Monday, 8 December 2014

Ten Photos That Changed The World.....

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10 photos that changed the world.


Martin Luther King, giving his iconic ‘I have a dream speech’…

August 28th 1963, MLK delivered his speech “I have a dream” to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the famous steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington (for Jobs and Freedom) becoming a defining moment of the American Civil Rights movement.


To Obama, being elected the first African-American President in 2008.

‘The dream came true’ is what many echoed, when Barack Obama became the first African-American President to be elected into power on November 4th 2008.


Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Silence fell at the assassination of John F. Kennedy on 22nd November 1963, in Dallas Texas. At only 46, JFK died younger than any other US President to date.


Malala Yousafzai: “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”

After being shot in the head by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai, stood confident in front of the United Nations Youth Takeover and delivered a heart-wrenching speech.  


Steve Jobs introducing the first iPod, changed the way we viewed technology

October 23rd 2001, the world was set to change the way it identified with and heard music. Apple’s great Steve Jobs, had designed the first iPod known as the ‘the iPod Classic’


9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers

Horror and disbelief sweep across the world on 9/11 2001, when the World Trade Center (Twin Towers) was targeted by hijacked planes, one of the four co-ordinated terror attacks on the United States of America.


Death of our beloved Freedom Fighter: Nelson Mandela

Known to many as a Philanthropist, Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary, Politician, Freedom Fighter and Madiba. The world lost a great and humbled man in the form of Nelson Mandela, who showed us that love, compassion and forgiveness, were the most useful tools any one individual could obtain during life. May his soul rest in heavenly peace.


July 2005 London Bombings

On the morning 7th July 2005, four bombs, three hitting the London Underground and one on a double decker bus, were detonated in the Centre of London.


Rescuing the Chilean Miners, after being trapped for 69 days.

After being trapped since 5th August 2010 after the mine collapsed, Los 33, known as ‘The 33’ Chilean miners suffered severely for 69 days until being uniquely rescued by an individual capsule, that each time it appeared down to rescue around miner. It represented hope.

And on 13th October 2010, all ‘Los 33’ (The 33) were rescued.


                “Did someone say Selfie?”

Ellen DeGeneres and co-stars broke Obama’s record at the Oscars by having the most retweeted photograph on a Sunday night, whilst changing the Selfie game forever.

By Nikkita Robert

Makerble works with ?What If!, a strategic innovation consultancy, to develop a revolutionary new workplace giving service

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Back in September we were offered an amazing opportunity: to work with ?What If! and one of their clients on a brief to determine the optimum service for Makerble in the workplace.

Working with the guys at ?What If!, who are experts in the process of gathering insight to identify where the biggest opportunities for innovation lie, was a fantastic and empowering experience for us at Makerble. Over the course of a week we spoke to staff at over a hundred companies, plus 16 experts, to discover exactly how people feel about giving to charity at work: what works and what’s preventing them from engaging. This in turn allowed us to identify opportunities for innovation, and come up with new ideas to respond to employee and company need.

As a result of this work, coupled with insights gathered through our in-house desk research via leading industry bodies like CAF, we’ve been able to develop a new service for workplaces that is innovative, modern and enhances the experience of giving to charity. Key features of this service include:

- Sharable records of the impact that donations achieve, for both employees and companies alike

- Providing projects that are relevant to a company’s mission and values / employee interests

- Opportunities to get closer to the people behind the projects, and potentially get involved yourself

- Initiatives to stimulate a company-wide movement for social good

We’re really passionate about this area at Makerble - not least because only 3% of employees in the UK give regularly through the payroll, despite almost a third saying that they’d be likely to. We wanted to make it our mission to find out what’s causing this gap between interest and action, and to launch a service that really responds to the desires of donors in the workplace. There’s a huge opportunity here, both to improve the experience of giving at work for donors, and to generate much-needed incremental revenue for the charities we work with.

