Sivil Toplum Geliştirme Merkezi Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP) | Center for Civil Society Studies The Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP) is the largest systematic effort ever undertaken to analyze the scope, structure, financing, and role of the private nonprofit sector in countries around the world in order to enrich our understanding of this sector, and to provide a sounder basis for both public and private action towards it. Begun in 1991, this project grew out of an increased need for basic information about civil society organizations following a dramatic “associational revolution.” This revolution forced a reappraisal of the respective roles of the market and the state focused new attention on the role of private, nonprofit organizations; however, despite this growing importance, these organizations remained poorly understood almost everywhere, making it difficult to determine their capabilities or to attract attention to their challenges. Objectives This project aims to:
Adam Michnik Family Adam Michnik was born in Warsaw, Poland, to a family of Jewish communists. His father, Ozjasz Szechter, was the first secretary of the Communist Party of Western Ukraine, and his mother, Helena Michnik, was a historian, communist activist and children's book writer. His half brother (on his mother's side), Stefan Michnik, was a judge in the 1950s during the Stalinist period and has been accused of passing death sentences on Polish resistance movement soldiers. His half brother (on his father's side), Jerzy Michnik (b. 1929), settled in Israel after 1957, and then moved to New York. Education While attending primary school, he was an active member of the Polish Scouting Association (ZHP), in a troop which was led by Jacek Kuroń. In 1964 he began studies in history at Warsaw University. Władysław Gomułka used Michnik's Jewish background to wage an anti-Semitic campaign, blaming the Jews for the crisis. Opposition In 1976–77 he lived in Paris. Bibliography
CINEFOGO Infographic: Give Local America 2015 Results—the Bigger Picture | Kimbia $68.5 million raised. 375,000+ gifts received. 9,000+ nonprofits benefited. By now you’ve probably heard about the impressive results from the second annual Give Local America, a nationwide, Kimbia-powered crowdfunding event held on May 5, 2015; but when did donors give and to which causes? Which ten nonprofits raised the most? This Give Local America 2015 infographic takes a deeper dive, showing detailed results as well as what made this year’s event so special. Mark your calendars—the third annual Give Local America will be held May 3, 2016! How to Measure Civil Society Editors Introduction Civil society has become an important concept in the social sciences, and has emerged as a central topic among policymakers and practitioners alike. With such prominence comes a need for clearer understanding, better information and ways to position civil society and its various dimensions in the context of economy, polity and society at large. In this feature, Helmut K. Anheier, director of the Centre for Civil Society based at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Lisa Carlson, research assistant at the Centre, discuss the various definitions and the complexities of civil society. A phenomenon as complex and multifaceted as civil society invites a variety of definitions and attempts to capture its "conceptual essence". Conceptual development Many different definitions of civil society exist, and there is little agreement on its precise meaning, though much overlap exists among core conceptual components.
Center for nonprofit sector research About Centre for Nonprofit Sector Research The Centre for Nonprofit Sector Research (in Czech: Centrum pro výzkum neziskového sektoru, or CVNS) is a research institute of Masaryk University, based in its Faculty of Economics and Administration. Its economists, historians, lawyers, sociologists and political scientists research the current state of the Czech nonprofit sector and civil society and study their development from the perspectives of their academic disciplines and in cross-disciplinary and cross-national contexts. The Centre conducts both basic and applied research, as well as offering an education programme to graduate and postgraduate students. History The CVNS started work in October 2003. The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube | Greatist Now that the holidays are creeping around the corner, you may have to break up with your regularly scheduled sweat sessions, at least temporarily. And though the most wonderful time of the year may interfere with your fave spin class or butt-kicking bootcamp routine, it’s completely possible to stay fit—all you need is an Internet connection and a little living room space. (OK, and maybe a few props here and there.) Strength and Conditioning 1. The queen of lean, Jillian Michaels brings her tough training to YouTube. 2. 7-Minute Workout: Full-Body, Fat-Burning Cardio This video is proof positive that you don’t need to hit the gym—or have a ton of time or space—for a truly killer workout. 3. Build strong lower limbs (a.k.a. 4. Ever since butt selfies (ahem, #belfies) became a thing, it’s been clear that building the best booty is at the top of many fitness wish lists. 5. If there’s one travel-friendly workout tool, it’s the resistance band. 6. Dance 7. 8. Did you overdo it on Beyoncé? 9.
Global peace index 2014: every country ranked | News The world has become less peaceful each year since 2008 according to 2014's Global Peace Index (GPI), put together by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The continued conflict in Syria, deteriorating situation in Ukraine and civil war in South Sudan helped contribute to the trend. The last year's fall in global peace was mostly attributable to drops in four of the 22 indicators used to put together the index: Terrorist activity Number of internal and external conflicts foughtNumber of displaced people as a percentage of the populationNumber of deaths from organised internal conflict The ongoing civil war in Syria has made it into the world's least peaceful nation, with the country dropping below Afghanistan who held the spot last year. Just above those two is South Sudan, which registered the biggest fall in peace of any this year following the internal violence that began last December. Europe keeps place as most peaceful region How accurate is their prediction model? Militarisation
TSRC - Third Sector Research Centre The Third Sector Research Centre works to enhance knowledge through independent and critical research. In collaboration with practitioners, policy makers, and other academics, we explore the key issues affecting charities and voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals. News The future of TSRC TSRC's bid to renew our core funding from the ESRC Large Centres and Grants competition has been unsuccessful. Read more... Spotlight Unfolding tales of voluntary action What is the full story of third sector activity in communities struggling to manage tough economic and social challenges? This new monthly series will explore these issues and more, from the unique vantage point of TSRC's 'Real Times' project.
Image Scaling using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks — Flipboard Engineering This past summer I interned at Flipboard in Palo Alto, California. I worked on machine learning based problems, one of which was Image Upscaling. This post will show some preliminary results, discuss our model and its possible applications to Flipboard’s products. High quality and a print-like finish play a key role in Flipboard’s design language. When we display images on either the web or mobile devices they must be above a certain threshold to display well. Full bleed High Quality Image Lower resolution images introduce pixelation, over smoothing and artifacts when scaled above 100%. Full bleed Low Quality Image What is the cause of this? Before we go any further I would like to give a high level introduction to both the traditional and convolutional flavours of Neural Networks. Note: Smaller nuances of Neural Networks will not be covered in the introduction. Neural Networks Neural Networks are an amazing type model that is able to learn from given data. Our simple model Architecture
These 10 Countries Are The Most Prosperous In The World, And They Don’t Include The U.S. If you were to look at one measure of a country’s economic health, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) alone leaves out plenty of the factors that make a country a pleasant—or prosperous—place to live. That’s why, in the depths of a global recession five years ago, the Legatum Institute, a U.K. nonprofit thinktank, made a list of 89 factors to measure a country’s prosperity. Last week, the Institute put out its Prosperity Index rankings for 2013, but the United States didn’t make the highlights. Instead, the top 10 most prosperous countries rankings yielded the usual cast of Scandinavian characters that tend to show up in happiness polls. Norway, for the fifth year in a row, took first prize for most prosperous country in the world. "Sometimes, when you think of Norway, you think big government, high taxes, and a welfare state, but the prosperity index points to a different picture," said Nathan Gamester, program director of Legatum’s prosperity index.
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