Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

RID Denies Members Opportunity to Vote on Motion

by • July 6th, 2019

If you have an immediate negative reaction to the idea of unionizing sign language interpreters, then I would like to ask you—politely, please—to pause for a moment and recognize bias. https://vimeo.com/346498324 Most of us have no idea what it could mean to become a Union. In fact, I am still learning. I’m eager to find … Continue reading “RID Denies Members Opportunity to Vote on Motion”

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Podcast Episode 004: Transforming: Design and Engineering Part 3

by • June 29th, 2019

Transcript: Violence serves the interests of people in power. If we can reduce and minimize the kinds of motivations that channel people towards violent activities and violent actions, and if we stop sanctioning violence in our international and domestic relations, things will get better. It’s inevitable. That’s how it works. It’s not impossible or somehow … Continue reading “Podcast Episode 004: Transforming: Design and Engineering Part 3”

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Seeds: The Gardener’s “Hour of Power”

by • May 22nd, 2019

It was the end of the day in the gloaming, afternoon fading into the earliest stage of evening. Steph was reluctant. There was, however, no point in arguing against Soirée-Leone’s enthusiasm:  learning how to garden for food was the whole, entire point! Tromping out to the newly-cleared and fenced-in garden, Soirée-Leone explained the purpose of the hour … Continue reading “Seeds: The Gardener’s “Hour of Power””

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“Do What’s Right for All of Us”

by • April 23rd, 2019

gardening to grow food….understand the food economy where you live, because then you can identify what staples to produce for yourself and strategize whether and how to fill a specific niche for your community.

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Design “A” is a Success

by • April 22nd, 2019

Colorfully dressed black woman jumping in the air, surrounded by trees at a driveway.

I thought I’d have a minute to myself at the gate. Instead this blur of color materialized into a screaming Negro. Let me put quotes around the relevant words: “Negro” (as in her most common label of identity); “screaming” is the adjective chosen by me to describe what was happening. We waited for Triple awhile … Continue reading “Design “A” is a Success”

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Dismantling White Feminism with Layla F. Saad

by • March 10th, 2019

http://laylafsaad.com

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Resilience Certification

by • November 26th, 2018

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We Are Water: Walking the Howsatunnuck for the 7th Generation

by • May 30th, 2018

Grandmother Carole Bubar-Blodgett, explaining aspects of the 220-mile Prayer Walk of the Howsatunnuck River (Housatonic).

Just another crazy old lady, Carole Bubar-Blodgett talks a lot. Her stories are personal, about the lessons, teachings, and experiences she’s had walking the Good Red Road. Emotion runs through her, especially gratitude. Grandmother Carole was at Standing Rock, where she gifted an Eagle Staff to the youth of the Seventh Generation. “It was always […]

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My First Risky Nonviolent Action

by • September 29th, 2017

Stellan Vinthagen holds the Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance at UMass Amherst.

Going to Boston to counterprotest white supremacy following the violence in Charlottesville did not turn out to be dangerous, but there was no way to know this in advance. Walking the Talk or keeping my plans? When I first learned of the antiracist rally in Boston, it did not cross my mind that I should […]

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The Plurilingual Advantage: Making the Business Case for Simultaneous Interpretation

by • September 28th, 2017

If culture is a tree, the health of the trunk is composed by the practices of codeswitching among languages.

Language has become a serious issue for multinational corporations. Research in this sub-field of international management has blossomed in the past decade, generating powerful data pointing to the need for interpreters within the daily operations of international business. However, there is a strong bias toward language standardization. Arguments in favor of ‘one corporate language’ rely […]

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