Pranking the New York Times -- and the point is what, exactly?

By now, you've probably heard that last Wednesday, the morning commuter crowds in Manhattan and a few other US cities were the targets of an elaborate prank. Volunteers distributed 1.2 million copies of a bogus edition of the New York Times dated July 4, 2009 and boasting the banner headline: "Iraq War Ends." An anti-corporate activist group called the Yes Men claimed responsibility for the hoax. ...more

A marvelous statement. I'm glad you pointed it out to me.  Yes, I agree that when the Times ...more

Small Groups Can Change the World: An Interview with Marianne Manilov of The Engage Network

"It's not how many friends you have on Facebook, it's the depth of connection of our community ties that will keep us together and allow us to have political power together." ...more

November 10: Bloggers Raise Awareness About Refugees During Bloggers Unite

Monday, November 10th, in an initiative similar to Blog Action Day, thousands of bloggers will post about refugee issues to raise awareness as part of Bloggers Unite. The Bloggers Unite site has Bloggers Unite for Refugees digital badges you can add to your blog or website, as well as links to information about refugee issues: ...more

Thank you for bringing attention to this.  I participated in both and it felt so good to know ...more

And Now What?

Last night was the culmination of so much for so many in this country. Wow. Right at 8pm Pacific time the presidential election was called for Barack Obama -- who really expected that? I sat at my friend's house, surrounded by like-minded friends and family with tears just coming down my face. Incredible. My mother would have been so very happy with his election. And then she would have listened to him and said to us all -- "now what are we going to do?" Here's what I know. We didn't get into this incredibly debilating financial mess overnight and Barack Obama is not going to be able to lead us out of it overnight. We can not just wait for him to fix it all - we need to be involved in our own lives, in the lives of our communities and in the lives of our nation if we really want to restore the US to the greatness we feel we've lost. First things First ...more

A Health Care Activist is Born

In a quiet way, I set out to be an advocate for MS patients like me, joining a long line of passionate patients and bloggers. I didn't set out to become an activist. That's for the bold and the outgoing. All that changed when the health care crisis came to call on my home. I’m not sure what criteria should be met before you can call yourself an activist. The dictionary defines activist as: “an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause, esp. a political cause.“ Okay, so I'm an activist. ...more

What is Public Health? What is Poverty?

In honor of today's Blog Action Day on poverty, here is a background on poverty and how social marketing can be applied, as I saw broken down by Philip Kotler himself at the World Social Marketing Conference. ...more

Obama Mamas Get Involved: A Call to Action Part 2

Last week I wrote The Time for Change is Now: A Call to Action Part 1 and promised that I would follow up with Part 2 with stories of my family and friends who have inspired me with their volunteer efforts to help Barack Obama win this election. ...more

Change.org Launches Blog Network, And They're Hiring

When Change.org started less than two years ago, its main focus was to be a social network where nonprofits and their supporters could connect and take action. In early October, the network re-launched as a social action blog network. Overseen by Managing Editor, Josh Levy, the network features 12 blogs covering a variety of causes: ...more

What is a blog post from it that has inspired you?
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The Time for Change is Now: A Call to Action Part 1

If not me, who? If not now, when? -- Mikhail Gorbachev ...more

How Can Changebloggers Make a Greater Impact Online and Offline?

October 15th was Blog Action Day, a day for bloggers, podcasters and vloggers to write about and raise awareness about an issue. The theme for this year was poverty. Blog Action Day is a wonderful idea, but it feels too short to make a real impact. I'm interested in exploring how Changebloggers, people who want to use their blogs, podcasts and vlogs to change the world, can make a greater impact through longer online events, and face-to-face meetups. ...more