Alice Walker | Beauty in Truth

Writer and activist Alice Walker will be featured in a documentary, Beauty in Truth directed by British filmmaker and activist Prathiba Parmar. The film opens in London next month and soon after will be coming to the States. It ”offers audiences a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human […]

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Migration Is Beautiful

A new documentary by the Voice of Art follows Favianna Rodriguez, an outspoken artist and activist, and other pro-migrant artists as speak they out against anti-migration across the US. “It also shows shines light on some of the worst migration policies in the country and what the community is doing to fight them back.” Learn […]

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New Good Reads

Here are some great new books relevant to thinking about change and making change in the years ahead. A couple of them you can download gratis, the others are available on Amazon. All of them lend some message of importance to the field of transformative social change and/or activism.    Even My Voice Is Silence […]

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What If Money Was No Object?

  We teach the next generation to do as we do: to do things we don’t like doing in order to go on doing what we don’t like doing. This clip narrated by Alan Watts suggests that it’s “better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long […]

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The Praxis Project | EAT4Health Fellowship Program

Praxis and Community Science have started a new fellowship program for leaders in the food justice community. They aim to strengthen leadership and learning for food policy advocates in order to support people in low-income communities and communities of color. Their first fellowships have already been granted. In an effort to amplify grassroots voice in […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Congressman Tim Ryan’s A Mindful Nation

Tim Ryan’s book, A Mindful Nation, has been called “one of the most optimistic books to come out of Washington, during these trying times.” It covers things like basic steps toward a mindfulness practice, mindfulness practice among school children and the military, as well as how mindfulness could help us reshape the economy, our health, and […]

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Finding Home without a Map, an Interview with Soha Al-Jurf

I had the opportunity to interview Soha Al-Jurf, transform. contributor and writer of the memoir Even My Voice Is Silence, which tells about her journey back to Palestine. It’s a story is about home, memory, history, and finding oneself. Her story reflects the stories of many countries and many peoples, especially in the ways in […]

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Get Inspired with a Webinar on the Roadmap Strategy

Michael Nagler, of the Metta Center for Nonviolence, outlines a strategy for combining all of our current movements, which seek to create change–from Occupy to the Keystone XL–into one unstoppable movement. The leverage point of this movement would be on shifting our perspectives, changing our ideas about how different we are from one another. Through that Nagler […]

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Chase & CVS Threaten Local Businesses

Written & contributed by Shepherd Bliss I’ve operated the small, artisan Kokopelli Farm, which grows mainly berries, for the last 20 years. It is located a couple of miles from small town Sebastopol’s downtown commons in Northern California. Our town has less than 8000 people and is the economic center of what is called the West […]

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A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy One

If you’re a skeptic about the value of doing one thing at a time, consider this most of the we’re doing one thing we’re actually thinking about another. AND, for the most part, while we’re distracted we’re also unhappy. For instance, if you’re a runner, you probably don’t think about running every time you hit […]

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