George Lakoff in 3 minutes

Before anyone on the Left was talking about the importance of understanding the cognitive science of political decision making and action, and the necessity of framing, metaphor, story and association, there was George Lakoff. He’s been telling his story to anyone who will listen for more than a quarter-century. Here he is giving his rap …

‘Be Wrong as Fast as You Can’ – NYTimes.com

I recently saw a Charlie Rose interview with John Lasseter, a founder of Pixar, about the creative process behind his movies. Pixar’s in-house theory is: Be wrong as fast as you can. Mistakes are an inevitable part of the creative process, so get right down to it and start making them. Even great ideas are …

The Power of Failure – NYTimes.com

“The ironic thing,” said Schmitz of Public Allies, “is that you have donors who took major risks in their own fortunes, but are very risk averse when giving to charity. People rightly want their dollars to have the maximum impact, but don’t apply the same logic model that they give to their private sector investment.” …

Laughing at Dictators

From Good.is: The small former-Soviet republic Belarus is considered to be Europe’s last surviving dictatorship. Protestors and the political opposition are jailed. Journalists are harassed. But that doesn’t mean stories from that small, landlocked nation—or the dissidents trying to bring democracy and free speech there—get much airtime in the West. Last week the Swedish advertising …

Rethinking the Protest Sign

Our friends at the Overpass Light Brigade use LED lights for a new take on an old tool in the activist arsenal.  The novelty of the technology involved is enough to garner attention from the media – and Fox News, no less. Our favorite part of their work?  They show you how to do it …

“It Was a Good Day” Ice Cube and Politics

“It Was a Good Day” is rapper Ice Cube’s biggest hit — a solid rap song with a great beat, it’s easy to see why this record was so successful. What makes this song truly great, however, isn’t Ice Cube’s vivid description of his good day, but looming, omnipresent possibility of a much worse day. …

The stories you aren’t reading…

The CAA has been reading a lot about cognitive science lately.  Confirmation bias – the tendency of individuals to filter out those stories and facts that challenge what they already believe – has been on my mind ever since I learned of it during a School for Creative Activism this summer.  The concept is shockingly …

An Archive of Desire

The name sounds vaguely like a catalog of clippings from the back of the Village Voice.  Fortunately it’s not: The Archive of Desire documents evidence of everyday visionary imagination. Ideas for a future thriving sustainable society, from the practical to the impossible, are collected and documented in physical and digital form. These posts are snippets …

Behavioral Science in Campaigns

This story in the New York Times talks about how behavioral science was used in the Obama campaign. Much of these ideas are echoed in the School for Creative Activism. An excerpt: Another technique some volunteers said they used was to inform supporters that others in their neighborhood were planning to vote. Again, recent research …

Richard Wolff on the economic crisis (2009)

Economist, author, Professor emeritus UMass, Amherst, Richard Wolff, speaks about the current economic crises, its’ roots and what we can do about it. The “what to do about it” section touches on where collectivism overlaps with Republican software developers in Silicon Valley (at 1hr 16m) and relates to Gramsci’s “War of Position” we often talk …

Failure Support Group – Saturday 11/3

Failure Support Group Creative, social and activist projects fail. Sometimes miserably. Come share your failure with us in a warm, supportive environment. Saturday, November 3rd, 6PM Boston University’s 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA We provide: Group hugs and bad snacks All are welcome to listen or present. If you want to present your …

L.M. Bogad

Innovation, surprise… when you surprise someone, you’re earning a moment because you’re opening up a space. The surprise can open up a temporal, experiential space where anything can come in.  There’s opening up a political space, opening up a physical space.   Events, protest events, tend to either occupy space or open space.  There are …

ExtraEnvironmentalist Interview with CAA’s Steve Lambert

The ExtraEnvironmentalist podcast recently did an interview with the Center for Artistic Activism’s Steve Lambert. With an educational system that trains artists to develop their talents into commercial skills, our culture is missing out on the ability for art to disrupt normalcy. Why should we hope for systemic reform when the vast majority of water …