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Formula for Success

The formula is quite simple: if attained aeffect matches desired aeffect, then we’ve succeeded. If it doesn’t we’ve failed. If attained aeffect comprises a fraction of desired aeffect, then we are on the right path. Expressed as a mathematical formula (that we just made up) it might look like this:           […]

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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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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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Gerry Hassan: Time for some fun with our politics — The Scotsman

Article in the Sunday Scotsman about the School for Creative Activism working overseas with Changin’ Scotland.  22 November 2013 Radicals, leave dogma at the door – embrace a sense of playfulness and dare to dream of a better Scotland, writes Gerry Hassan To many of the tribes and partisans who inhabit our public life, all that […]

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School for Creative Activism, a project of the Center for Artistic Activism — Social Text

Overview The first rule of guerrilla warfare is to know the terrain and use it to your advantage. No longer does this require navigating the mountains of Cuba with a rifle on one’s back, as today’s political topography is one of symbols and signs, images and expressions. From small community organizations to international NGOs, the School […]

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George Lakoff in 3 minutes

Before anyone on the Left was talking about the importance of understanding the cognitive science of political decision making and action, and the necessity of framing, metaphor, story and association, there was George Lakoff. He’s been telling his story to anyone who will listen for more than a quarter-century. Here he is giving his rap […]

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My Political Faith

The following is a short piece I wrote for an on-line journal called freq.uenci.es who asked me to write about spirituality. At first I said no; I don’t think of myself as a spiritual person. But then I started thinking about some of the training work that Lambert and I do in the School for […]

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