Here is a video that will truly force anyone who’s ever called for “sustainable development,” particularly those of us who belong to the Church of Aid, to take a long, hard look at ourselves, and make us examine whether we’re doing what we’re doing right.
There You Go! is a short animated film created by Oren Ginzburg and narrated by the British comedian David Mitchell for Survival International – a global organization that “champions tribal peoples around the world” and help them “defend their lives, protect their lands, and determine their own futures.”
It depicts two men with questionable intentions setting out into a jungle to bring “sustainable development” to a tribal community. When they discover that these people are within themselves already sustainable, they resort to bringing them “just development” instead.
The narrative, then, begins to sound like the many annual reports you would hear being delivered across board rooms of INGO headquarters all over the world – a discussion on the “challenges” of implementing things like “participatory community project building,” “income generating activities,” and “empowerment.”
It ends in that typical ‘lessons learned’ style, where the development workers tout their supposedly successful “multi-stakeholder cross-disciplinary approach” and “innovative private sector partnerships,” despite having left the tribal community in complete and utter shamble.
The video reveals the sinister agenda of some development work, particularly those which are targeted at tribal communities that are often seen as ‘backward’ or ‘uncivilized’ - some call it the “development bloat.” (Click the article to read more)
What can possibly be seen as a heroic move by AXE and Coca-Cola considering the xenophobic social media backlash that followed the airing of both commercials about peace and love, selling peace, might have actually worked.
Students in Design Rebels, my socially conscious graphic design course at Virginia Commonwealth University, are required to create a real world project that reaches beyond the school as their final project. This year the students decided as a group to work on the issue of raising awareness about the local LGBTQ community. They chose to create a set of coffee sleeves as way to reach out to the general public in a more subtle way.
Each sleeve features the face of a local queer-identified person and a quote about their experiences dealing with a world that is not always very understanding of their sexuality. The sleeves also include an alternate version of the check boxes usually found on commercial coffee cups, but rather than types of coffee they list “Straight”, “Gay”, “Lesbian”, “Bisexual, “Trans”, and “Human” as the options. The “Human” box was pre-checked by the students to emphasize their goal of creating a greater respect for the humanity of their subjects as well as the LGBTQ community as a whole.
The students were given only 10 weeks to conceptualize, design, produce, and distribute their project and a $100 budget was provided by the Graphic Design department at VCU. Since the students wanted to reach a larger audience they solicited donations for additional cups using the local non-profit The James House as their fiscal sponsor. They ended up with enough money to print 2,000 sleeves, which were distributed at four local businesses and one event. They were also able to garner the attention of local and international press, creating a good deal of discussion around the initiative.
Two of the students have already expressed an interest in continuing the project beyond the end of the semester.
More about the project can be found on the students’ website HERE.
Most results from publicly funded research are published in journals that cost a fortune to access. This has many negative impacts. Open Access is the method to be used to change this system. Basically, Open Access is the idea that all publicly funded research should be freely available to everyone on the internet.
That’s what this new campaign from the Norwegian SAIH is about. It’s a demand for Open Access, free access to research.
SAIH compare research with blogging: Bloggers are read by thousands every day, unlike researcher’s articles which are read by far fewer.
- The Ministry of Education should ensure increased funding for Open Access Publishing in Norway.
- Norwegian authorities must support researchers in developing countries ability to publish in Open Access to.
On a recent trip to Chicago, Illinois I ran into this eye catching ad on the side of a public trashcan.
The End Demand Illinois campaign’s self-described aim is “shifting law enforcement’s attention to sex traffickers and people who buy sex, while proposing a network of support for survivors of the sex trade.”
Nice idea from a group of five Chicago-based friends, artists, and activists — Leora Abelson, Liz Cook, Lee Jacobs Riggs, Erin Moore, and Jeannette Perkal. Their name is L is for Liberation Collective.
The project started in the summer of 2011.
From their website:
A conversation one evening about the lack of rad baby gifts out there inspired us to create our own. We chose 26 social justice concepts that represent diverse identities and movements, and then reached out to artists across the country to illustrate the letters. We plan to honor the values represented on the poster by printing it througha local shop that prioritizes eco-friendly methods and fair labor practices.
They are running an Indiegogo campaign until July 15 to fund the project. The poster is available this Autumn.
Intercontinental Hotels (the largest hotel chain in the world) is planning to open a ‘Resort Paradise’ in the city of Lhasa, capital of occupied Tibet, next year. The presence of a multinational corporation gifts priceless PR to a Chinese regime which is currently arbitrarily detaining hundreds of Tibetans for alleged involvement in protests.
The repression in Tibet by China is notorious. China’s reaction to protest has been to use brutal (sometimes lethal) force, collective punishment against communities, torture, communications clampdowns and more. Foreign journalists are not allowed into Tibet to document this; Reporters Without Borders have said that Tibet is even more locked down than North Korea.
The second was to go looking online for galleries of art dedicated to the events, since there’s no central organizing group, my search centered around the hashtags used to promote the protests: #DirenGeziParki#OccupyGezi. So far I haven’t encountered anything other than some collections of street art, so I decided to start one here.
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