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Talking to Gadhafi/Collective Impact Model of Social Change/Theater Activism

April 1, 2011  • Lisa Molinaro

Confused by Obama? Try Talking to Gadhafi!
Advocates may find the Obama administration short on details when it comes to the intervention in Libya, but that’s nothing compared to the challenge faced by foreign correspondents based in Tripoli. From 3AM press briefings, to staged pro-Gadhafi celebrations, to suspicious (possibly drug-laced) food, these journalists report from a surreal alternate reality that makes Washington look like a model of reason and transparency.

The Collective Impact Model of Social Change
Encouraged by notable success stories such as the Harlem Children Zone and the Strive Together partnership, “Collective Impact” is gaining ground in fields as diverse as urban redevelopment and health care reform. The approach encourages broad cross-sectoral coordination to promote social change.  Sensible enough, but all too rare.  Check out FSG and SSIR, for videos, articles and information on their recent conference.

Theater Activism
The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey
, now playing at Washington DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, brilliantly fuses storytelling, journalism, and social activism. Its mission:“spread the virus.”  The “virus” in  question is the knowledge that most of our electronics are made in Chinese factories with inhumane labor conditions. Theater goers receive a handout that includes Steve Jobs’ personal email address, lists of Chinese labor rights groups, and encouragement to spread the word to DC’s movers and shakers.