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Announcing the 2012 CSSC Annual Award Winner | Communication for Sustainable Social Change

Announcing the 2012 CSSC Annual Award Winner | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it

Thomas Röhlinger of
Radijojo, the World Children’s Radio Network
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EU snubs Green Climate Fund, France pledges to contribute

EU snubs Green Climate Fund, France pledges to contribute | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The Green Climate Fund will be launched later this year, but India, China and, perhaps more surprisingly, the European Commission, will not contribute to its capitalisation. France promised to contribute, and called on its partners to do the same.
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The tide is turning against the scam that is privatisation

The tide is turning against the scam that is privatisation | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Seumas Milne: The international revival of public ownership is anathema to our City-led elite. But it's vital to genuine economic recovery
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Reducing child deaths: the millennium development goal that is slipping away

Reducing child deaths: the millennium development goal that is slipping away | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
UN urges final push on global targets that have shown little improvement, notably those related to women and children
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Ten Documentaries on Champions of Social Justice | BillMoyers.com

Ten Documentaries on Champions of Social Justice | BillMoyers.com | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Social activism has always been a popular subject for documentarians because it presents stories of both cause and characters. The 10 powerful films below
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Big News in Support of the Millennium Development Goals

Big News in Support of the Millennium Development Goals | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Right now, a number of partners around the world are stepping action to build MDG momentum because progress on the MDGs means progress for millions of lives. Here’s a recap.
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The Great Promise of Social Co-operatives | David Bollier

The Great Promise of Social Co-operatives | David Bollier | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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Guess which country does the most good for the planet?

Guess which country does the most good for the planet? | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The Good Country Index measures how much each of 125 countries contributes to the planet. Announced today, the Index features some unexpected winners — and even more surprising losers. (Sorry, USA....
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TEDx Talk: Creating Collaborative Social Change - ONEWorld Summit NYC

TEDx Talk: Creating Collaborative Social Change - ONEWorld Summit NYC | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Alex Jeffries of ONEWorld Summit discusses how we can use the power of our social networks and individual passions to cultivate sustainable social change.
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A Very Short History Of The Internet Of Things - Forbes

A Very Short History Of The Internet Of Things - Forbes | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
A Very Short History Of The Internet Of Things Forbes There have been visions of smart, communicating objects even before the global computer network was launched forty-five years ago.
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UN development goals must include climate change - Responding to Climate Change

UN development goals must include climate change - Responding to Climate Change | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Responding to Climate Change UN development goals must include climate change Responding to Climate Change The sustainable development goals will build on the eight Millennium Development Goals, most of which have a target year of 2015.
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Open Knowledge Society - Resilience.org

Open Knowledge Society - Resilience.org | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Can our societies distribute knowledge to enable healthy forms of production and consumption as a template for a decentralized and equitable post-growth economy? On Extraenvironmentalist #78 we discuss the FLOK ...
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There Are 64 Tiananmen Terms Censored on China's Internet Today - The Atlantic

There Are 64 Tiananmen Terms Censored on China's Internet Today - The Atlantic | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The Atlantic There Are 64 Tiananmen Terms Censored on China's Internet Today The Atlantic Today—the day known to much of the rest of the world as the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests—is known, in China, as "Internet maintenance...
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Localising the post-2015 development agenda | Localising the post-2015 development agenda | World We Want 2015

As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, there are a growing... http://t.co/RCmNeAqTuw
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Sustainable development goals .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

Sustainable development goals .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform - dedicated to improving the well being of present and future generations through the promotion of sustainable development.
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Revolution, History and Dominating Social Systems: Notes on a foundational approach to systemic change (Lecture notes, 2013-2014) - Heathwood Press

