links for 2010-04-06

  • These suggestions are from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the organization that represents reporters, producers, editors, photographers, and others who cover environmental issues for news media. News media are still the principal channel through which most Americans get their information about the environment. Without transparency to the media, there can be no transparency to the public.

    "While the Obama/Jackson administration has taken steps to make government more open and transparent to the general public through social networking and the Internet, EPA has also continued some policies and practices of the Bush administration that make it harder for environmental journalists to get the information they need to do their jobs. Specifically we urge EPA to…"

  • Based in Oakland: "We address the disconnect between community knowledge and “authoritative research” by helping communities learn and apply social science tools so they share “expert status” with policymakers and academic institutions."
  • "What we are seeing is the decline of the classic African liberation movement and the proliferation of something else — something wilder, messier, more violent, and harder to wrap our heads around. If you'd like to call this war, fine. But what is spreading across Africa like a viral pandemic is actually just opportunistic, heavily armed banditry. Most of my time is spent immersed in these un-wars.

    "I've witnessed up close how combat has morphed from soldier vs. soldier (now a rarity in Africa) to soldier vs. civilian. Most of today's African fighters are not rebels with a cause; they're predators. That's why we see stunning atrocities like eastern Congo's rape epidemic, where armed groups in recent years have sexually assaulted hundreds of thousands of women, often so sadistically that the victims are left incontinent for life. What is the military or political objective of ramming an assault rifle inside a woman and pulling the trigger? Terror has become an end, not just a means."

  • If you're craving zombie music as much as your crave tasty brains, dowload this music mix. (gurgle… drool….)
  • "Distinct from a business entrepreneur who sees value in the creation of new markets, the social entrepreneur aims for value in the form of transformational change that will benefit disadvantaged communities and, ultimately, society at large. Social entrepreneurs pioneer innovative and systemic approaches for meeting the needs of the marginalized, the disadvantaged and the disenfranchised – populations that lack the financial means or political clout to achieve lasting benefit on their own."
  • Interesting look at how architects and builders are trained, and how that affects building sustainability. Argues for blending apprenticeship with traditional education.

    "Donna Vakalis speaks with Julian Smith, director of the Willowbank School about green architecture and reviving the design/craft ethos in archtectural studies."

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