churches caring for God’s earth,”

All Saints in North Baddesley uses Eco Church to audit our environmental activity, and earlier this year we wrote about achieving the bronze level of certification. Look out for more changes to church practice and information coming soon.

Register your congregation with Eco Church

Understanding AI and implications for the church

Sorting lego with ai: a teaching point for churches about AI

Understanding how artificial intelligence, algorithms and mechanisation matters for us as churches because of its present and future radical impact on community. Understanding a small application built in a garage to automate the cottage industry of sorting and reselling lego can help comprehend what much bigger systems do.

Faced with a purchase of two tonnes of assorted lego Jacques Mattheij decided that the only thing to do was to build a small mechanised system that lifted the parts from a hopper, passed them through a camera’s vision, classified them using an artificial intelligence and then pushed them into a sorting bin.

It’s a genuinely interesting read and entirely comprehensible by non scientists that offers insight into how the world is changing.

Read all about sorting lego...

Britain's social mobility problem

Britain has a social mobility problem. It’s big, it’s bad and it’s getting worse. These are the interpolated top lines from the 2016 report from the Social Mobility Commission. Although report doesn’t mention the faith sector it should be read in every church because ‘the country has reached an inflection point. The rungs on the social mobility ladder are growing further apart…’ This prophetic element to the report points churches toward the situations and problems facing the poorest and most disadvantaged in our society.

Barely one in ten lowest-paid workers at the start of the last decade had escaped low pay by the end. Less than half the adults in Wales, Yorkshire & the Humber, the North East, and the West Midlands have less than £100 in savings. From early years provision to further education and university, the education sector is failing the least advantaged families.


The state of the nation report 2016.

This report from the Social Mobility Commission was presented to Parliament pursuant to section 8B(6) of the Life Chances Act 2010
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