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Added by Corinna Lotz on August 30, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments
The claim by Kerry, Obama and Cameron that they will "save" Syrians from chemical weapons by military attack is eerily reminiscent of the fake reasons for attacking Iraq.
Bombing Syria would be a desperate action by desperate governments which can easily spiral into an even greater conflagration.
The time to stop that is now. Read on: …Continue
Some changes in community are just sticky. I don’t mean they are physically gooey and tacky leaving a residue on the hands that takes days to remove. Rather some changes find that sweet spot where they are genuinely at people’s service, recognising their frustrations and deliver solutions to their real problems. When community solutions are sticky*, they motivate people to adopt them and sustain them in the long term. And community organisers can help leaders to design change in ways…Continue
Added by Mark Parker on August 26, 2013 at 11:21 — No Comments
Below is the text of the Eastern Region WEA Centenary Lecture, delivered by former WEA Chair of Trustees, Richard Taylor, Emeritus Professorial Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge University.
Following on from Joe's very kind mention of my book, The Armchair Activist's Handbook, I thought I'd post a link to a blog I wrote for the New Internationalist this week.
The book was a bit of a journey for me - I went from being someone frustrated with the state of things to finding ways that I could make a bit of a difference (which fit with my busy life rather than taking it over - which is what I'd always been afraid of). So the blog is about finding that comfortable…Continue
Would you change the world, if only you knew how?
Do you dream of doing more than signing online petitions but don’t want to camp out on a pavement to prove a point?
Are you frustrated because you’re not making a difference but don’t want to turn your life upside down in the name of action?
Then this is the book for you.…Continue
Over recent weeks, I’ve been delving into thinking about how change happens in communities. The role of community organiser is all about stimulating change, even revolution and understanding the factors that support and sustain change seem to me as important as tackling those factors that prevent social change. This week, I want to explore the importance of conversations and their key role in opening up groups and communities to change.…Continue
Job anyone? Yes? Good! Wait by the door with your cap in you hand and we’ll call you when we need you. If we call you we’ll pay you. Maybe. A bit. Not much though, times are hard. We’re all in it together.
Better than being on benefits, isn’t it. This way we’re not obliged to give you a cent, a penny, a dime. And we don’t have to worry about all that expensive red tape, bureaucracy. Things like sick pay, holiday pay.
Buckingham Palace, the National Trust, and the Tate Galleries…Continue
At a time when most people are struggling to pay their bills, when wages have been driven down by zero hours and other slave-like “contracts”, when the ConDems are fighting for votes against the nationalist Ukip, it comes as little surprise that the Home Office has unleashed its dogs.
They may not be wearing brown shirts, but the UK Border Agency officials might as well be. Setting up checkpoints at key locations around London, Durham, Manchester,…Continue
Added by Corinna Lotz on August 2, 2013 at 14:48 — No Comments