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Interview with our founder – Björn

Capital Philanthropy Posted on May 31, 2017 by Emma Horrigan Cass Business School News. Björn Stjernquist (MSc Finance with a Specialism in Investments) is the founder of and runs, together with two colleagues, Capital Smiles – a powerful crowdfunding platform for charities. Offering a fresh and discerning take on crowdfunding, alongside an interactive and exciting way to get involved directlyread more

The beauty of statistics

Roughly two months ago Hans Rosling passed away.  Hans was a famous Swedish physician, academic, statistician, and public speaker.  He was the Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet and was the co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation. He held presentations around the world, including several TED Talks in which he promoted the use of data to explore development issues.  No one presentsread more

Recicladores – The world of Street Recycling

‘Recicladores’ is a common form of making money for poor and vulnerable people around the world. Rummaging through the rubbish and left overs of others for scraps that can be recycled and sold on for tiny amounts is a common way for people to survive. In Bogota on the streets it is a daily occurrence to see a guy walkingread more

Fundraising – Top Tips for our Crowdfunding Platform

Our Project Heros have been the driving force and energy behind the fundraising for their crowdfunding campaigns.  Here are their top ideas/tips for successfully fundraising your campaign with the Capital Smiles team – Before you go live – Engage with your crowd also before the project is up and running, let people know what you are planning to do and engage with your them on all socialread more

The Hidden Messages In Water – A Book Review

I came across someone who had read this book a few months ago and it immediately caught my attention.  The magic of water. A man who has been able to photograph the transformations of crystals of water after being exposed to music, words, pictures and more.  A seemingly very simple idea, the results that it went on to produce wereread more

Nairobi from the eyes of a Swedish 17-year old

Taking a year abroad as a 17-year old is something that many teenagers dream about. The chance to get away from your parents and friends back home for a while, to experience a new culture, make new friends and try a new type of food is tremendously exciting! Many swedes choose to go to the US or France and I even know people whoread more

Take Action – It Don’t Mean A Thing if You Ain’t Got That Swing

“When I was young – when TV was black and white, phones had dials, extract of malt was an everyday food, and even the most basic of computers was a distant dream – I spent a lot of my time in playgrounds and swing parks. As I’m sure many of you did too. On the swings, the roundabouts, the slides,read more

HUMAN- a film review

This week we want to give you a film tip, namely the documentary “Human”. It was directed by the French journalist and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand over a period of three years and premiered in the General Assembly Hall of the UN in 2015. Yann and his team interviewed over 2000 people in 60 countries worldwide asking the same 40 questions.read more

A Volunteer in Chumkriel Language School

The Volunteer In 2008 I was studying addiction psychology and counselling and of course as a university student I had quite a large summer break.  After looking at various volunteering websites where you seemed to be charged large amounts of money to help various projects I stumbled upon the Chumkriel Language School (CLS) website where I discovered that you couldread more