2014年9月22日 星期一

Defining Financial Literacy in a New Economic Age

This language includes several elements, all of which are important.

Financial literacy, which represents the basic and essential tools in the financial education tool kit.

Financial capability represents both the potential and the absolute awareness of what is possible, one’s options and opportunities, after one has achieved financial education and financial literacy.

Financial inclusion represents the vision and commitment ( of America ) to include everyone in its future promise and opportunity.

Financial empowerment is what one does with one’s newly discovered financial capability.

And financial dignity is the goal of all financial empowerment efforts, just as the civil rights movement was really a campaign for respect and dignity.

Bryant H. John (2014) How the poor can save capitalism: rebuilding the path to the middle class. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., p.58-59.

2014年9月21日 星期日


哈佛公開課 :正義  一場思辨之旅(8)

時間:下午7:00-10:00 (9:00-10:00 集思會)
地點:香港城巿大學 學術樓() G5-214
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本課主題:Fair Start? What do we deserve?
這是哈佛大學政治學教授Michael Sandel的公開課,全課程共12講。(本課主要探討羅爾斯(John Rawls) 的理論。 (分享會將播放選錄片段,參加者可自行從Youtube觀看有關影片,或閱讀《正義》第6-7章。)

不分種族、年齡、學歷,費用全免。All are welcome and it’s FREE!!!

什麼是公開課(Open Course)
公開課或慕課(Massive Open Online Course, MOOC)都是基於資源共享原則,利用互聯網公開演講及相關課程資料,供大眾免費下載。外國很多著名大學包括耶魯、哈佛及麻省理工等都已提供課堂實錄的公開課。其中較出眾的公開課平台包括有edX, Udacity Coursera等。
參考: OpenCourseWare (Wikipedia) | MOOC

我們認為免費的公開課活動有助巿民增進知識。 透過協作學習及協作領導,我們希望參加者能提升自我反省能力並改善人際關係。在這一片細小的天空,我們將體驗平等相處和分享的自由,學習彼此尊重,認識身邊不同的人、嘗試了解彼此帶著不同的經驗和角度看世界,在跌跌碰碰中一同求進。


有別於一般的正規教育及職業培訓,非規範學習(informal and non-formal learning)强調配合個人多元發展的自主學習。本會認為公開課活動能鼓勵巿民參與非規範學習,有助個人多方面潛能的培育及發揮。



透過免費的公開課,本會期望義工組可在本港各社區,以至海外偏遠及貧困地區開設資源共享中心,讓世界上每一個人均可免費獲取知識,收窄貧富之間的資訊落差(digital divide) (: 本會將計劃開辦香港公開學院,歡迎有志之士透過本會的協作領袖服務隊,共同參與策劃與落實計劃。)

Harvesting in the Plot of the Poor

As I look for real, sustainable solutions to the poverty and lack of opportunity I see every day during my work at Operation HOPE, I have come to a strange conclusion: We have most likely locked up and thrown away the key to some of the very character traits that are required to stand up a community, create an emerging market and jobs, and grow local economies. We have actually tossed away the portion of society that we need to save it, leaving the elderly, the infirm, the young, broken families, or the traditional job striver to save a faltering community.

What would happen if all of these otherwise brilliant young people, whose main role models for “success” in their communities are drug dealers, rap stars or athletes, instead were given a proper business model or a business internship? Maybe it would change everything…

Bryant H. John (2014) How the poor can save capitalism: rebuilding the path to the middle class. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., p.4-5.

2014年9月1日 星期一

Charitabook 善本書

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What is Bridging Social Capital?

Social Capital harbours at least three dimensions: bonding, bridging, and linking.

It refers to intra-group, internal or inclusive “bonding” among homogeneous relationships within a family, group or community. It promotes reciprocity and help mobilising solidarity. It usually provides a sense of belonging which fulfils the immediate needs for belonging, love, emotional support and solidarity.

It refers to inter-group or external “bridging” connecting diverse social groups or heterogeneous relationships between different families, groups and communities. Bridging social capital enhance mobilization of external resources and information diffusion.

It refers to a vertical relation that helps individuals gain access to resources from formal institutions for social and economic development. In linking social capital, individuals or groups forge “alliance with sympathetic individuals in position of power… in order to leverage resources, ideas and information from formal institutions beyond the community.” This thus opens up access to jobs, opportunities, advice, and other resources.

Abstracted from Chong and Ng (2010), Bridging Social Captial – Theories and Practice. In Ng, S.H., Leung Y.L, and Prakash Brahm (Eds.), Social Capital in Hong Kong: Connectivities and Social Enterprise. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.