Grantee & Partner News
What the Lexicon Project Has Been Up To
August 29, 2013
Grantee News From Lexicon of Sustainability:
THE LEXICON OF SUSTAINABILITY™
is multiplatform project based on a simple premise: people can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.
Filmmaker/photographer Douglas Gayeton and producer Laura Howard-Gayeton have crisscrossed the United States to learn this new language of sustainability from its foremost practitioners. Their unusual “crowd-sourcing” approach allows the public to suggest ideas and even host shows of the work. These methods have helped transform their grassroots project into an international organization with volunteers across the globe.
- See more at: http://www.lexiconofsustainability.com/about/#sthash.PPvHU3Ui.dpuf
BC Sociologist Seeks to Build Academic Basis for “New Economics” Movement
Grantee News From Boston College:
By Sean Smith | Chronicle Editor
From innovative financing mechanisms to worker and consumer cooperatives to renewable energy, the “new economics” movement is gaining strength in the US, according to Professor of Sociology Juliet Schor, who is leading efforts to develop an academic component to new economics.
Schor is the lead organizer for the Summer Institute in New Economics, which debuted last year at Boston College and will have its second session Aug. 12-18 in Wisconsin. She will be among a diverse group of faculty members and graduate students — as well as practitioners and entrepreneurs of new economy projects — that will discuss new economics-related research and educational opportunities.
The new economics movement is grounded in principles of ecological sustainability, democratization of wealth, community empowerment and social and digital connection, says Schor, and is a response to continuing unemployment, worsening distributions of income and wealth, and a lack of action on climate change, among other factors.
“While there is a groundswell of interest in new economics in the private and public sectors, research and teaching has lagged behind, especially in graduate education,” says Schor. “Through this institute, we hope to begin developing an academic infrastructure, and train young scholars to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to their work on new economics.”
In addition to Schor, the BC contingent at this year’s institute will be History Professor Prasannan Parthasarathi, doctoral students Jeremiah Morelock, Will Attwood-Charles and Katy Olson and master’s degree student Elizabeth Brennan, joining attendees from Australia, Canada, Colombia, England and The Netherlands as well as the US. Also on hand will be new economy figures such as Erika Allen from Growing Power, an urban agriculture nonprofit; Steve Dubb from the Democracy Collaborative, which promotes broad-based community development and Diego Angarita from Massachusetts-based Co-op Power, a consumer-owned renewable energy cooperative.
For Morelock, who holds degrees from Goddard College and Antioch New England Graduate School, new economics represents a creative step beyond old paradigms and developing economic arrangements that better reflect social realities and needs.
“People often talk about ‘the economy’ as if it is an intrinsic force that we are largely helpless before, that possibilities for economic systems lie on a continuum between an unfettered competitive market and a centralized, top down, planned economy,” he explained. “In reality, all economic relationships are social relationships first, and economies are much more complex than the issue of competition vs. control.”
Morelock sees the emerging field of new economics as a good fit for his academic interests, which revolve around power and bureaucracy in organizations. ”I expect for these to continue to be some of my main areas of focus as a researcher and teacher. What draws me to new economics most is investigating the social aspects of various economic arrangements that are designed with dedicated attention to equality, democracy, and sustainability.”
The institute is sponsored by the Johnson Foundation — which is hosting the event at its retreat center, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Wind Point, Wisc. — the Garfield Foundation and the Compton Foundation.
Latest Articles From Transformation
August 16, 2013
Grantee News From Transformation:
Curing the poison of “rankism”
The age of endings
“Love 2.0:” a conversation with Barbara Frederickson
Invitation From LeaderSpring
August 9, 2013
News From LeaderSpring:
LeaderSpring invites San Francisco-based veteran and mid-career nonprofit executive directors toapply to our two-year, on-the-job Fellowship. This Fellowship is ideal for experienced leaders of organizations serving low-income communities and communities of color, and who seek to advance their knowledge, skills and capacity towards building effective organizations while gaining a sense of personal renewal. Fellows participate in retreats, monthly day-long gatherings, workshops with seasoned trainers, executive coaching, and a customized study trip to a nationally-respected organization.
Building on our 16-year proven record, LeaderSpring is pleased to provide a program that is highly adaptive to the needs of the cohort, builds lasting relationships among participants, and includes a social justice focus. The LeaderSpring program is the only two-year, place-based fellowship in the San Francisco Bay Area that also leads to a vibrant, cross-sector alumni leader network of executive directors, now with 158 members.
Through this Fellowship, leaders have opportunities to engage in personal and
organizational transformation, including:
- -Enhancing the performance of their organizations, including board governance and personnel management.
- -Sharpening their leadership, management and advocacy skills by focusing on practical, real-time issues.
- -Combining rigorous standards of performance (head) with relationship building, reflection and renewal (heart)
- -Participating in critical dialogue around community building, equity, social justice, power and love.
- -Building bonds with peers, enabling cross-issue partnerships and initiating groundwork for collective impact.
