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Slavoj Žižek: Don't Act. Just Think.

Slavoj Žižek: Don't Act. Just Think.
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What's Stopping More of Us From Being Environmentalists and Feminists? Canadian researchers report people hold negative views of political and social activists, and their unwillingness to associate with such people dampens the likelihood of changing their behavior. Why don’t people behave in more environmentally friendly ways? New research presents one uncomfortable answer: They don’t want to be associated with environmentalists. That’s the conclusion of troubling new research from Canada, which similarly finds support for feminist goals is hampered by a dislike of feminists. Participants held strongly negative stereotypes about such activists, and those feelings reduced their willingness “to adopt the behaviors that these activities promoted,” reports a research team led by University of Toronto psychologist Nadia Bashir. “By aggressively promoting change and advocating unconventional practices, activists become associated with hostile militancy and unconventionality or eccentricity.”

John Butman: How to Succeed as an Idea Entrepreneur Two Years After the Eviction of OWS, Here's 5 People Keeping the Movement Alive by Kathleen Ann Bradley Two years ago today, when Occupy Wall Street was evicted from Zuccotti Park, many wondered what was next for the movement. Two years later, we profile five projects that got their starts in the encampments and are still making change today. posted Nov 15, 2013 It was a cold night in late January 2012. No one knew where the movement was going and what it was going to do next He was one of the small army of Occupy Wall Streeters who had been driven from the park on November 15—two years ago today. After protesters like him were evicted, no one knew where the movement was going and what it was going to do next. One way to get a handle on what became of the Occupy movement is to track the continuing work of its participants, five of whom we've profiled here. Laurie Wen Healthcare for the 99% "That is still the mission of the group," she says. Physicians for a National Health Program continues to advocate for putting human needs first, she says. Tim Franzen Occupy Our Homes Atlanta Grace Davie

Tools for a Better Future Neat Stuff Ecstasy Drug-Crazed Ravers Are Like Chemical Buddhas Published on April 4th, 2014 | by Jason Louv Ecstasy drug-fueled Dutch ravers are by turns idiotic and profound in this hilarious video This video (via the Dutch magazine Flabber) captures partygoers out of their skulls on Ecstasy at Thunderdome, a hardcore techno / gabber festival that [&hellip... Environment & Health When Monsanto Had Its Own Disneyland Exhibit Published on April 2nd, 2014 | by Jason Louv Remembering the Monsanto-sponsored exhibit that touted Better Living Through Chemistry to a generation of American children, 1955-1966 Pliant, malleable, innocent, so trusting: This is the American mass mind, the clay that corporations and advertisers manipulate every [&hellip... ‘Raised by Wolves’: Disturbing, Moving Look at Homeless Youth 5 Countries That are Throwing Monsanto Out on its Ass Published on April 1st, 2014 | by Jason Louv Read ‘The Key’, Grant Morrison’s New Web Comic for the BBC Magick & Spirituality

Chicago Rising! — www.thenation A resurgent protest culture fights back against Rahm Emanuel’s austerity agenda. Karen Lewis, center, president of the CTU is joined by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, and United States Representative Bobby Rush, right, during a demonstration and march over the a plan to close fifty-four Chicago Public Schools through Chicago's downtown Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) On a sunny saturday this past May, far down on the city’s black South Side where corner stores house their cashiers behind bulletproof plexiglass, about 150 activists assembled at Jesse Owens Community Academy. In just a few days, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s appointed Board of Education would vote on the largest simultaneous school closing in recent history. We Recommend If cab drivers in Chicago win their lawsuit to become employees of the city, their jobs will become a lot less terrible. About the Author Rick Perlstein Also by the Author Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From.

4 Principles For Creating Change, And 4 Barriers That Make It Harder Many people now are struggling to make change; to drive social or environmental impact whether they are social entrepreneurs or people working from within organizations to make a difference. In this piece, we wanted to focus on thinking about how communities of change makers can thrive. It’s not enough for change making to be the sole remit of a handful of do-gooders or NGOs. By highlighting some of the barriers and core principles that are vital to the success of a world in which everyone is a change maker, we hope to begin to mainstream the art of change making and destroy the social entrepreneur’s monopoly on social change. Barrier 1: Experts As Idols Too often change making is outsourced to experts or social entrepreneurs rather than community members. Barrier 2: Conditions Of Problem Solving Are Overlooked Much of the time, we are quick to jump to tactical problem solving without fully reflecting on whether the conditions for it are put in place. Barrier 4: Learning Is One to One

