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How do people get new ideas?

On Creativity by Isaac Asimov A recently discovered essay by the great SF writer written back in 1959, giving advice to a think tank working on missile defense projects: “How do people get new ideas?” ON CREATIVITY How do people get new ideas? Presumably, the process of creativity, whatever it is, is essentially the same in […]

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SCA Participant: Artivism and the “Aha” Moment

Think back to the exact moment when you decided to become an activist.   Go ahead. We’ll wait. Was it…   Because someone sent you a petition? Or because a friend forwarded you an advocacy alert? Or, I know: was it because you read a really great white paper?   Chances are, none of these inspired you […]

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Call for Applications School for Creative Activism: Advocacy Campaigns to Challenge High Medicines Prices

We’re pleased to announce a call for applications to a School for Creative Activism training session taking place this December, in Spain. “Despite advances in medical science, affordable safe and effective medicines remain inaccessible to billions of people worldwide.” (Open Society Foundation) We’re inviting grantees of the Open Society Public Health Program and their allies working […]

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When NOT to march (or rally)

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, to celebrate a victory: After a long fight, another cleaning contractor had agreed to sign up with the janitors’ union. Singing “Don’t Stop the […]

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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 with 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 […]

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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 […]

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Open Engagement 2015: Call for Submissions

A Blade of Grass is pleased to announce      Open Engagement 2015 From April 17–19, 2015, Open Engagement will coalesce in Pittsburgh. Established in 2007 by artist Jen Delos Reyes, Open Engagement is an international conference and platform that explores various perspectives on art and social practice and aims to expand the dialogue around socially engaged art making. […]

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Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

Our good friends and supporters at Blade of Grass are calling for applications for fellowships. Here’s the skinny: Online application form opens: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Application Deadline: Monday, November 24, 2014 The ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art is an active, year-long funding relationship for socially engaged artists and artist collectives working nationwide. Eight fellows will be selected […]

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Sporatorium—THIS SUNDAY

Makers and re-makers, thinkers and rethinkers, composers and decomposers: It’s time to wrestle with climate change. This September, world leaders are coming to NYC for an unprecedented one-day summit on climate change at the UN. We know this is a crucial moment. Across the city, country and world, people are making plans to gather in […]

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