24 pieces of life advice from Werner Herzog – via Kottke.org

Paul Cronin’s book of conversations with filmmaker Werner Herzog is called Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed. On the back cover of the book, Herzog offers a list of advice for filmmakers that doubles as general purpose life advice. Always take the initiative. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail …

Call for Applications: School for Creative Activism – Campaigns to Support Sex Work Activism in South Africa

We’re pleased to announce a call for applications to a School for Creative Activism training session taking place this March, in South Africa. “In an open society sex workers should have the same rights to safe working environments as all other workers.” (Open Society Foundation) We’re inviting grantees of the Open Society Public Health Program …

Actipedia Revisited: #occupysmallstreet

This week we’re giving a shout out to small-scale activism with the #occupysmallstreet movement. First inspired by a doll-sized action in Siberia, this example has been created by Arts X Activism  from Melbourne, Australia. Signs are made collectively, by regular Occupy Small Street-ers and members of the public (adults and children) who stop by and have …

Letters of Note: Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope.

“Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”   –E.B. White Letters of Note provides a snapshot into the faxes, memos, letters, telegrams, and any other fascinating tidbits of correspondence that Shaun Usher can get his hands on. Originally a blog-based archive, it has grown …

Actipedia revisited: Public Movement – ‘Re-Branding European Muslims’ (2012)

Each week we’ll be calling back to an example of creative activism from our website Actipedia – an open-access, user-generated database of creative activism. This week we’d like to highlight this really powerful piece of arts activism by Public Movement, a Tel Aviv based ‘performative research body’. In 2012 they created Re-Branding European Muslims to investigate conflict …

An African’s Message for America

A volunteer trip abroad has become almost a rite of passage for a certain set of Americans, particularly students. Head over to NYtimes.com for an Op-Doc video profiling a Kenyan activist who has one simple question for them: “Why?”  “Nearly one million people from America volunteer abroad each year. They are mostly young, mostly affluent and overwhelmingly …

A message from EverdayRebellion.net….

A message from EverdayRebellion.net…. Help us change the world through spreading creative non-violent protest methods on our cross-media platform everydayrebellion.net and support our Kickstarter Crowdfunding campaign to keep Everyday Rebellion alive! Click here to see our Kickstarter campaign and help us with a donation: WE NEED YOUR HELP! Over the course of the last 5 …

New York Times Off Color: Kristina Wong uses humor to talk about race

Off Color, a video series, highlights artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today. Dating in Los Angeles is not easy. Just ask Kristina Wong, a Chinese-American performance artist and writer who says she wants reparations for “yellow …

Questions for Planning a Campaign – a worksheet courtesy of the CDC

Doing some research for our book and I came across this worksheet from the Centers for Disease Control. Those who have taken our workshop will be familiar with some of these ideas. This list of questions can help you get started in knowing what decisions you’ll need to be making as you move through the …

Restaurant Calorie Labeling and Obesity: Does it Work?

A 620 calorie Starbucks Venti White Hot Chocolate is over 1/4 your recommended calories for the day1. But would knowing that change what you order? As calories on menus goes nationwide, this New York Times article asks “does it work?” and there are arguments on both sides. “There are very few cases where social scientists …

When NOT to march (or rally)

More than 400,000 people took part in the People’s Climate March last month in New York City. (Survival Media Agency / Robert van Waarden) When NOT to march (or rally) by Andrew Willis Garces On an ordinary Tuesday evening in April 2007, dozens of union janitors gathered outside a downtown office building in Sydney, Australia, …

The Ark: Faith Leaders at Climate Change

CAA had the privilege of working with faith leaders, activists, and community organizers last spring for a collaboration through the Auburn Seminary.  This fall, they turned their dreams into ideas and their ideas into action at NYC’s Climate March on September 21, 2014, building their very own Ark to sail down the streets of New York …

NYPD ♥s CLIMATE JUSTICE

Steve Lambert and Victoria Estok approached NYPD officers along the People’s Climate March, showed them their sign, and asked if they could take a photo together. See them all Often in political marches, the police and those marching are painted in opposition, but one of the purposes of the People’s Climate March was showing that …

The future and why we are terrible at predicting it « You Are Not So Smart

I am listening to the You Are Not So Smart Podcast and reminded of how often Stephen Duncombe and I encounter these faulty visions of the future. Thing like “We’ll never be able to do _______.” or “That’s just not going to happen.” come up in our workshops because we all have such a hard …