In this video, Damon Horowitz shares a personal encounter he had with a prisoner while lecturing in a prison. This is just a 4-minute video - but it will probably get you thinking about right vs wrong!
_"...and couldn't be elected today."
This wonderful article ran in my local paper yesterday, and I'll be honest: I love it. I wish I could send it to everyone in American government. I wish many members of Congress who claim America is a Christian nation would read this and realize our founding fathers were deists and often denied Christianity as we think of it. Maybe then they would either realize they're taking this country down a terrible road our founding fathers never wanted us to go down - or they'll admit they just use the founding fathers as a crutch as often as they do the Bible.
The ultimate irony? These men that politicians idolize so much would (in my eyes) undoubtedly never make it into office.
Think about that. The men that founded our country, would never make it into office today.
What exactly did these men believe, then? Give this a read and find out! It won't disappoint.
Today I'm reposting an old post by Invisible Children, Inc., where they wrote:
"Kevin Starr gets down to business on how not to save the world. As director of the Mulago Foundation, he has committed two decades of his life to find the “best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest places”. In his talk at Poptech, he states how completely obsessed we are with impact but in our quest to save the world, “our good intentions” could do more harm than good. We have to stop trying to find the quick fixes to problems and pay attention to the actual impact of our work and ask ourselves, “Is it needed? Does it work? Will it get to those who need it? Will they use it correctly when they get it?”
Watch the whole video, it’s worth it."
You heard them! I couldn't get the video to embed in this post so please go here to watch it.
Are you tired of today's blackouts across the Internet? Do you miss Wikipedia? Are you sick of seeing petition links on your favorite meme websites?
Then you seem to have missed the point entirely, my friends! Today is the day that we all need to stand up for our freedom to share and our dedication to democracy. Bills as bad as SOPA have no place in our society.
Need to learn more? Give this a go:
_“People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.”
Biology meets marketing in this wonderful TED Talk, which also explains why this all relates to MLK’s place in the Civil Rights Movement as a leader.
Just watch, and learn the difference between leaders and those who lead.
P.S. The link for this video is HERE, since it seems I still cannot get the HTML to work in a way that shrinks the video to size. Or maybe it's just a problem on my screen?)
"The celebrity beauty secret used in virtually every major magazine is now available to you!"
This is only one line in the video I'm sharing today. Fotoshop, a parody of advertisements for women's beauty products, is easily my favorite video on YouTube right now. It may be humorous, but it still highlights issues that bother me when it comes to the image of women in the media.
Watch it - it's worth your time!
_Common good by design does not equal angry politics. Nate Garvis discusses how we live and thrive by public policy outcomes, not angry political inputs; he also talks about how the path to honor our community values will mean designing those values into our daily products and services.
Blog readers may notice that I'm not doing a good job of updating on a regular basis. This is because I just went back to school for my final semester, so I've had a lot of little things to do while moving back to my apartment, starting classes, and learning the ropes of my new internship.
However, as always, I'm following the news and reading as much as I can - including this, something I read a week or so ago.
It's an opinion piece in the Washington Post titled "2012: The year when extremism self-destructs?" The writer discusses the pattern of extremism in U.S. politics (and religion) that's emerged right now. The end of the world (the 'Rapture'). The 'get off of our back' agenda. The personhood amendment movement. Extreme economic inequality. All of this and more are summarized and discussed in this article; near the end there's this paragraph:
Political or religious extremism is overreaching. The fundamental fault line that runs through extremism is rooted in the sin of pride, of hubris, of overreaching and arrogant presumption. This world is far from perfect, and the art of religion, or politics, is to recognize that we must live with all the complexities and contradictions of this fallenness. I often tell students in the senior theology class to be careful when they create a theological system where everything fits. When everything fits neatly into a theological or political system, you’ve broken or distorted something to make it fit. The world is not simple or neat no matter how much we wish it so.
Give this a read, because it really does discuss multiple issues that have been seen in the news as of late - and personally, to me, this final paragraph says a lot, and says things that the members of our government have either forgotten or choose to ignore.
What do you think? Do you agree with this writer?
Welcome to the Eclectic Corner!
One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that you have lots of opportunity to consider and learn about a wide range of topics. Given the eclectic nature of my profession, I hope to use my blog as a platform to write about a multitude of topics related to my interests, from social media to current pop culture topics.
Please be patient when checking for updates - work does take up most of my time, after all!