Archives for October 2012

on voting – giving the gift

“MindfulVOTES logo” mindfulness that matters ©2012 Transformative Change giving the gift: what if mindfulness really matters?   INcite with angel Kyodo williams Not too long ago, I felt like you might be feeling: I’ve worked very hard to view life from a different perspective. Choosing to observe—and let go of—negative thinking and harmful patterns, only […]

Mike Edwards | Tools for Unraveling the Emperor’s New Clothes, Pt II

In Part II of our interview with Mike Edwards, he talks about the importance of civil society reclaiming its wisdom and the great potential that lies in movements like Occupy Wall Street.  XC: In your piece, “Know-How, Know-What,” you mention that knowledge is important as a force for social change. I was hoping you could say more about […]

Change Your Map, Change Your World?

Contributed by Premadasi Amada In the words of Lauryn Hill, “How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?” Social change work can’t succeed when those doing the work are stuck in beliefs and patterns that hold them back. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is one way to break those patterns. Cynthia Silva Parker writes about […]

40 Scholarships for Journalists & Movement Participants to Change the World | Call for Applications

  Contributed by Premadasi Amada “A ten-day intensive training in the nonviolent martial arts of communications, strategy, tactics and in using our abilities to unleash the talents of many to bring forth a new world of authentic democracy and authentic journalism alike.” Wow. Not meant only for journalists, this training is equally for movement participants […]

Mike Edwards | Tools for Unraveling the Emperor’s New Clothes, Pt I

Michael Edwards is a writer and activist based in upstate New York who focuses on the links between personal and social transformation. He has spent 35 years in the non-profit sector in a variety of organizations including Oxfam, the Ford Foundation and Demos, where he is currently a fellow, and he also helped to launch the Seasons […]

How Voting Affects Your Health

Voters on Election Day not only hold the fate of democracy in their hands when they step into the voting booths. Casting a ballot can also have subtle effects on the health and behavior of voters–at times with profound consequences. Voting Causes Stress Campaigns can be physically taxing for candidates, but voters as well can […]

Engagement Organizing

Matt Price and Jon Stahl have put together a paper about the change they see happening in the world of advocacy. On their Web site it reads, “We are in the midst of a historic shift from one era of social change advocacy to another. A world of expert-driven, direct mail oriented organizations is giving […]

The Veil of Opulence

Political decisions are made based on the perspective of the maker, even if that perspective has nothing to do with what that person is capable of achieving in the present. In this post Benjamin Hale asks us to consider how that “veil of opulence” is causing Americans, particularly politicians, to do away with fairness. More […]

october 2012

  New Laws Could Disenfranchise 10 Million Latino Voters The disenfranchisement of voters is a reoccurring theme in modern election history. A report from The Advancement Project warns that the outcome of the 2012 election may be altered significantly due to recent voter ID laws and their affect on the Latino vote.  The Young & […]

YogaVOTES | Voting from the Mat

  At first glance it may seem like yoga and voting have absolutely nothing in common. After all, a body-based spiritual practice and political candidates don’t even show up on the same page in most books. The connection lies in what yoga practice offers folks–discerning choice. Seane Corn, who, with Arianna Huffington, launched The Oasis […]

Fannie Lou Who? Why Voting Rights Still Matter

We all honor the Civil Rights Act and the hundreds of thousands of people who marched, spoke, or gave their lives to see the next generation into something better. So why do we still need to “take back the vote?” Defend the vote? Be concerned about what game they might play on us at the […]

october 2012

Mankind will never see an end of trouble until…lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power… become lovers of wisdom. ~Plato, Greek Philosopher