Wealth Inequality in America – YouTube

Very encouraging that this video has 6.5 million views. Since our idea is so far from reality, how does this change the way we talk about this issue? How do we approach the topic so the people we’re talking to don’t dig in and defend what they believe to be true? And how does the …

Freedom to Fail, Harvard-Style

Even Harvard Business Review gets it: failure is a necessary part of creation and innovation.  This blog post highlights how a few forward-thinking organizations build failure-friendly practices into their structure.  One of our favorites is from DoSomething.org: DoSomething.Org, a nonprofit that helps young people take action on social change initiatives, has a “FailFest” once a …

Making Taxes Visible

In a recent New York Times editorial, Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton discussed America’s broad distaste for the institution of taxation, a phenomenon that plagues advocates of progressive taxation in this country.  Rather than addressing the historical-political underpinnings of these contemporary attitudes, they approach the issue from a design perspective.  Their conclusion?  Taxes could benefit …

Escrache in Spain

  The term “escrache” comes from Argentina, where it was coined in in 1995 by the human rights activist group H.I.J.O.S, to condemn the genocides committed by members of the military dictatorship that had been pardoned by Carlos Menem, who was prime minister at the time. When justice fails to signal a violation of human rights, the …

Those in Charge

On August 2012, seven black Mercedes drove through the Gran Vía, one of Madrid´s main streets. This image reminded of a State funeral, or some kind of military or religious parade. On top of each of the luxurious cars, there was an academic-style painting of a person that had been in “in charge” of the …

Will changing your Facebook profile picture do anything for marriage equality? | PsySociety, Scientific American Blog Network

As SCOTUS debates the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and DOMA this week, Facebook users all over the nation have become part of a burgeoning social media trend. Supporters of marriage equality have been changing their profile pictures to the icon on the left, a version of the Human Rights Campaign logo designed specifically to indicate …

Howitcouldbedifferent.org: A Wikipedia for Social Change

  Looking for some inspiration for your next creative activist project? Look no further than howitcouldbedifferent.org, which is described as a wikipedia for social change allowing users to post and share visions for a better world and ideas of specific progressive changes they would like to see happen.   It was founded on a simple …

33 Ways to Stay Creative

Check out this list of 33 Ways to Stay Creative for small everyday suggestions on how to keep the creative juices flowing:       What would happen if most people followed its recommendations instead of just clicking “like”? How would our society change if schools posted these and then operated accordingly? –Liz Dwyer via …

From the Congo to Panama, Beat Making Labs Creates Sustainable Music Studios in Unlikely Places

When most folks think of Africa, they automatically think of famine, disease, and war. But for those who understand how media works, knows that the Africa  most people think of is only one side of the vastly diverse continent. It started as an experiment: what happens when you equip a vibrant youth community with the resources to express …

Comics in Kenya

We’ve been in Kenya for the last week, and have been honored to work with talented activists from Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.  This is the first time the School for Creative Activism has traveled to Africa, and it’s been an incredible experience. One of the participants showed us a project he’s worked on for the …

Decaying Russian Buildings Transformed into Character Art

Russian artist Nikita Nomerz art series,   “The Living Wall,” resurrects dilapidated buildings by turning them into pieces of art. In his interview with  Global Street Art, Nikita explains the reasoning behind his series…. I paint in the street, in public spaces, but I do not position myself as an invader of the city or a destroyer. I position …

Hip Hop for Healthy Eating

Real Food Justice: From Black Panther Party Roots to Hip Hop Activism, Foodies with Fists Youth attend a “Youth Hip Hop Green Dinners” where they enjoy performances by hip-hop artists and their first vegan meal!    When his grandmother died from diabetes, Ashel Eldridge, a 32-year-old Oakland-based educator with the Alliance for Climate Education, set out …

Using Art to talk back to Unwanted “Compliments”

  Posters on a wall on Tompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, try to make the point that some comments to women aren’t welcome. “These things make you feel like your body isn’t yours,” the artist says. Shorty. Sweetie. Sweetheart. Baby. Boo. If you’re a woman, you’ve probably heard it. If you were to respond, what would …

Crowdsourcing Change through Public Art

  I Wish This Was began in New Orleans in November 2010. It was inspired by vacant storefronts. There are a lot of them where Candy lives in New Orleans. There are also a lot of people who need and want things. What if we could easily voice what we want, where we want it? How can …

Somalia Guerrilla Artists Dare to Paint Reality

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The guerrilla artists come out in the darkness of the Mogadishu night. Three of them are old hands with a brush, but they’ve never been out on such a crazy mission at a time when sensible people stay indoors. They gather for work in a converted garage, with a wildly paved floor …

Grace and Gravity – Monumental Work by El Anatsui

“In the exhibition are twelve recent monumental wall and floor sculptures, widely considered to represent the apex of Anatsui’s career. The metal wall works, created with bottle caps from a distillery in Nsukka, are pieced together to form colorful, textured hangings that take on radically new shapes with each installation. Anatsui is captivated by his …