Preliminary phone screenings to determine eligibility will be conducted June through August (applications are distributed after this screening). To schedule a screening, please email Julie Guy, Program Associate email@example.com or call (510) 286-8949. For more information, visit leaderspring.org. Applications are due Friday, August 30, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.
Fellowships are generously subsidized thanks to grants from: American Express Foundation, Comerica Bank, James Irvine Foundation (Community Leadership Project), S. H. Cowell Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, The Whitman Institute, and Y & H Soda Foundation.
The HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE Completed!
July 15, 2013
Grantee News From HighWaterLine:
The HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE was developed to accommodate a wide range of participants including nonprofit organizations, school groups, and individuals. It can easily be a weekend workshop, an entire semester, or annual project of research, production and presentation. The project is considered a reproducible tool for anyone interested to take action addressing climate change.
Although the range of impacts due to climate change are vast and include extreme weather, drought, food shortages and more, the guide specifically focuses on educating and activating communities to reduce C02 emissions, and to advocate for adaptation, mitigation and resiliency. Participants will begin to understand conceptually through active visualization how accelerated global warming will impact the people and the environment in their community.
Activities found in the guide have been broken into STAGES, which can be executed individually or all together, and at the depth that makes sense with the learning goals of an organization or institution. Included in each stage are ACTION STEPS to create your own placed based HighWaterLine. At the end of the guide are RESOURCES and SUPPLEMENTAL ACTIVITIES sections that can be aligned with Common Core Standards.
Transformation – where love meets social justice
July 10, 2013
Grantee News From: openDemocracy:
We are writing to make sure that you know about openDemocracy’s new section which launched last week called Transformation (“where love meets social justice”). Transformationtells the stories of those who are re-imagining their societies by fusing personal with social change.
We launched the section on July 1st with three pieces that introduced our themes and mission to the public: Michael Edwards welcomed everyone to “Transformation as a place to explore the realities and struggles of the radical imagination.” Nikki Seth-Smith countered by probing the ambiguity of love as a force for social change. And Ray Filar came clean on what she told people when they asked her what Transformation is actually about!
On Tuesday we published a provocative piece by Scott Nakagawa on racism in America, followed up by an interview with Tim Ryan, the US Congressman who wants a “quiet revolution,” along with the first of series of video-portraits by Ólöf Söebech about individuals who are experimenting with more sustainable ways of living in European cities. Thursday saw the release of two powerful films by Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez on “transformation as a place of possibility” among queer migrants in America.
On Friday we closed the week with a short story of “Breakfast in Detroit” by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld and Caitlin Endyke, which shows how small changes in relationships can have a much bigger impact on city politics. And a blast from Fox News commentator Sally Kohn, who wants to preserve the transformational potential of the Internet by “slaying the trolls with wit and abandon” in a new spirit of civility.
Please check out Transformation and let us know what you think. And since we are a brand new creation we need all the publicity we can get, so please spread the news among your friends and networks. Many thanks for your help, interest and support.
Mike Edwards and Ray Filar
The Other 98% Sums Up the Last 12 Hours
June 26, 2013
Grantee News from The Other 98%:
For those just waking up now, we’re trying to develop a haiku that helps sum up the news of the last 12 hours – let us see yours. Here’s our attempt:
DOMA is dead, and
The filibuster worked! Now,
Let’s get back the vote.
A Bone to Pick With Genocide? Try a Million
June 12, 2013
Grantee News From One Million Bones:
For 48 hours, the grass on the National Mall disappeared underneath a sea of white and grey “bones,” a symbolic mass grave on the footsteps of the U.S. Capitol. The One Million Bones project is a public art installation created to protest genocide and raise awareness of ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Burma and Somalia.
Installation artist and activist Naomi Natale conceived of the project in 2009 while the violence in Sudan was unfolding. She was reading Philip Gourevitch’s well-known recounting of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, “We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families.”
“I felt moved to make the reality of what was being described [in the book into] something we in the United States could see,” Natale told the PBS NewsHour. One Million Bones embodies what Natale called “the art of the uncomfortable and the inconvenient.”
Partnering with poet Susan McAllister in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., Natale founded Art of Revolution, a nonprofit dedicated to using art for social change, and began organizing One Million Bones locally. From there, they branched out to New Orleans and began coordinating with 2,000 schools around the country, encouraging teachers to incorporate education about genocide and bone-making workshops into their curriculum.
“Art allows for a connection on an emotional level,” says Natale. More >
Listen: Climate Change & Divestment on This American Life
June 11, 2013
Grantee News From 350.org:
Host Ira Glass tells the story of writer turned activist Bill McKibben. McKibben is trying to reinvent progressive politics when it come to climate change. He’s attempting to create a divestment campaign modeled after the successful campaign against apartheid in South Africa. The campaign is designed recast the discussion of climate change with fossil fuel companies as the villains. (18 minutes)
Update from Louisiana Bucket Brigade, NPR news story
Grantee News From Louisiana Bucket Brigade:
There was recently a national NPR story that resulted from over a year of work by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the local community members to expose a major benzene release at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge: