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Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group: working groups are the key to enabling broad participation in the organization. They are crucial to NSPIRG’s effectiveness in research, education and action for social and environmental justice.

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Complexity map - Brian Castellani - Dec. 5 update

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10 insights on the Ego-2-Eco Economy Revolution

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We live in an age of profound disruption. Global crises, such as finance, food, fuel, water, resource scarcity and poverty challenge just about every aspect of society. Yet, this disruption also brings the possibility of profound personal, societal and global renewal. We need to stop and ask: Why do we collectively create results nobody wants? What keeps us locked into the old ways of operating? And what can we do to transform these root issues that keep us trapped in the patterns of the past?

The book Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economiesponders these questions and proposes a new line of thought that is summarized in the 10 insights here.


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The Urban Farming Guys

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Hydraulic Fracking

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"Hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking', is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside."

 


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Denise Pacheco's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:37 PM

Hydrographic Turing puts people in  safety and health risks. Because the water is contaminated and because of the oil spills, blow outs, and fires. They put chemicals into the ground in order to make cracks in the earth to collect natural oil, but they use people's land in order to collect the oil. People are complaining about these industries because they now have to buy water every month instead of getting it from their sinks or wells. Not to mention some houses have already blew up or caught on favor thanks to hydro fracturing. They need to put a stop to this, at least do it on land that is not being used and far away from people.

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:07 PM

The development of gas is important for energy but there are health and safety risks with cracking in neighborhoods. Quality of air and water is important for survival. Nature matters and people matter, they need to find a middle ground. 

Kuzi's curator insight, October 20, 9:42 AM

The visual example explained the procses

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Bullying: What You Need to Know | StopBullying.gov

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Bill Warters's curator insight, June 20, 2013 11:09 AM

While based on 2009 and earlier data, this offers a great overview of the situation youth are experiencing

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About / Take Action - Canadian Biotechnology Action Network - CBAN

About / Take Action - Canadian Biotechnology Action Network - CBAN | Shifting Minds & Communities | Scoop.it

Mission: To promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government for policy development.

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Social Media Course

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  1. Introduction 2. Will the internet set us free? Myths and realities of the social media revolution 3. The viral effect 4. Some political and communications principles 5. Winning the PR war...

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GNUnion - One Big Meshwork's curator insight, May 15, 2013 8:24 AM

1. Introduction

2. Will the internet set us free? Myths and realities of the social media revolution

3. The viral effect

4. Some political and communications principles

5. Winning the PR war

6. Designing a campaign

7. An overview of the technologies

8. Email

9. Text messaging and phone banking

10. Facebook

11. Twitter

12. Google+

13. Other social networks

14. Building a website

15. Writing for the web

16. Using YouTube and video channels

17. Creating and distributing podcasts

18. Web conferencing and VoIP

19. Advertising

20. Surveillance and security

21. Using Free and Open Source Software

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A Clearer Definition for Smarter Smart Growth

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As cities become more conscious of their environmental and social impact, smart growth has become a ubiquitous umbrella term for a slew of principles to which designers and planners are encouraged to adhere.

 

NewUrbanism.org has distributed 10 points that serve as guides to development that are similar to both AIA’s Local Leaders: Healthier Communities through Design and New York City’s Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design.  Planners all appear to be on the same page in regards to the nature of future development.  But as Brittany Leigh Foster of Renew Lehigh Valley points out, these points tend to be vague; they tell us “what” but they do not tell us “how”.

10 Rules for Smarter Smart Growth by Bill Adams of UrbDeZine San Diego enumerates how to achieve the various design goals and principles that these various guides encourage.


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Occupy Your Workplace

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Towards a New Workers Movement - 

 

Across the world, workers are under attack by the 1%. Wages are at a historic low while unemployment remains stuck near a record high. Governments are attacking the poorest amongst us with brutal austerity plans. Unions are being destroyed, while autonomous workers’ movements meet with severe repression from Oakland, to Montreal, to Athens, and Cairo.

 

The power of the 1% is based on their control of the workplace. We need a new labor movement of the 99% to occupy the workplace and transform the economy, but the working class is divided – between union and non-union, immigrant and native-born, young and old, North and South, private sector and public sector; by national borders, race, language, creed, color, education, and industry.


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Truthdig - The Violence of Neoliberalism and the Attack on Higher Education

Truthdig - The Violence of Neoliberalism and the Attack on Higher Education | Shifting Minds & Communities | Scoop.it

"Rather than enlarge the moral imagination and critical capacities of students, too many universities are now wedded to producing would-be hedge fund managers, depoliticized students, and creating modes of education that promote a “technically trained docility.” Strapped for money and increasingly defined in the language of corporate culture, many universities are now driven principally by vocational, military and economic considerations while increasingly removing academic knowledge production from democratic values and projects. " Interview with Dr. Henry A. Giroux.

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Women's Political Rights

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International Women's Day: political rights around the world mapped

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Rishi Suresh's curator insight, December 5, 2013 9:04 PM

This map is interesting because it shows several rights that were historically denied women except in modern times. Based on the information on the map, most countries only gave women these rights in the 20th century, usually within the last 50 years. This is shocking because it shows just how recently women were granted rights that men have had for millenia. In fact, Saudi Arabia and the UAE still don't grant women the right to vote in the 21st century.  In the last century, we have gone to the moon, we have created weapons that can level countries, and we have planned to go to Mars, but some people still do not have the right to choose their leaders. 

Dandavikranth Reddy's curator insight, December 5, 2013 11:02 PM

This article is about women having their political and personal rights such as freedom from oppression, abuse, and other things. Also, this article is about how people are trying to spread women's political rights throughout the world but it is just too hard. This article is on this page because it relates to how women are struggling to get their freedom while some countries have gotten it easily. This article benefits people who are motivated to help those in dire need or support, people who will continue to stand uo for these women, and people who can start a movement to end this madness once and for all. This article is related to the book Half the sky because most of the developed countries around the world have freedom for their women, but some countries are still fighting the horrors of rape, genital mutilation, prostitution, bridal and honor killings, and many more. 

Miles Gibson's curator insight, November 22, 3:22 PM

Unit 1 nature and perspectives of geography

This map shows the political outlook of Womens' rights across the world where the yellow is where women have the right to vote, grey is where women have the right to stand for election and black is where the first women were elected recently.

 

This map relates to unit 1 because it is an example of a reference map because of the data it shows and is a very precise version of a formal region because of its commonality between regions. It also shows a spread of hierarchical diffusion through wealthier countries

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Climate Change Infographic

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Ignacio Conejo Moreno's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:52 AM

Chungo futuro se nos presenta, si no cambiamos nuestros hábitos!

Emily Ross Cook's curator insight, March 4, 2013 8:44 AM

Humans must change their ways - what are some real life recommendations for changing?

mrjacquot's curator insight, March 6, 2013 8:48 PM

For all the doubters...

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Psych Central - Trusted mental health, depression, bipolar, ADHD and psychology information .

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Dr. John Grohol's home of down-to-earth, reliable and objective mental health symptoms and treatment information. We're here to help.
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The 29 Senses of Normal

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By Eric Maisel, Ph.D. - 'The mental disorder business, where folks sit around a table and turn “symptom pictures” into “mental disorders,” rests on the Orwellian conceit that the average person is gullible enough to believe that there is a clear meaning to the word “normal” and a clear meaning to the word “abnormal.” Anyone willing to give the matter a second’s thought would see that these words have so many usages as to empty them of meaning.'

 

Related:  “I hope I’m becoming more eccentric. More room in the brain.” Musician Tom Waits - From post: Being eccentric and creative http://developingmultipletalents.com/101/


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The Power of Vulnerability


Influential author and speaker Dr Brené Brown tackles the myth that vulnerability is a weakness. Instead, she argues, it is the clearest path to courage and meaningful connection, and has the power to transform the way we engage and educate.


