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Tech For Good: Where passion & innovation meets impact & profit

Navigating the UK social investment marketplace has been simultaneously exhilarating and infuriating; the belief that building and maintaining social capital through a profitable and scaleable business model is one that I have long held and it is encouraging that UK investors are making the right noises.

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The end of the road for the eAccessibility Forum and I

In May 2010 I was invited to join UK Government's eAccessibility Forum. I initially said no flat out; I was not being rude or ungrateful, but I feared that there would be a lot of talk and little action and, although I can talk for Britain, talk alone does not lead to progress.

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The Queen's royal garden party: where honour, respect & dignity roam

As a thank you for the work I have been doing with Government on eAccessibility, I had the honour of receiving an invitation to one of the Queen's Royal Garden Parties. When the invitation arrived in the post, with the Queen's emblem franked on the envelope and the words "The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by her Majesty to invite Mr. Mark and Mrs. Sandi Wassmer to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace", emblazoned on the invitation, the importance and magnitude of this wonderful opportunity hit me like a ton of bricks. My heart filled with gratitude and I began to feel a rather gleeful sense of anticipation.

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Mediocrity, concession and acquiescence? No thanks.

Tenacity is certainly something I have in abundance. Sure, it sometimes manifests itself as pigheadedness or even downright stupidity, but it is always accompanied by honour and integrity. One of the characteristics of having ADHD is a tendency to uber-focus, but it can also serve me very well indeed, so I'm not fussed. Life is full of trade offs. So, with my usual positivity and ability to see the beauty in everyone, I just figured that even though I may behave this way or that way in my fervent pursuit of a better world, somehow folk would see the beauty in me.

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The Internet, citizenship and community

The founders of the Internet had a vision of it being open and inclusive, breaking down the barriers that lead to social inequality and exclusion, and playing a pivotal role in creating a global community that is a level playing field for all. This is certainly what I signed up for, but it appears that these fundamental values are being eroded.

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Does it grow corn?

I have never been a big fan of rules and think I will probably remain a bit of a rebel for the rest of my life, because even now, when faced with having a rule imposed on me, not only do I want to break it, I want to break it twice. And in the same vein, I am also not much of a conformist or big on social convention, and these things do get me into trouble now and again.

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Bullying and social inclusion: zero tolerance is the only way

When you are the parent of a school aged child, you have access to a wealth of insights, not only about how young minds are shaped and how so many influences and factors are at play, but also how important the things that those working in education do or don’t do are in the grand scheme of things.

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Social inclusion is a two-way street

I have been doing a little one woman social experiment of late, as I am fascinated by the human condition and particularly what makes people behave the way they do. Having moved from the mainstream into the disabled stream, the one thing that I have found very difficult to comprehend is why so many people respond to me chipping up with my white cane with fear.

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