Social Change

  • Call for pitches, Geez 20: Cybereverything

    The next issue of Geez is on the pros and cons of technology. What are the pros and cons of our computer-saturated culture? We can connect more: is this good for relationships or does it distance us from each other. Here’s a chance for would-be writers to submit their ideas.

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  • Brief thoughts on my post-Christian hope

    Resistance can take the form of lowering the techno-intensity of our lives. For that to matter, the here and now needs and uplift. This world, here and now, becomes the most important of all.

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  • Computology Part 1: Computers lessen me

    Geez editor Aiden Enns has mixed feelings about the use of technology. This is the first entry in his online journal called AmishMash, a mix of neo-luddite and pop-culture pacifist activism.

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  • Experiments

    The fix we’re in

    I fret. How the heck will we turn this this world right if our youth aren’t at the grindstone? Some are dutiful, but most (as with the rest of society) are willing to Wii as Rome burns. But I know my anxiety doesn’t help a whit. It’s my work ethic taking over, as the work ethic does.

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  • News

    Work equals freedom

    Sari Bari is a private limited company in Kolkata, India birthed out of a desire to give holistic freedom to women trapped in prostitution by poverty, cultural dynamics and blatant slavery. The work of the women’s hands at Sari Bari is a beautiful reflection of the work that’s happening in the hearts of each staff member. Women find freedom through literacy, math, nutrition, budgeting, mental health support and sewing. And, they eventually experience a deep transformation of the heart.

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  • 2010 Homes not 2010 Games

    Slagging on the Olympics is a good way to make people think you’re a kook. Nobody likes a party pooper, especially one at a worldwide pageantry that’s bringing 82 nations together in peaceful competition. It’s definitely not in keeping with the nebulous concept of “Olympic Spirit,” which is, let’s face it, only rich in sentiment. Nevertheless, such sentiment serves as a convenient rallying cry for corporations that stand to profit from the rapacious development of Olympic venues and public consumption of events, schwag and advertisements. It’s a feel-good moneymaker.

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  • Review

    Entry-level social change

    Book review for Everyday Justice by Julie Clawson

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  • News

    Breaking the law

    While civil disobedience has played a significant role in many of history’s greatest movements – in India, South Africa, the American South, and countless other places – you don’t hear much about it in North America anymore. But perhaps it is now making a comeback.

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  • Editorial

    Cultural activism

    An insurrectionary imagination is at the heart of cultural activism. It is a sense of possibility that is not limited by copying a pattern or following a design that somebody else created, or by what Augusto Boal (2002) calls the “cop in the head.”

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  • The Soapboxer

    Maybe art

    Given how much vapid art is out there perpetuating the dominant materialistic status quo, what’s the sum total of art’s impact on the world?

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