Author Archives: Alexandra Tursi

New Dropping Knowledge Multimedia Campaign Poses Questions to Start Conversations About Social Justice

Dropping Knowledge, the Berlin- and San Francisco-based group founded in 2003 by Mindpirates, has launched a neat new e-postcard campaign. The group is dedicated to exploring how “provocative, challenging and entertaining questions, communicated by innovative multimedia, can inspire new thinking.”I think these images speak for themselves. Spread them around to start a conversation, or ask […]

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Changing the World of Changing the World: Pushing the Models of Online Organizing

The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard always has a cool and informative lecture taking place.Today at 12:30pm, Ben Wikler of Avaaz.org, a 3.5-million member global online advocacy organization, will speak on how his organization is trying to expand its model of campaign organization via social media. To quote:“Now, we’re exploring ways to […]

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Echoing Green Announces 2009 Roster of Social Entrepreneur Fellows

For more than twenty years, Echoing Green (the name is from a Blake poem) has provided new leaders who possess vision and a smart idea (in areas such as civil and human rights, education and youth leadership, health, and public service) with the seed money and support to put their ideas into action.The angel investor […]

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The Spread of Global Consumerism Brings Traveling Salesmen to India

“‘Brother, why would you need a cellphone?’ one performer asks as he passes the only microphone. ‘To flirt with the most popular girl in the village,’ comes the answer. The crowd giggles.”Read more of the Wall Street Journal’s “The Infomercial Comes to Life in India’s Remotest Villages” to learn about how rural advertising is spreading […]

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New Documentary "Food, Inc." Explores How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter & Poorer

Food, Inc. won’t be out until June 12th in select cities, but in you can visit their website for more information. Watch this video trailer for a sneak peak.

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"Invisible Children" Rally Raises Awareness of Child Soldier Kidnappings in Uganda

On April 25 an abduction and rescue event will take place in more than 100 cities around the world, according to a press release from the California-based sponsoring organization Invisible Children Inc. Protesters will voluntarily kidnap themselves to raise awareness about “child soldier” kidnappings taking place in Uganda.Invisible Children Inc. was born in in the […]

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Homeboy Industries Turns Ex-Gang Members Into Solar Posse

“We don’t want people to think that you have to come out of MIT to be able to install solar power. A well-trained individual can make as good a worker as a lifelong electrician.”-Phillippe Hartley, general manager of a solar installation company, Phat Energy–How neat is this? As Caitlan Carroll of NPR reports, the organization […]

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And Then We Set His Hair on Fire

I’m currently enjoying And Then We Set His Hair On Fire: Insights and Accidents from a Hall-of-Fame Career in Advertising, a funny, delightful read by Phil Dusenberry.

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Activist Artists Document Housing Crisis in Providence

“We want to take beautiful photos but don’t want to aestheticize a real problem. This is not about urban exploration, lonely chairs, and peeling paint.”-Josh Oakhurst, Forgotten Providence-Artist Oakhurst, along with artists Sam Holland and Myles Dumas recently launched “Forgotten Providence,” an interactive web site where visitors will find images of abandoned homes as well […]

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EPA Releases Most Wanted List

The EPA has just released its list of “fugitives,” people who have been charged with violating environmental laws or regulations.As the New York Times reports, crimes include smuggling ozone-destroying coolants, building a secret pipeline to funnel pollutants into a tributary of the Mississippi River, and dumping contaminated grain into the ocean.The idea to release a […]

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Michelle Obama: Fist-Bumping Radical to Mom-in-Chief in One Year

“A supersmart black woman who’s also fashionable and fit — terrifying.”-Kate Pollitt, The Nation—Today, Michelle Obama was again the topic of conversation in media outlets globally. Her successful trip abroad and her fantastic style have made the media experience what Pollitt classifies as major whiplash (“from fist-bumping to mom-in-chief”). Though she celebrates Obama’s reception as […]

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USCRI Asks You to "Stand With a Refugee"

USCRI has launched a “Stand with a Refugee” campaign to raise awareness about the 17 million refugees who have fled war and persecution around the world. Their team tells us that “As the Obama Administration plans to implement a new foreign policy, we are trying to build a coalition of informed people who care about […]

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Echoing Green Launches "Spark Social Change" T-Shirt Contest

Our friends over at Echoing Green, the organization devoted to scouting and funding new talent in the social entrepreneurship realm, have launched a cool, new t-shirt design contest, using Crowdspring as their platform.The winning t-shirt will be sold on Echoing Green’s website, and the money will go toward supporting their “core programmatic model of identifying […]

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Social Change Through Social Media at 2009 SXSW Festival

Everyone is talking about the SXSW Festival, coming up next week in Austin. It is, after all, the place Twitter launched two years ago, and a Mecca for the digerati.So how do social justice and SXSW intersect? Here’s a look:Plutopia 2009: Co-founded by Worldchanging and The Futures Lab, Plutopia uses music, art and performance to […]

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For Citizen Journalists, Digital Tools Give Real-Time Voice

While I was watching President Obama speak last night, I was struck by the thought that his speech was likely being broadcast on UStream, Twittered about, clips posted to Facebook and the like.This morning, I came across a great post from the PopTech blog about the use of social media tools by citizen journalists to […]

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