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Social Movements

The Aftermath of Hong Kong Protests: How We Can Do More Than Just Stand Around

Erin Mazursky | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Erin Mazursky

While they appear to be randomized blips on a map, this growing trend of unrest is actually a part of an ever-connected global movement for truly people-powered, open societies that, if successful, can shift not just geopolitics but our fundamental ability to achieve human rights, development, equality, and prosperity in every community around the world.

Branding a Revolution

Tom Silva | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Tom Silva

I've been in the world of marketing and branding for 20 years and I still carefully monitor the meridian between what's brandable and what's not. The ...

One Community at a Time

Julie Barnes | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Julie Barnes

I am constantly amazed and inspired by the amazing human beings that I cross paths with on a weekly basis, from the women I work with who are overcoming their fears to follow their dreams, to the people who are out quietly creating change and making an impact in their communities.

Massacred Democracy in Mexico

John M. Ackerman | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
John M. Ackerman

Two recent massacres committed by government officials indicate that the country may be headed towards a rerun of the "dirty wars" of the 1970s, in which the government hunted down and killed or jailed thousands of activists.

How Did Leaders Respond To The People's Climate March?

Pablo Solon | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Pablo Solon

Our main goal in strengthening marches like the one on September 21st is not to target the UN climate negotiations, but to build a movement that is strong enough to challenge and change the capitalist system.

Finding Purpose in Your Past

Julie Barnes | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Julie Barnes

So many people let their past define them and keep them a victim. It's when you choose to rise above your life story that your life begins to change. Your story becomes the inspiration you need to find your purpose in life.

Democracy Matters

Jay Mandle | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Obviously, those of us who want to reverse the trend and achieve a more egalitarian America face a formidable challenge: how to reduce the political dominance of the super-rich at a time when they continue to use their wealth to enhance their political clout.

Ferguson and America's Hatred of Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Ferguson was not just an event in which police overreacted to heated demonstrations; it's a symptom of a generalized hatred of democracy in this country -- the hatred of the truly bold idea that politics should be the work of everyday people and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.

Thank God That Is Happening In #Ferguson and Not Here

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

It's so profoundly important that we, living elsewhere in the U.S., don't squelch the concern in our souls by saying, "Thank God that is happening in Ferguson, Missouri and not here."

Reconstruction or Haiti's Latest Disaster? Tourism Development on Île-à-Vache Island

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

  The following is adapted from a presentation by Jessica Hsu of Other Worlds and Jean Claudy Aristil of Radio VKM Les Cayes at the Executive Sy...

Growing Public Will for Climate Action

Lisa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Lisa Bennett

It should be no surprise that an issue such as global warming has not yet become a popular cause in America -- despite a quarter-century of talk about it, and the fact that a failure to address it undermines humanity's own self-interest.

The Riches of Nature v. Private Property: An Interview With Gerardo Cerdas

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell July 1, 2014 Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movement Grito de los Excluidos, Cry of...

When Walking the Walk Means Taking a Step Back

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

The movement to end poverty in America and to ensure that all families become full stakeholders in the American Dream is no exception.

Raising Hope Across Borders: Transnational Social Movements and Power

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An interview with Gerardo Cerdas by Beverly Bell June 17, 2014 Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movem...

Barbara Annis and Dr. Keith Merron on the Need for Gender Intelligence, An Exclusive Interview (Pt 5)

Jarod Cerf | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Jarod Cerf

Though we alluded to it in last week's post, today we'll go into why Barbara and Keith, authors of Gender Intelligence, are so willing to share the core aspects of their business for the price of a book and how the technology industry's employment struggles provide us with an opportunity to revise the conversation.

Social Movements and Power: Change From Below in the Dominican Republic

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An Interview with Pedro Franco From Santo Domingo, Pedro Franco is an organizer of social movements and mutual-aid cooperatives. He is also a member ...

Gender Equity for Rural Haitian Women: An Interview With Kettly Alexandre of the Peasant Moment of Papay

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

  Interviewed by Beverly Bell, Edited by Jessica Hsu April 22, 2014 The Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) is one of the largest small-farmer ass...

Fethullah Gulen: From Izmir to the Global Hizmet Movement

Emre Celik | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Emre Celik

Gulen's name has progressively reached a wider Western audience. From the New York Times to 60 Minutes, there are thousands of references to his name in the world media. Attention is being paid.

Grassroots: Why the Startup of Keystone XL South Makes Us Stronger

Maya Lemon | Posted 01.22.2014 | Green
Maya Lemon

Keystone XL South cuts through my community and puts my home and family in danger. The things I should write feel too painful and don't offer comfort or encouragement. The story I need to write therefore centers on this tiny clump of grass and the roots I cannot see.

Embracing the Many Movements That Shaped This Proud, Gay, African American Community College President

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

I recently had the pleasure of giving a TEDx talk, called "Embrace Your Movement." You've heard of TED Talks -- their motto is: "Ideas worth spreading...

Remembering Madiba: Freedom for Prisoners in Punjab

Mandeep Singh | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Mandeep Singh

Not only does South Africa have a long way to go to correct the errors of Apartheid, but many places all over the world still suffer from the poison of inequality and injustice that he opposed. One of the emerging world leaders dedicating his life to a freedom movement in the way Mandela did is Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa in India.

How Indifference Is (One) Sign of LGBT Progress

Brian Stone | Posted 02.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

The question has been raised: is the point of the gay rights movement to make us accepted as normal, or to get the larger society to accept what makes us special?

Is Europe Changing the Financial Sector?

Iván H. Ayala | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Iván H. Ayala

It is not a coincidence that banks have manipulated the LIBOR for preventing exposure of their positions of derivatives of interest rates in certain markets. It is the consequence of the so-called "liberalization of capital markets" which might be better defined as a "decriminalization" of some practices formerly regulated.

An Online Pledge That Might Actually Change the World

Search for Common Ground | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgIt's about changing your response to conflict. It's about having the skills to create constructive dialogue in heated situations, with uncomfortable topics.

Think Again: The Tea Party's Forebears Are a Cavalcade of 'Rich People's Movements'

Eric Alterman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Alterman

The anti-tax movement has been revived time and again over the course of the last century.