"Our capacity for wholeheartedness can never be greater than our willingness to be brokenhearted." -Dr. Brené Brown


"Empathy fuels connections. Sympathy drives disconnections." -Dr. Brené Brown


Shame: "I am bad" | makes us think that we can't changeGuilt: "I did something bad" | creates cognitive dissonance HumiliationEmbarrassment
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Community Village Sites's curator insight, August 28, 2013 5:11 PM

In Dr. Brown's message I recognize my many failures :/


I could listen to this over and over to:


  • help me a better parent, spouse and citizen
  • help me discover groups who shame other groups
  • help me recognize patterns of shaming that happen between cultures


Shaming is the starting point in the process of oppression


If you convince yourself that you and your culture is superior AND you convince others by shaming them that they and their culture is inferior - you have the ingredients to start the oppression. Once the oppression has started it can self sustain with no further involvement.  


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The World Religions Tree

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Dynamic infographic on world religions (don't be intimidated by the page being in Russian... The graphic is not).


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CT Blake's curator insight, October 13, 9:15 AM

Gives students the idea of how complex the background of modern religions are.

Olivia G Torres's curator insight, November 30, 6:18 PM

This was super awesome!! It's a diagram that lets you zoom into the branches that are religion. Its really cool to see how different religions derived and how some are connected. I think it's really cool to see how many different branches have been made through out the years and just how far back religions went. I really like that you can see the long and sometimes lost roots of the religion.

Abby Laybourn's curator insight, December 10, 1:25 PM

Although this was kind of hard to read it was interesting to see how different religions are related and where they stem from. 

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5 Things Not To Do When Accused Of Racism: A Note To Paula Deen And The Rest of White America

5 Things Not To Do When Accused Of Racism: A Note To Paula Deen And The Rest of White America | Shifting Minds & Communities | Scoop.it

"Okay, I know this subject has been beat to death but I need to go there one more time. Why? Because Paula Deen’s crying, pleading, borderline belligerent I is what I is, and I’m not changing play for forgiveness mirrors the way that too many white people react to accusations of racism. And that reaction is no small thing. It’s one of the obstacles to ending interpersonal racism which, as we know, is the justification for institutional racism and the perpetuation of racial inequality.

 

So, for white people who want to be good allies, here are five things not to do when accused of racism:"


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'The Sharing Project' Wants to Connect | TheTyee.ca

'The Sharing Project' Wants to Connect | TheTyee.ca | Shifting Minds & Communities | Scoop.it

 

Chris Diplock believes his research has the potential to make Vancouver not only greener but less lonely. The Sharing Project, founded by Diplock, is already generating nationwide buzz for its plans to explore exactly how Vancouverites could share both goods and services -- one neighbourhood at a time.

 

"The Sharing Project focuses on finding out what Vancouverites want to share, and how they want to share it, in different regions and neighbourhoods across the city," explains Gala Milne, the project's community engagement manager. "Determining the demand for, say, if Kitsilano wants to share watersports equipment, like kayaks and canoes, or if people in Strathcona want to be sharing tools, or space, or skills."

 

Known by a variety of titles (the Peer-to-Peer Market, The Collaborative Economy, Collaborative Consumption), the Sharing Economy is hardly unique to Vancouver. In fact, it's already exploding on a worldwide scale, having enjoyed a surge of popularity in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis. By expert's estimates, the market is already worth approximately $26 billion, and, in March 2013, a story on the Sharing Economy even graced the front page of The Economist. However, despite these gains, the concept is still a relatively new one. Many companies who serve to facilitate peer-to-peer transactions (Airbnb, Weeelz, RelayRides) currently operate in legal grey areas, and even the parameters of the market itself aren't set -- including anything from communal use of shared items, to borrowing and bartering, to renting goods or space from individuals.

 

For Diplock, the idea to explore opportunities for the Sharing Economy in Vancouver grew from his experiences as founder of The Tool Library, a co-op which, over the past two years, has proved exceedingly popular in its Cedar Cottage neighbourhood, now boasting over 600 members, and renting out approximately 3,000 tools per year.

