Organizing or Mobilizing

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There are important differences between organizing and mobilizing. For social change to be effective, each one is needed. Clarifying these two concepts helps us see the innate process people go through in creating change.  I have been struggling lately to get more clarity on the concepts of organizing and mobilizing. These are terms of art […]

The Stories Men Tell

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Last month folks from the Men’s Story Project (MSP) came to CXC to introduce folks to their organization. Begun by Josie Lehrer, MSP gives space for men to tell their stories in the interest of changing social ideas about masculinity. Part of their mission is “to strengthen social norms that support healthy masculinities and gender equality.” […]

The Engage Network | The Power of Being Heard

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“Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world.” — Cuban Proverb Since 2007 the Engage Network has been working to inspire change through working with organizations interested in creating full-scale change. Their foundation for creating change is in simply listening. In this way they help create connections that rely on our very […]

Creating Community | Lessons from Occupy

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Written & contributed by Shepherd Bliss  Occupy Wall Street (OWS) began using public space in New York’s Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, which stimulated hundreds of similar encampments around and beyond the United States. During the past six months, this mass movement has been assaulted by police and by the corporate media. It has also […]

quote | november 2011

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“Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.” Mohandas Gandhi

newDharma Talk | The Value of Effort & Release

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 As social change agents, we try to do too much because there is so much to do, and the need to get things done never seems to stop. But that endless action of doing, doing, doing begins to create imbalance in our lives and unsustainable work, action, etc. quickly follows. This dharma talk will remind […]

september 2011

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Girls, Inc. develops researched-based programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. There is also a focus on math and science education as well as pregnancy and drug abuse prevention. Media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention and sports participation are  also some of the topics that are […]

inSIGHT | BBC Interviews Darcus Howe on the London Riots

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  Click here for video interview:  Darcus Howe | BBC Interview on the London Riots | August 2011  

apes will rise | rebellion for the heart

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Just as London was beginning to be set ablaze by Blackberries, I was bracing myself for the current Hollywood reboot of Planet of the Apes. The 2001 remake starring Mark Wahlberg left me mortally wounded, having claimed itself a “revisioning” of the original story and movie, it managed to not only leave every racist/colorist myth […]

august 2011

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Find out what trainings, workshops, and events are happening in the field of transformative social change.

The Seasons Fund: Funding Inner Change

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Seasons Fund for Social Transformation catalyzes vibrant and effective social change movements by coupling the power of personal transformation with the public work of creating a just and sustainable world. Together, we aim to raise at least $10 million to support those working for social, economic and environmental justice to embrace a range of contemplative practices that can deepen their capacity to lead.

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27 Days of Change: Practice Period are seasonal, urban-based intensive practice periods towards inner change designed for activists, allies & agents of social change and the next one starts March 2nd. Participate locally or virtually. Nationwide. Register today.