Ed Mehmed, ?What If! project leader stated:

'I am extremely proud of the team, and the level of trust, commitment and the rare 'let's try it' attitude which meant that we had the opportunity to work in such an innovative and mutually beneficial way. The insight project team truly pushed Makerble into unchartered territory.'

If you’re a company or an employee, and would like to find out more about the service that we offer, please contact

Friday, 5 December 2014

The Bulletproof Idea

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A 17 year old girl takes her place behind the podium, looks out into the blackness of the auditorium, and begins speaking to the world. She makes a quip about her height, about how she’s usually partially obscured behind an over-sized podium, and then begins. She speaks with a fiery passion - all the more powerful for how reasoned and mature she seems - as if her youthful energy were being channelled through the crucible of experiences beyond our imagining. We all know the story by now: of the struggle for education, of the threats and the violence, and then, improbable yet undeniable - a teenager’s raw defiance of barbarism.

Malala Yousafzai was not awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for what she has achieved. She was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for what she has come to symbolize. The parallel with another recent Nobel Peace Prize recipient is insightful - another figure whose rhetoric famously brims with hope, and who has come from an unlikely background and defied challenging circumstances to come to global prominence. Barack Obama was an even more controversial nomination, propelled to the prize as much by the significance of his supposed message as by his achievements. Obama and Malala both provide underdog stories that capture the public imagination and seem to embody the potential for radical change in the world. However, as the youngest ever recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize, Malala is even more inspiring because she proves that wealth, age and status are not necessary prerequisites to having a positive impact on the world.

One embodies the message that Yes We Can create positive change in the world. The other is the President of the United States of America.

The common criticism is that neither have achieved much in concrete terms. A Nobel prize is supposedly reserved for those who have dedicated entire lifetimes to great causes, who have struggled and toiled for years outside of the limelight. There is much to be said for this perspective, but Malala is a worthy exception to the rule. Us denizens of the 21st century have infamously short attention spans; we ache for extreme narratives of survival, defiance, and triumph over adversity. Malala’s story resonates as a fable of creation vs. destruction, of progress vs. reaction, of education vs. ignorance. It’s a story that has the power to stick in people’s minds and to therefore leverage change on every level. We shouldn’t underestimate the immeasurable impact that Malala’s story could have on the girl struggling to survive in the Swat District of Pakistan, on the young man fighting to escape deprivation and gang violence in Stonebridge.

There exists a pantheon of legendary figures who are evoked when we want so seek inspiration, when we want definitive proof that one exceptional life can change the world.. The Mandelas, the Martin Luther Kings, the Gandhis. Malala, in her own pintsize way, has already made her contribution to that pot of human inspiration, and the Nobel Peace Prize only empowers her further to do more:

“I felt more powerful and more courageous, because this award is not just a piece of metal… it’s really an encouragement for me to go forward and to believe in myself,” Malala said. “This is not the end of the campaign I have started. This is only the beginning.”

We at Makerble believe that everybody is capable of changing the world their way, of reshaping the future in their own image. Malala Yousafzai embodies this idea, taken to its furthest extreme. We can’t all survive bullets to the head, we can’t all defy horrific violence, we can’t all be Nobel prize winners. However, there is an idea at the heart of the Malala story, the energising and exhilarating idea that anybody is capable of mobilizing their views and making change in the world. We at Makerble want to make that easily accessible, transparent, and fun.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

It's #GivingTuesday so we give you Movers & Makers

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Today is an exciting day for Makerble, not only is it #GivingTuesdayUK but we are proud to be launching our campaign “Movers and Makers”.

This campaign was started to highlight some of the amazing people out there that are working hard for a brighter future for all of us and changing the world their way.

By showing you the people behind the incredible stories, you will get to know them in a way you never thought was possible before via a mini-documentary series.
You get to know their inner dreams and ambitions and what it is that powers them to carry on surpassing their potential with each passing day.

When we first sought out to find our Movers & Makers, our criteria was that they had to be inspiring people, that worked to change the world into a better place, whether it would be via lifestyle issues or areas with a much more clearly designed social focus.

