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December 16, 2011

Voice over Number
Our friends at the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth just released a short video featuring youth speaking about their pride in their cultural heritage. Compiled by Center intern Aretha Greatrix, these stories came directly from youth across the United States and Canada in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Heartfelt and honest, these voices shed light on the aspirations of a population in a way statistics simply can’t.

And the 2011 “Person of the Year” is (Drumroll Please)…
the protester. In Time’s latest cover story, Kurt Andersen points to the important role of technology and social media in spreading the spirit of protest across the globe. Advocacy and protest are not the same thing (just ask Wikipedia), but advocates can pick up a thing or two from this brief overview of 2011’s successful protest movements.

The Beat Goes On, and On
In the November issue of Reproductive Health Matters, Barbara Klugman draws on a case study of reproductive rights advocacy in South Africa during the transition from apartheid to democracy to pin down a set of potentially effective strategies—nuggets of wisdom, so to speak. Funders, listen up: according to Klugman (and many advocates and evaluators), policy change advocacy should be treated and funded as a long-term effort. Now that’s a very shiny nugget.