Link Loving 30.11.11

November 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

  • Bill McKibben hits the road and travels through America’s heartland. The man just doesn’t stop.
  • Russia’s silent election campaign. Grigorii Golosov.
  • Thoughts on the student movement. Liam McNulty.
  • Looks like we’ll be having political ads on our mobiles. Emily Schultheis.
  • An interview with the psychologist and linguist, Steven Pinker on violence, language and Twitter.
  • Did the suburbs eat my community? John Mulrow.
  • And speaking of suburbs – check out the trailer for this disturbing documentary –


What Happens At The Climate Conference Of Youth?

November 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

This does.

Good to see so many friendly faces old and new – and a special shout out to everyone in Durban from the UK Youth Climate Coalition!

Link Loving 29.11.11

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tomorrow’s Strike

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

A quick message about tomorrow’s strike.

There is widespread support from the public, but the media will be hostile.

It is vital that the national conversation is kept in support of the 99%. You are all influencers – so can mention the strikes in casual conversation tomorrow. Ask someone their opinion, and then whip out one of these stats to argue your support. (I’ve just tried it at a Holloway printing shop with good results!)

If you have energy/time to do more –

  • Print off 5 copies of the pamphlet below put together by my friends Gavin, Juliette and I and distribute tomorrow.
  • Drop by a picket line and say hello. Baked goods are always welcome.

Trade Unions are part of the backbone of our movement. We need to support them, and the working people they represent.

PS. I’ll be at Holborn tube station tomorrow morning at 7.30am with flyers to hand out. If you fancy joining – would be great to see you.

This Is The Real Story

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Classic work from down under – ‘Australian Mining: This Is The Real Story‘. Talk about setting the narrative and using humour.

Link Loving 28.11.11

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Success! Fair Fares Now Win Campaign

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Fantastic news from the Fairer Fares Now campaign – tomorrow, the Chancellor will announce that the Government is scrapping its plans to raise the cap on rail fares.

I was lucky enough to work with the Campaign for Better Transport team this summer on the campaign, and got to work with grassroots activists and groups around the country. Some reflections on why this campaign was successful –

  • distributed power – clear request of what grassroots should achieve, but allowing for local context specific/organisational culture ways of doing things
  • effective coalition – Friends of the Earth, TUC, UKYCC, Transport for All, and a whole host of organisations – good info flow, collaborating, reaching out to own grassroots
  • strategic placement of resources – focusing on mobilising supporters in key seats

Mrs Merton On The Environment

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

A recently discovered comedy classic with climate/enviro-jokes from 1995. Please bring back Mrs Merton.

I Want To Know

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.

If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.”

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Link Loving 27.11.11

November 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

  • Are we now consumers more than we are citizens? What the data shows. Guy Shrubsole.
  • Great little video from GetUp! campaigning for marriage equality.
  • Trade Unions must wage an intellectual war on Tory lies if they are to win the dispute over pensions. √Čoin Clarke.
  • You need to be following Rich Hawkins‘ blog. That is all.
  • What we eat changes our genes. Anne-Marie C. Hodge.
  • 25,000 activists work to stop nuclear waste transport in northern Germany. BBC.
  • How the 362nd wealthiest person in the world avoids paying tax. David Kocieniewski.

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