Despite the varied nature of their careers and lives, all of our participants have the same thing in common, they are all makers of change, because they fearlessly seek to improve their circumstances and those around them.

In this first release you will get a glimpse into our first three ambitious participants.
Tunde Okewale, award-winning barrister, founder of Urban Lawyers and a social entrepreneur who even GQ have recently considered to be one of the coolest men on the planet.  

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Maryam Pasha who is super passionate about social change, is the Tedx EastEnd organiser and also the Network and Innovation Manager at the Migrants Rights network.

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Koby Martin is a multi-disciplinary artist who has done work for the likes of Adidas and many of your favourite musicians. Not content with building his own reputation, he also formed the VVX Creative Group to marry his passion with business.

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In subsequent episodes of Movers & Makers amongst others, you will have the chance to get to know Anne-Marie Imafidon, founder of Stemettes, an organisation that works to inspire young women to blaze a career path in the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We have Servane Mouazan, CEO of Ogunté, who works to develop women into tomorrow’s leaders, and Bryan Oknyansky, a creative enigma who is also the founder of Shoes by Bryan, who produce the world's first 3D printed high heeled shoes.

After watching the video below, please do subscribe to the channel to ensure that you never miss an update from Movers & Makers.

To find out more about Makerble’s story and that of the projects live on our giving platform, please visit and see the change people are talking about.


Can YOU change the way your uni changes the world?

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Can YOU change the way your uni changes the world?

Level up your skills with Makerble

With the Student Development programme, you will:

- Learn about innovation and idea generation from a serial entrepreneur.

- Get the lowdown on marketing from an ex-Adman.

- Learn the art of the perfect pitch from the man who overcame competition from 130 other social ventures to win funding for Makerble.

These will be transmitted through 3 Masterclasses, fuelled by the expertise and unique experiences of our team. There will also be a Digital Curriculum of inspiring and educational content, to keep you brimming with fresh ideas and perspectives.

At the end of the programme, there’s the opportunity to show off everything you’ve learnt in front of an audience of Makerble staff and potential employers, with a networking event afterwards.
Like this guy! (Probably. Maybe. I mean, it's kinda down to you if you're gonna Draper it)

The Opportunity

Here at Makerble, we want to change the way that people give, and a large part of that is getting to the influencers of the future - students. We envision a world where students give because they can see the impact that they’re making on the world.

But we can’t do it alone. You will have the opportunity to test your new-and-improved skill-set in a real world context: a series of Makerble Challenges will provide the chance to apply the lessons of the Masterclasses to make your impact on campus.


Maybe you dream of startup stardom.
Maybe you’re the crème de la crème of campus life, on 1000 committees and involved in all the cool events.
Or maybe you don’t know what you want to do, but you are keen to learn some new skills and take on a new challenge.

Either way, if you’re ambitious, hungry to learn, and a great communicator, we want to hear from you.

If you like the sound of all this, apply by telling us why you’re a good fit for the programme… and don’t forget to enclose your CV.

Applications to by midnight on 16th January, 2015


Monday, 24 November 2014


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You know that old clichė about teaching a man to fish to feed him for his entire lifetime? Well, Shivia have applied that philosophy to impoverished areas of West Bengal in India, directly helping 8,000 families lift themselves above, or nearer to, the poverty line, whilst indirectly helping over 50,000 people to improve their lives significantly.

Their Livelihood Programmes equips families with the skills to take full advantage of the resources available to them, whether transforming a single chicken into a reliable source of food and income for an entire household or applying special techniques to coax crops out of poor quality land. Providing people with these kind of skills allows them to achieve ever greater levels of self-sufficiency.

Shivia also run two Partner Programmes in collaboration with two carefully-selected local NGOs. They empower people through microfinance schemes and livelihood training, enabling them to access better employment prospects and financing for enterprise projects.
Shivia allow people to change their lives their way. Change the world your way at