 

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Discovery Project's curator insight, July 17, 2013 8:00 PM

Can you think of ways the Sharing Economy might help the environment? Here is the Economist cover story the article refers to: http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21572914-collaborative-consumption-technology-makes-it-easier-people-rent-items

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Watch These Straight People Answer A Question Gay People Have Been Asked For Years

Watch These Straight People Answer A Question Gay People Have Been Asked For Years | Shifting Minds & Communities | Scoop.it
If every straight person honestly answered this question, we'd wipe out homophobia tomorrow.

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China's Water Crisis

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For years, China claimed to hold an estimated 50000 rivers within its borders. Now, more than half of them have abruptly vanished.

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Paige Therien's curator insight, April 26, 12:04 AM

China is attributing the disappearance of over 50 percent of their country's rivers to inaccurate sources; more effective technologies today give an accurate picture of China's waterways compared to the former data based off of sources from the  1950's.  While it is probably true to some extent that previous numbers were off, there still needs to be much concern for the state of China's current waterways and why waterways that once existed have disappeared.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 4:48 PM

Cutting corners in safety and cleanliness has caused pollution in the rivers. All the money they saved cutting corners now has to be invested in diverting clean water to northern areas of the country. I hope someday they realize that you cannot do things super cheaply without paying for it in another area.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 9:41 PM

What has happened to these rivers? Are they purposely being depleted from China? How do they expect to supply water for their residents if they are building things over these used-to-be rivers?

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Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC]

Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC] | Shifting Minds & Communities | Scoop.it

Design Trust put together a metrics framework that measured the associated activities of urban agriculture with the known benefits derived from various studies to convince city officials of urban farming's positive impact.


Transforming underutilized land into productive urban farms was one of the many topics which were presented at the recent Kansas City Design Week.  Jerome Chou, past Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, presented his unique experience with the implementation of the Five Boroughs Farm in New York City and the impact that urban agriculture can have on low-income areas of a city.

Chou pointed out that having the land available for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community...


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Marcus Taylor's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:40 AM

Urban Agriculture faces a myriad of challenges to enter the mainstream of urban development in the pursuit of "SmartCities" Worth a browse.

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Yes, Racism is a Public Health Risk - COLORLINES

Yes, Racism is a Public Health Risk - COLORLINES | Shifting Minds & Communities | Scoop.it

"A new study by Kathryn Freeman Anderson in Sociological Inquiry adds evidence to the hypothesis that racism harms health. To study the connection, Anderson analyzed the massive 2004 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which includes data for other 30,000 people. Conceptually, she proposes a simple pathway with two clear steps. First, because of the prevalence of racial discrimination, being a racial minority leads to greater stress. Not surprisingly, Anderson found that 18.2 percent of black participants experienced emotional stress and 9.8 percent experienced physical stress. Comparatively, only 3.5 and 1.6 percent of whites experienced emotional and physical stress, respectively. 

 

Second, this stress leads to poorer mental and physical health. But this is not only because stress breaks the body down. It is also because stress pushes people to cope in unhealthy ways. When we feel stressed, we may want a drink and, if we want a drink, we may also want a cigarette. But discrimination is not just any form of stress. It is a type of stress that disproportionately affects minorities. 

 

Here we see how racism works in a cycle to damage health. People at a social disadvantage are more likely to experience stress from racism. And they are less likely to have the resources to extinguish this stress, because they are at a social disadvantage."


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James Bond Travel Map

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Where in the world has 007 been in his 30 movies? 


If that's a question you've always wanted to know, then this set of maps was made just for you.


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Tony Hall's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:56 PM

James Bond is cool!

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, March 6, 2013 2:41 PM

Mondialisation...

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The Bigotry Factor: O’Reilly and the Manipulation of the Model Minority Myth

The Bigotry Factor: O’Reilly and the Manipulation of the Model Minority Myth | Shifting Minds & Communities | Scoop.it

"...it serves the agenda of conservatives to laud the supposed industriousness of Asian Americans in order to disparage the work ethics of those who, by race or class, suffer from higher rates of poverty. It suggests that our work ethics and not the cumulative impact of historical injustices and public policy are to blame for social and economic inequities."

 

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Community Village Sites's curator insight, January 9, 2013 4:09 AM

Scot Nakagawa nails it again