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Do Social Networks Like MySpace and Facebook Reveal Class Divisions?

“What we’re seeing is a modern incarnation of white flight…It should scare the hell out of us.” -danah boyd-danah boyd, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, has spent the past four years studying, observing and analyzing how US teens use social networks. What she’s found is that high-school students began showing […]

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The Place of Women on the Nation’s Highest Court: An Interview with Ruth Bader Ginsberg

“It’s almost like being back in law school in 1956, when there were 9 of us in a class of over 500, so that meant most sections had just 2 women, and you felt that every eye was on you. Every time you went to answer a question, you were answering for your entire sex. […]

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Amnesty International Urges China to Conduct a Fair and Impartial Investigation in Urumqi

“There has been a tragic loss of life and it is essential that an urgent independent investigation takes place to bring all those responsible for the deaths to justice…Violence and abuses from either the authorities or protestors is in no way justified.”-Roseann Rife, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director Asia-Pacific-Amnesty International today called on the authorities in […]

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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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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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Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security

A colleague recently sent me a publication from the Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security, which “is the nation’s leading policy program that uses a business-driven approach to create smart solutions that help Americans save, invest and own.”One of the Institute’s publications that seemed worth a read: Why Not a “Super Simple” Saving Plan for […]

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Michael Moore: ‘We the People’ to ‘King of the World’: You’re Fired!

As expected, Roger & Me‘s Michael Moore has a thing or two to say about Obama’s firing of GM’s head honcho, including this gut reaction: “Did Obama really fire the chairman of General Motors? The wealthiest and most powerful corporation of the 20th century? Can he do that? Really? Well, damn! What else can he […]

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