Tagged with activism

The Nature of Change

I talk about progressive change a lot, yet that idea does not fully capture my ideas about how change occurs. I like the word progressive because it indicates forward movement. It is also nonpartisan, or at least it can be understood in that way. Yet, progress is linear, logical, and rational. There is a beginning … Continue reading

20 Questions: Advocacy

What social condition(s) are we trying to shift? What change will positively influence this social condition? What is the specific ask? Are there any acceptable alternatives to this ideal solution? What will be the result of making such a change for the community overall and in the lives of individual people? What are the financial, … Continue reading

The Tao of Political Leadership

“The female overcomes the male with stillness, Lying low in stillness. Therefore if a great country gives way to a smaller country, It will conquer the smaller country. And if a small country submits to a great country, It can conquer the great country.” — Tao te Ching How would a Taoist view influence politics … Continue reading

365 Ways to be Social+

              If you read this blog, then I suspect that you are Social+ (“social positive”). People who are Social+ aim to have a net positive social impact by considering the environmental and human impact of everyday decisions and interactions, being actively involved in the community, and expressing kindness and … Continue reading

Cookie Cutter Correspondence

“When a person takes time to write you a letter, you’ve got to pay attention to that person.” — My grandfather in The Morning Call, January 26th, 1985 I care deeply about many issues, and I have the email log to prove it. I think Harrisburg and Washington have had to upgrade their email servers … 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

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

The Only One

No ‘rock video girl’ touched my heart so deeply as Jayzik Azikiwe, who starred in Dire Straits’  Skateaway video. When I was a little girl, I so wanted to be continually imbued with the spirit that she embodied: vibrant; independent; carefree; and confident. Just listening to that song now makes me feel fantastical. This past … Continue reading

Targets of Activism

Activism can be directed toward three interrelated components: ideas, people, and systems. Ideas represent both unique expressions and the collective zeitgeist. People may include individuals and various kinds of groups (families, special interest clubs, neighborhoods, etc.). Systems are the political, social, and economic structures through which people interact. In activism practice, these three mechanisms are … Continue reading