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The Public Intellectual

The Public Intellectual
Within the last few decades, the emergence of public intellectuals as important cultural and social critics has raised fundamental questions not only about the social function of academics, but also about the connection between higher education and public life, between academic work and the major issues shaping the broader society. Truthout's Public Intellectual Project will provide progressive academics with an opportunity to address a number of important social issues in a language that is both rigorous and accessible. All too often, academics produce work that is either too abstract for a generally informed public, or they separate their scholarship from the myriad of issues and contemporary problems that shape everyday life in the United States and abroad. Articles by Henry A. Giroux Articles by (or About) Other Authors in the Public Intellectual Project Seth Adler Ian Angus Stanley Aronowitz Salvatore Babones Zygmunt Bauman Carol Becker Dr. Megan Boler Noam Chomsky David L. Simon Dawes Related:  New Perspectuves to me

So you want to Run for Office? Christopher Crotty Is there a local issue that has you hopping mad? Think you can do a better job than the people who represent you? Dont just sit there - help fix the problem by running for office. Whether youre seeking a seat on the local school board or a term as U.S. President, running for office is a challenging endeavor. 2) Check the qualifications for the office. 3) File the required papers to get yourself on the ballot. Research the office you want to hold. Share with your family all the information youve gathered, and decide if running for office is right for you. 1) Are you already involved in your community? 2) Do you volunteer for causes like the PTA or the neighborhood watch? Make a list of your fellow club members, family, friends, and colleagues you think will support you. Exploratory Committee Meeting You are not going to run for office alone. The people in the room like you. People will feel flattered to have been invited to this kind of “inner circle” meeting. Scheduler

PBS: Public Broadcasting Service Freedom, Openness and Creativity in the Digital Economy Every aspect of culture and economy is transforming through a process of digitization that creates new systems of archives, representations and reproduction technologies that portend a Web 3.0 and Web 4.0, where all production - material and immaterial - will be digitally designed and coordinated through distributed information systems. Digitization transforms all aspects of cultural production and consumption, favoring the networked peer community over the individual author and blurring the distinction between artists and their audiences. These new digital logics alter the traditional organization of knowledge, education and culture, spawning new technologies as a condition of the openness of the system. Now that the production of texts, sounds and images is open to new rounds of experimentation and development, a new grammar of digital culture is created. Read more: The Public Intellectual Project Creativity as the New Development Paradigm References

Home In our self-governing society Who should we call on to fix broken government? We can blame politicians, the media, or special interests Till we're red or blue in the face But sometimes you just have to turn the mirror around. Want to become more effective as a citizen? Want to help shape public policy rather than be shaped by it? Want to make your voice heard loudly -- without screaming? "Song Of A Citizen" is a resource to help you do all that and more. And to help you inspire others to do the same. So read on -- and check out our videos -- and prepare to transform yourself from a frustrated civic spectator into a powerful political problem-solver. Note: This site is a temporary placeholder until the official site goes live.

Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover” operatives to gain access to sensitive data and systems in the global communications industry, and that these secret agents may have even dealt with American firms. The documents describe a range of clandestine field activities that are among the agency’s “core secrets” when it comes to computer network attacks, details of which are apparently shared with only a small number of officials outside the NSA. “It’s something that many people have been wondering about for a long time,” said Chris Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, after reviewing the documents. Sentry Eagle “Under Cover” Agents Corporate Partners

Tom Atlee: The Design Economy – How to Meet the Challenges of the Next Economic Era The concepts of “design” and “association” in this article, related so fundamentally to the creation and contextualization of important information, seems closely related to the idea of open intelligence and the larger meme of open everything. So, fyi. Joe Costello, author of the new book Of, By, For: The New Politics of Money, Debt & Democracy, has a message for America: our political economy must be democratically reformed. As we confront a moment of massive historical change, Costello explores, among other things, how electronic information technologies are transforming industrial economies. The following is an excerpt from Of, By, For: The Politics of Money, Debt & Democracy, by Joe Costello (SmashWords, 2012). “The ordinary person senses the greatness of the odds against him even without thought or analysis, and he adapts his attitudes unconsciously. Humanity’s great agrarian era produced agrarian government systems, economies, and cultures. See Also:

A Boycott Is Happening in Chicago—And This Time It Isn’t Teachers Students in Chicago have had enough with their school system. A group called Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools boycotted the state-mandated test, PSAE, on Wednesday and protested citywide. Like many people against standardized testing, the students, which numbered in the hundreds, have had enough with test taking. But their objections, however, go further. They are also fed up with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the public school system’s leaders in their attempts to shutter 54 school programs and 61 school buildings, mostly in underprivileged and minority neighborhoods. Brian Sturgis, a senior at Chicago’s Paul Robeson High School and an organizer of the boycott, wrote in an Education Week blog, “Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Board of Education are supposed to make the CPS system work for all of us. The protestors posted frequently on social media to keep people updated on their activities. The students’ activities haven’t sat well with administrators. EducationSchools

5 Strategies to Read People’s Emotional Energy Emotions are a stunning expression of our energy, the “vibe” we give off. We register these with intuition. Some people feel good to be around; they improve your mood and vitality. Others are draining; you instinctively want to get away. This “subtle energy” can be felt inches or feet from the body, though it‘s invisible. Emotional energy is contagious. When reading emotions, realize that what others say or how they appear frequently don‘t match their energy. Here, the surrender to focus on is saying “yes” to the messages your body sends. Strategies to read emotional energy Sense people’s presence - This is the overall energy we emit, not necessarily congruent with words or behaviour. As you read people notice: does their overall energy feel warm? Watch people’s eyes – We can make love or hate with our eyes. Take time to observe people‘s eyes. Notice the feel of a handshake, hug and touch – We share emotional energy through physical contact much like an electrical current.

Horizontalism We began learning together. It was a sort of waking up to a collective knowledge, rooted in a self-awareness of what was taking place in each of us. First we began asking questions of ourselves and each other, and from there we began to resolve things together. My personal perspective has to do with the idea of freedom, this idea of discovering that we have collective knowledge that brings us together, gives us strength, starts the process of discovery. I think back to previous activist experiences, and remember a powerful feeling of submission. — Neka, a member of an unemployed workers’ movement I see in the movement that there’s a reaction with a certain naivety. It seems to me there is a very strong rejection to the idea that we are going to live on the margin of the state, on the margin of its theories and laws, and that we can live in this way, based only on our willingness and good heartedness. — Ezequiel, a participant in a neighborhood assembly