In our courage to speak, we must also have the courage to listen

Hundreds of protesters  gathered in Times Square yesterday to protest against an upcoming hearing by New York’s Republican congressman Peter King on “the extent of radicalisation within the American Muslim community”. The protestors believe that the hearing will unfairly single out Muslims in general rather than focusing on extremists who constitute a small minority.

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“We have to go back to the child…”


“All children should enjoy the right to survival, to liberty and the right to education”, says writer Michael Morpurgo in this impassioned speech. But how can we achieve this in the age of the Big Society…?

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I’ll be down in a minute mum, I’m just saving the world…

Bold, ambitious, innovative, a few ways of describing the guys that have commissioned these digital projects. It’s not such a great leap from a static or web based campaign to something that you sit down and interact with for a few hours. It’s all about reaching out and engaging young people in your issues on their level in their language – it doesn’t matter that you’ll never play it.

And if it’s being downloaded over 4 million times who can argue with that? Nice one Food Force

GV

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I could never end up living on the streets… could I?

“Children with no parents. Combat war veterans still suffering from the effects of war. Elderly people who have lost insurance or have medical bills that are too high. Families who live out of a van. Women fleeing from abusive relationships.”

I dig the angle this project takes on homelessness – it’s not about someone being a bum, it’s about what life throws at us and how we react, and potentially how close we all are to finding ourselves on the other side of the pavement. The Invisible Class has big ambitions.

Also remind me of a similar animated project we did a few years back.

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Buy a girl her life back

Danny Boyle put on the agenda in Slumdog, The Girl Store makes it possible to do something about it. I dig the connection between tech and real impact on the ground.

GV

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The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any

Are women fairly treated in the media? Jennifer Siebel Newsome thinks not and is on a campaign to write the situation with her Sundance nominated film Miss Representation.

It would be interesting to see a home grown British take on this – but it’s just as relevant here as the US. If sex sells, where do we draw the line?

GV

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A mind once stretched by a new

idea never regains its original

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