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chapter two Laying the Groundwork for Collective Visioning

Stout, Linda Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.


Designing a collective process that works for everyone involved is a critical first step in creating a successful collective vision for change. To prepare people to work together, you need to understand how to do the pre-work to build trust and bring together a diverse group; how to create an inclusive, welcoming space; and how to facilitate. These tasks take time and energy, but don’t skimp here. The time and effort you put into laying the groundwork makes extraordinary results possible.

First, you need to know whom you want to be a part of this effort. If you already have a diverse group or organization, you won’t need to do this step, but if you are starting from the beginning, you need to know how to build your group. If the visioning will be centered around an issue, such as education or the environment, you will be seeking a specific group of people. If you are working at a community level to address people’s concerns, then you will be looking for a broader group to represent the community.

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29. Election Day

David M. Jordan Indiana University Press ePub

The polls were open for seventeen hours on November 7, starting at 6 A.M. Eastern War Time and closing long afterward on the West Coast, with cloudy weather in the Eastern part of the country and clearing skies by midmorning. Thirty-one states were selecting governors, with nineteen of them presently Republican. Thirty-five Senate seats, twenty-two held by Democrats, were up before the electorate. And 432 House seats would be filled, the voters in Maine having already elected three Republican congressmen in September. There was a lot going on.

Elsewhere, the German forces in Greece had surrendered a couple of days earlier, Soviet troops were in East Prussia, the USS Lexington had been heavily crippled the day before by kamikaze attacks, and B-29s taking off from the island of Tinian in the Marianas were inflicting substantial damage upon the Japanese home islands. Erwin Rommel had taken his own life a couple of weeks earlier, at Hitler's command, and the Nazis had gassed their last victims at Auschwitz before fleeing from the advancing Red Army. The war could be seen to be coming to an end, but no one could tell how long that end would take.

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8 Materiality

Foreword by Saskia Sassen Edited by Hil Indiana University Press ePub


IN RECENT YEARS IT SEEMS MORE AND MORE OF THE NEWS AND OUR political discourse is about nonhumans: dams that fail in a hurricane, sodas that kill teenagers, bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics, oil rigs that explode, cows that go mad, sleeping pills that make you eat in your sleep. As these negative examples suggest, nature and the object world seem to us riskier than ever.1 At the same time, we also increasingly wonder about our ability to become political in ways that are more about our relationships with the object world than about our relationships with other humans; for example when we opt for purchasing local food or commodities with various certificates, such as organic or fair trade labels, or when we install energy or carbon meters or solar panels on our homes. My purpose in this chapter is not to answer whether we actually have more and more things surrounding and connecting us, or whether we simply perceive it that way for some reason. Instead, I wish to explore what such experiences—whether they are really new or they are just imagined as novel—say about globalization and about the types of connections that are proliferating across the globe. To that end I will provide an overview of how scholars have conceptualized the relationship between humans and nonhumans, then I will analyze what that relationship has to do with globalization through two case studies, both taken from Hungarian food politics. In conclusion I will suggest that global capitalism and the European Union are not purely social entities but rather are socio-material assemblages, and understanding them as such will let us see power inequalities in new ways, ultimately making new types of politics possible.

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On Rage

IU Press Journals Indiana University Press ePub

Be honest. Who’s unafraid

of the Big, Bad, Bigger

Thomas? The omnipresence

of Knockout games & flash mobs

& black boys

in clothes that don’t fit, droves that won’t quit

stealing what can’t be replaced: guiltless sleep,

the comfort of a block when its blank.


becomes code word for wars the State made from scratch.

Coming up, our mantra was I’m not the one

& we weren’t until we were. Until smooth talk

could no longer keep a policeman’s hands

in brackets.

I don’t remember unlearning

the love & lilt of a first swing,

what Ms. Reilly said

in 6th grade that defused me.

But by 8th it was undeniable:

these hands were best suited to soft gestures: the silly give

of art class clay,

all those quick missives to fairest Rosalinda:

my awkward cursive,

like a swan’s neck

against the paper.

Still, this is where I keep the chimera

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4. Serving the People

Gerzon, Mark Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

From Endless Campaigning to Public Service

Campaigning that reduces every issue to a struggle for power between competing extremes who continue battling with each other long after the election is over.

Campaigning for a healthy, time-limited period to select leaders who will truly serve the best interests of the public.

Whether or not one wants a smaller government, we all want an effective government. The term public service, which now seems almost antiquated, stands for a noble yet humble attitude that puts the quest for power and victory second, and the genuine desire to serve the people first. The change agents in this chapter are working from the grassroots to state legislatures, from living rooms to Capitol Hill, to make public service a reality.

Jon Avlon, David Burstein, Ted Celeste, Representative John K. Delaney, Representative Tom Cole, Representative Mickey Edwards, Jason Grumet, Walter Isaacson, Linda Killian, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, David Nevins, Amanda Kathryn Roman, and Jackie Salit.

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