participatory culture

community building

CREATING A BETTER SOCIETY: The importance of empowering people with disabilities

CREATING A BETTER SOCIETY: The importance of empowering people with disabilities

If you have no disabilities, you may not have given much thought to the financial, psychological and emotional ramifications of...
December 11, 2014 × 0 comments

communication

CALMENT: Participation in a virtual world

CALMENT: Participation in a virtual world

Is there a way to engage in meaningful conversation about public life—politics, culture, economics, arts, whatever—online...
November 22, 2014 × 0 comments

communication

TIME AND THE WRITER: A meditation on the transcendence experienced through writing

TIME AND THE WRITER: A meditation on the transcendence experienced through writing

Is it possible to tinker with the present, the way an author can tinker with the past when writing a story or narrative based...
November 8, 2014 × 0 comments

alternative education

WHATEVER: How capitalism stops us from learning

WHATEVER: How capitalism stops us from learning

The classic dilemma of mainstream liberal educational systems today is “how do you get students to care?” There are libraries...
October 13, 2014 × 0 comments

community building

FEMINISTS DON’T HATE MEN: And it’s harmful to pretend they do

FEMINISTS DON’T HATE MEN: And it’s harmful to pretend they do

This year has been a year of higher than usual visibility for feminism as random and not-so-random celebrities have claimed identification...
October 9, 2014 × 1 comment

participatory culture, video

Tent City

Tent City

“Get a job, you bum.” That’s what less-than-sympathetic people are often heard saying to the long-term homeless....
October 4, 2014 × 0 comments

community building

WATER AND WELFARE: Detroit’s community crisis

WATER AND WELFARE: Detroit’s community crisis

Between March and late July of 2014, the city of Detroit shut off running water, with little to no warning, to about 17,000 city...
September 14, 2014 × 0 comments

participatory culture

SOLIDARITY: Or, all mixed up in other people’s business?

SOLIDARITY: Or, all mixed up in other people’s business?

We’ve all of us been incensed by a news story, cultural trend or incident on the public bus that’s led us to understand that...
August 14, 2014 × 2 comments

community building

REACHING OUT: 5 easy ways to community build

REACHING OUT: 5 easy ways to community build

I get really skeptical about unambivalent nostalgia for the good-old-days because the good-old-days usually involved things like...
August 9, 2014 × 2 comments