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On the road with Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson is on the fourth leg of her long (indefinitely?) author tour. After leaving Boston early yesterday she took the train to New York, where she met up with the producers of PBS NOW to film an interview, which will air on December 9. According to Diane, the interview went real well but Penn Station could use some help. Diane missed her train to Bard College, where she was to give a talk to the Human Rights Project last night. She made the event by the skin of her nose. I met up with Diane in Rhinecliff, NY, and brought her to the Bard campus, where we joined Bridget Hanna of the Human Rights Project. Bridget introduced Diane to a crowd of about thirty students, professors, and community members. Evidently Bard is the only school in North America to offer an udergraduate degree in human rights, which accounts for some of the enthusiasm the crowd had for Diane’s activism and her involvement in Bhopal. By the end of her talk Diane had resolved to hunt down Warren Anderson, and students offered to help. One professor in the department claimed that Diane was the best speaker they’d hosted that semester–which says a lot, considering that Dahr Jamail had been to the school the week before. Students were especially interested in Diane’s advice on practicing instant activism. She warned them against sleeping on rash ideas. This theme resurfaced at dinner, where a group of eight Bard community members joined us at Santa Fe Tivolis, a mexican restaurant that Diane called “my kind of place.” This morning we’ll be helping Bridget hang the Bhopal Photo Exhibit, which just arrived on campus.

Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can lead […] Read More..

Let’s Make Bernie Sanders a Bestseller!

As the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders continues to climb in the polls, crushing online fundraising records and frustrating party insiders and pundits along the way, we’re looking to put Bernie’s message on bestseller lists everywhere in time for the national debates this fall!With the second Democratic debate to be held on November 14th in Des Moines, it’s […] Read More..

Bern Baby Bern!

Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..
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