Tag Archives: SocialChange

Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life

Michael Sandel’s TED talk “Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life” raises some important questions about the limits of markets as a way of addressing social issues. One of his central arguments is that, when considering non-material goods, … Continue reading

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Encouraging cycling

This is an inspiring video about a Groningen in the Netherlands, where 50% of trips (60% in the inner city) are done by bicycle, and the average person makes 10 bike trips a week. While there are features of Groningen … Continue reading

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Do you want fries with that?

According to McDonald’s, they are “proud to play an active role in neighbourhoods all over Australia”. But what happens when they aren’t wanted in a community? If Tecoma (40 km east of Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges) is any indication, … Continue reading

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The Transition Streets Challenge: Potential and challenges

The Transition Movement is a global movement consisting of Transition Towns and Transition Initiatives exploring local strategies for building low-carbon, resilient communities able to mitigate the effects of climate change and peak oil. Since Transition Town Totnes was launched in … Continue reading

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Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism

As always, Peter Singer is challenging and thought-provoking.

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A victim mentality!

According to Cynthia (not her real name) I have a victim mentality. From a community member, it sings loudly that you & your others have very much a VICTIM mentality. And that you & others will go out of your … Continue reading

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LGBT rights

This is a very powerful image – thanks to The Other 98% (Facebook and webpage) for creating a great message about the human cost of seeing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as the OTHER.

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The Power of Outrospection

Outrospection is discovering who we are by stepping outside ourselves and exploring the lives of other people and cultures. This video is an animation of a talk by Roman Krznaric, who introduces the concept and discusses some applications. I am … Continue reading

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100 world changing films

I recently came across a list of 100 documentaries inspiring the shift to a sustainable paradigm. It was put together by Films for Action. Of course any list like this will be controversial, but there are some great films on … Continue reading

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The benefits of marriage – gays need not apply?

I was recently waiting somewhere and started flicking through “The Good News: A magazine of understanding.” Instead of promoting understanding, one of the articles (Does Marriage Really Matter?) extolled the virtues of marriage but sought to exclude some people (who … Continue reading

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