It's hard. I'm still learning. But 20 years of this work has convinced be that it is the only way for us to be equipped to create lasting and continual change.
Media is not inherently good or bad. It's a messenger, a powerful way to get ideas across to a mass number of people.
Many orchids are now endangered or going extinct, as we destroy their special habitats. As it is, our exploding populations are changing the climate and irreversibly extinguishing much of the beautiful tapestry of life on Earth, and our mega life support systems, our ecosystems.
The movement for change is not just about defending the notion that Black Lives Matter. It is also about supporting the idea that White Lives should not matter as much as they do. That white lives should not trump others.
I urge everyone, especially young people, to find a cause they believe in or volunteer in your community. It truly does make a difference, not just in the lives of those you are helping but also for yourself. You might discover something you may have never known about yourself. I certainly did.
Additionally, Priya is not docile, light-skinned, hyper-sexualized or objectified in the way mainstream Indian or global media often presents women. She is both an everywoman as well as a superhero who starts to build her own movement through the help of a powerful ally in Parvati.
Margaret Mead would have been enthused about last week's White House convening on investing in early childhood. She would have also been perplexed. Why did the organizers ignore the famous anthropologist's clarion call?
Growing up, I learned of how my grandmother taught in segregated schools and my mother attended them, prior to witnessing the race riots that accompanied integration. Though they were before my time, these events, and the role my family played in them, have shaped me.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * ...
There needs to be much wider knowledge about the "democracy's college" tradition, its public work approach to creating change, and its differences with the politics of protest.
"The Streets Belong to the People," said New York Suffragists in 1912. Their names are not engraved in the historical records, but Mrs. Lillian S. Griffin and Mrs. H.A. Saunders are worth remembering as protestors flood the streets of our cities right now.
Alfred Nobel had the money. Bertha von Suttner had the vision. Their union resulted in the Nobel Peace Prize, who continues to make a powerful impact on the world.
It is natural and empowering to claim your space in the world, but if you are ready to do more and live a legacy-worthy life of impact, here are five steps that you can take today:
Drones and body cameras are fighting a reality that exists -- I get it -- and maybe it needs to happen in the short term, but unless we change the model, build a new one, we are stuck.
Climate action is economically good and patriotic: clean energy is becoming as cheap as, and less economically volatile than, fossil fuels, and builds US energy independence.
Only time will tell if the UN Refugee Agency's critical efforts will have the potency and persuasion to effect systemic change among these communities, but during these 16 Days of Activism we're thankful for every effort that combats this violence perpetuated against the world's most innocent and vulnerable populations.