Posted in September 2012

Blue Glitter

In the Allentown School District, there were very few Jewish students. When I was in 4th grade, I was very fortunate to have a Jewish teacher. She knew that at Christmastime, I would prefer blue glitter to red and green. When she gave me that blue glitter, it made me feel really special. I felt … Continue reading

Changemaker Chat: Matt Meyer

Matt Meyer is a New York-based educator-activist-author, co-editor of the two volume Africa World Press series Seeds of New Hope and co-author of Guns and Gandhi in Africa, and editor of PM Press’ Let Freedom Ring. He is the War Resisters International Africa Support Network Coordinator, and UN ECOSOC representative of the International Peace Research … Continue reading

L3: Internalized Privilege and Oppression

A lot of what we think and do stems from our subconscious feelings and beliefs. These are influenced by our experiences and personality as well as our understanding of our social position – past, present, and future. Social hierarchies influence the opportunities that are available to us and others as well as our perception of … Continue reading

United We Stand

We are divided and We are falling. America is in need of a new revolution. One that is peaceful, not violent; Selfless, not selfish; Unifying, not separatist. United we stand.

Social+

Being carbon neutral is great, but I would like to suggest that being social positive, which we might cutify by writing Social+, is even better. Social+ goes way beyond being carbon neutral. People who are Social+ also: – consider the human impact of every decision they make – are actively involved in their communities – … Continue reading

Typology of Activism

Activism can be classified according to many characteristics. Based purely on anecdotal and intuitive evidence, I believe there is a positive relationship between the proactivity of a strategy/tactic (independent variable) and the sustainability of the change that results (dependent variable) Whether or not this is accurate, I do think that it is helpful to organize … Continue reading

Changemaker Chat: Jon Elliot Ramer

Jon Eliot Ramer (born 1958) is an American entrepreneur, civic leader, inventor, and musician. He is co-founder of several technology companies including Ramer and Associates, ELF Technologies, Inc., and Smart Channels,as well as the designer and co-founder of several Deep Social Networks. Former Executive Director of the Interra Project, he is a co-founder of Ideal … Continue reading

Pride, Prejudice, and Politics

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy is greatly understood by those with whom he has not developed an intimate acquaintance. Elizabeth, in particular, finds him offensive until she falls madly in love with him and they live happily ever after. Our pride and our prejudice stand in the way of compassion and understanding … Continue reading