Occupy theorists launch militant research handbook A collaborative project seeks to redefine the place where activism and academia meet by promoting militant research in, about and with the movements. New York University, 2013 [FULL VERSION] Natalie Bookchin, Pamela Brown, Suzahn Ebrahimian, Colectivo Enmedio, Alexandra Juhasz, Leónidas Martin, MTL, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Andrew Ross, A. Welcome to The Militant Research Handbook! And that’s how the Handbook came about. At the same time, we did not want In Visible Crisis to be solely concerned with New York area issues. So it is not a comprehensive document, as no 32-page booklet could possibly be. Some may be put off by the name “militant,” as Alexandra Juhasz mentions in her contribution. Militant research might be defined as the place where activism and academia meet. Global Precedents and Agendas — A Top Five: 1. In 2005, Colectivo outlined their strategy of “research militancy” situated in tension between the “sad militant” and the “detached, unchangeable university researcher.” 2. 3. 4.

The U.S. Occupy Movement – Since the Eviction from the Squares This text analyses the U.S. Occupy movement as a particular societal response to the crisis of neoliberal hegemony, and as the initial stirrings of a counter-hegemonic project. Here, the movement is situated within the context of a blocked transformation, in which the finance-dominated accumulation regime, despite falling into a deep structural crisis, nonetheless remains dominant. In this text, I focus on four specific interventions of the movement at the front line of the crisis to show how it responded to the eviction from the public squares and regrouped, and how it navigated these tensions. ‘Occupy Our Homes’, a multi-city network opposing home foreclosures and evictions. Robert Ogman studied social theory at The New School in New York and was active in the alterglobalisation movement.

Why Fast, Cheap, and Easy Design Is Killing Your Nonprofit’s Brand Technology is fueling a democratization of design, giving ordinary people the power to create with speed and ease. Among nonprofits, many feel that technology is leveling the playing field when it comes to expressing themselves and their brands. Historically, marketing has been an expensive endeavor, and while sharing stories, promoting impact, and raising funds are all critical activities, nonprofits have been challenged to find adequate budgets to do these things effectively. Even when there was money to invest, there was also a third party waiting to scrutinize the spending. That was before the ubiquitous availability of creative technologies changed the game. With a smartphone and a laptop, you can channel your inner Spielberg and produce epic videos. Not a DIY kind of person? Technology is indeed empowering those with mini budgets to create mightily. It’s not a question of whether you can get quality design from cheap (or free) apps and services. A logo does not equal a brand.

Community Organizer scott crow Talks Shifting Culture Without Government — American Dreamers I recently spoke to noted community organizer scott crow about how average people—people with dreams, vision, grit and motivation—can effect change in a very real and quantifiable way after the vote. This isn't a playbook for smashing some McDonald's or Starbucks windows, but for taking the fight to communities. A tired cycle exists in American electoral culture. Every two years we vote for federal representatives and senators, and every four years we vote in the presidential election. Americans then rather sadly wash their hands of the mess, and resolve to do very little or nothing to actively make democracy work. Mr. crow has had a roughly two decade-long resume of working in community organizing circles, most notably as one of the founders of the Common Ground Collective, one of the largest and most-organized volunteer forces in the post-Katrina wasteland. Author’s Note: This is a long-form interview. We Are More Than Just Voters & Consumers “We have other choices,” adds Crow.

Good news from Germany: A 'global transformation of values has already begun'. Phases of social diffusion of ideas and behaviours, and the roles of change agents in the transformation process. Source: WGBU Good news from Germany: A ‘global transformation of values has already begun’. It’s proving tough to leverage changing attitudes into sustainable behaviour — but a transition to a more sustainable society ‘would be welcomed by a significant part of world society’. In a 400-page report called World in Transition: A Social Contract for Sustainability, the German Advisory Council on Climate Change (WGBU), the heavyweight scientific body that advises the German Federal Government on ‘Earth System Megatrends’, reviewed a wide-range of values surveys. This post-materialist thinking is not limited to the well­-off and educated. A key barrier to change is that value systems are often ‘abstract concepts perceived as an hypothetical area of life’. At this point our interest peaked — but the WGBU muse fell silent: No concrete ideas are proposed.

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