Revolution, History and Dominating Social Systems: Notes on a foundational approach to systemic change (Lecture notes, 2013-2014) - Heathwood Press | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
By R.C. Smith (Read the PDF version here) Author’s note: Due to the amount of interest that I’ve received over recent time regarding my series of papers ‘Introducing an alternative philosophy of systemic change’ and ‘On the Basic Income Law, Economic Democracy, Participatory Economics, and the Importance of the Commons in the 21st Century: Further thoughts on an alternative philosophy of social change‘, I’ve decided to publish my lecture notes entitled ‘Revolution, History and Dominating Social Systems: Notes on a foundational approach to systemic change’. While the following discussion summarises certain points made in previous papers and studies that extend well beyond the mentioned series on a philosophy of systemic change, the reader may find these notes of particular interest as they expand on and contextualise several key themes in that series. Please also note that the following was originally intended as personal lecture notes, which I’ve edited to make more accessible to the reader – More substantive discussion can be found in previous or forthcoming articles/studies/papers. I) One of the fundamental challenges of the 21st Century In the introduction to this lecture I wrote that: one of the greatest, most fundamentally challenging questions facing us in the 21st Century not only has to do with how we might transcend capitalism and formulate a more just, systemic alternative. There’s a deeper, more pressing issue facing us and it has to do with a fundamental understanding of the history of social systems of domination. Despite the deep flaws of Ayn Rand’s (capitalist) philosophy, I argued in a recent paper (in light of comments made by Slavoj Zizek) that she was right about at least one thing: free market capitalism, with its concept of ‘universal exchange’, historically takes the place of direct domination. For Rand, money is the strongest instrument for freedom because as a form of exchange, money mediates in principle between two separate individual parties, wherein both sides of the exchange ‘freely’ reach an agreeable trade that suits them both. While Zizek is right to suggest that we can refute Rand’s conclusion that our only option is the rule of money or direct domination – that without money direct domination will need to be restored and freedom will be eroded – the problem we face is nevertheless clear: If capitalism as a system of in-direct domination (i.e., Marx’s analysis of the abstract nature of domination evidenced by the type of social relations that the system of capital produces) emerged in history as an alternative to systems of direct domination – the fundamental question we face becomes, then, how might we formulate, in the present, a truly progressive and emancipatory (systemic) alternative without reproducing direct or in-direct systems of domination? In order to approach the challenge of how we might transcend capitalism, how we might even potentially transcend markets or even money, without reproducing systems of domination, I argue that we need to understand not only the importance of a critique of the system of capital but also a foundational, interdisciplinary and holistic perspective that goes beyond capitalism itself. What I mean by this last statement – as I’ve argued elsewhere – is that we must understand the basic elements that appear common across many societies and their determinate forms as transhistorical to some capacity.  Money, commodity, the state, markets, are of course included in this discussion, but I also claim that we must focus on the deeper foundational underpinnings of the genesis of pre-capitalist and capitalist societies that focus on the mechanisms that are driven toward or foster the specific dynamics of hierarchical, dominant, authoritarian, coercive and exploitative society writ large. When addressing the challenge we face in the 21st Century, this approach is important, I claim, because in order to understand what an alternative horizon might look like we must take into account a more or less foundational critique of society across different historical eras – even those societies that are on the fringes of the historic unfolding of capitalism’s institutional structures (i.e., indigenous societies, etc.) but reproduce similar systemic problems. In addition, this transhistorical character that I refer to is not necessarily meant to refer to a sameness in pre-capitalist and capitalist societies. In other words, there is something unique about capitalist societies in history when it comes to commodity, money and markets. But what I am more so interested in – at least in terms of the notion of the transhistorical aspect – has to do with what drives or underpins the shift from systems of direction domination to systems of in-direct domination (the latter being capitalist societies). For me there is something transhistorical beneath the surface (which I discuss extensively by considering mostly the psychological/emotional, existential, relational/anthropological, epistemological (and so on) aspects of human experience), which propels or indeed fosters the genesis of dominating social conditions and underpins the historical birth of the system of capital, which I consider to be one of Horkheimer and Adorno’s main theses in Dialectic of Enlightenment (i.e., ‘domination of the natural environment leads to limitation of the human horizon to self-preservation & power’.). I also take this to be a basic argument in Adorno’s critique of culture, particularly with regards to his analysis of domination and interhuman violence in his critique of culture, as well as in his analysis of the problematic status of the subject as enmeshed or caught up in the “dialectic of enlightenment”. It’s not to dispute the uniqueness of capitalist society – I almost see it as affirming the uniqueness of the system of capital precisely insofar as also recognising a continuity in that which underpins the shift from pre-capitalist to capitalist societies. (In previous works, this is what I mean by continuity in the midst of discontinuity). Moreover, as critical as I am of Slavoj Zizek’s overall project, he is right when he reflects: “one can criticize money as an alienated form,” but the more pressing question is “how can we actually organize complex social interaction outside money without direct domination?” As noted in a …
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The Unity of Water

The Unity of Water | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
In May, Vietnam became the 35th and decisive signatory of the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses. As a result, 90 days later, on Augus
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19 Young Activists Changing America | BillMoyers.com

19 Young Activists Changing America | BillMoyers.com | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Meet the up-and-coming activists who are leading the grass-roots movements for economic, social and environmental justice.
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The lost promise of the Internet: Meet the man who almost invented cyberspace

The lost promise of the Internet: Meet the man who almost invented cyberspace | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
In 1934, a little-known Belgian thinker published plans for a global network that could have changed everything
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This guy just summed up America's climate inaction beautifully in 15 lines

This guy just summed up America's climate inaction beautifully in 15 lines | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Thank you, ThatDudeOnABike!
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What Climate Change Looks Like on Your Front Porch

What Climate Change Looks Like on Your Front Porch | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
A new study tries to explain exactly how bad the changing climate will hurt specific regions.
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Post-2015 Development Agenda – Will the Voices of the Hungry be Heard? | Inter Press Service

Post-2015 Development Agenda – Will the Voices of the Hungry be Heard? | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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20 23rd Dignity Conference: Communication/Media for Sustainable Change/Development, Jan Servaes

The 23rd Annual Conference of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network, titled 'Returning Dignity', took place at Chiang Mai University in Northern ...
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The World Cup of Human Development 2014 | whydev.org

The World Cup of Human Development 2014 | whydev.org | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The World Cup of Human Development 2014 | Committed to getting aid and development right.
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The Millennium Development Report 2013 | UNDP

The Millennium Development Report 2013 | UNDP | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
With the deadline for the MDGs on the horizon, progress can be reported in most areas, the report says.
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European Commission targets global poverty - PRAGUE POST | The ...

European Commission targets global poverty - PRAGUE POST | The ... | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Following a UN summit in 2000, eight Millennium Development Goals were agreed to be achieved by 2015, they reviewed how to fight poverty eradication, gender equality, child mortality, HIV, environmental sustainability and ...
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