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Archive for November 2008

Gingerbread Winslow Cohousing Tour

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Today Cilla and I organized a gingerbread bake with our neighbors in the Winslow Cohousing Group, where we live on Bainbridge Island. Enjoy this little tour.

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November 30, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Social Media 201: Blogging and Social Networking for Social Change

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Here are the slides from a presentation I gave recently on how activists can use social media tools for organizing and advocacy, including case studies on and I gave this talk at the Western Organizers Summit in Seattle Nov. 17, 2008, sponsored by Democracy in Action and the New Organizing Institute.

It leaves a little to be desired without any audio. Plus, this is my first time using SlideShare, and the formatting of the bullets on some slides got a little messed up in the translation from PowerPoint to whatever format they use. If anyone has tips on how to fix that, I’m all ears.

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November 27, 2008 at 3:34 am

The Tactics of Hope – Join the Social Entrepreneur Movement

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Great little video put together by my friend Wilford Welch to promote his recent book “The Tactics of Hope.” This inspiring volume tells the stories of 27 social entrepreneurs who are changing the world — from microfinance (Muhammed Yunus) to green jobs (Van Jones) to life-saving technologies (PlayPumps). Please read this book.

Then check out the accompanying website,, which has a cool tool that helps you figure out what issues you are most passionate about, then matches you to organizations you may want to explore getting involved with, from the incredible database at Wiser Earth.

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November 11, 2008 at 1:39 am

AC/DC Rock N Roll Train – ASCII music video in Excel

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This is seriously incredible. Download the Excel spreadsheet with the full video at

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November 7, 2008 at 1:20 am

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Hope Conquers Fear

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Ever since the polls closed last night, I’ve been trying to put into words what Obama’s victory means, for me, for the country, for the world. Well, Sarah Van Gelder, editor of YES! Magazine, seems to have read my mind. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Sarah van Gelder: What We Won on Election Day

President-elect Barack Obama was right when he said in his election night speech that the victory was not all about him, but his leadership was extraordinary. He ran a campaign of high integrity, focusing on issues that really mattered, showing he could lead the whole country forward–not pandering, but speaking to our higher selves. He brought authenticity, telling his own story and sharing his own hardships and hopes. And he showed wisdom, maturity, compassion, and humanity, assuring voters that he would work for us all.

But this was also a victory for the kind of citizen involvement that makes democracy a living reality.

It was a victory for the movement that has been battling across the country to keep elections fair and prevent the suppression of votes.

It was a victory for the internet, which allowed ordinary people, rather than just the wealthy, to fund and participate fully in a candidacy.

It was a victory for young people, who poured their love into this campaign and inspired so many others.

It was, as Rep. John Lewis said on election night, the triumph of a nonviolent revolution, launched by the Freedom Riders, the marchers in Selma, by Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and so many others.

It was a victory for a new progressive majority made up of people of color, youth, women, well-educated people, working-class people, and the poor, but inviting all to join in.

It was a victory of hope—the centerpiece of the Obama campaign—over fear.

These are extraordinarily challenging times, with climate change passing various tipping points, wars in the Middle East, and an economic meltdown, just to name a few of the crises facing President-Elect Obama and all of us. It will take a combination of leadership from the Obama administration and leadership from all the rest of us if we are to rise to these daunting challenges.

But now we know: Yes, we can.

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November 5, 2008 at 1:51 pm

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Singing my favorite song

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What’s your favorite song? That was the topic this morning on the first hour of Weekday, the AM talk show on KUOW, one of Seattle’s NPR affiliates. It was interesting how many people’s favorites were positive, uplifting tunes. I hope they post a complete song list on the website. Not so surprising, considering it’s election day, was how many songs had a political edge — Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train,” The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” Curtis Mayfield’s “There’s a Change A-Comin’.”

I called in and sang a few bars of my (and our son Mateo’s) current favorite, Michael Franti’s latest single “Say Hey.” You can listen to today’s show here (I start at 00:31:35).

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November 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Posted in Me, music, politics, radio