This section of the web site stems from the belief that every individual in a society has a responsibility to make a positive contribution to that society. It also stems from the realization that many people are unaware of significant problems affecting the United States and the world today, and perhaps even more unaware of what they can do to help. "We" believe that it is the duty of those who have the resources and abilities to support and/or aid those who do not, in an effort directed at helping them improve their lives, and increasing the amount of realized human potential. If you agree with that description of "we," please join us! Below, you will find some information and resources to help you begin.
One of the best things you can do as an individual is to learn about your world.
To take responsible social action, we
need to be aware of what is happening around us.
BBC In Pictures presents news from all over the world, from an international perspective, in photographs.
Google News uses a wide variety of news sources to deliver news on a wide variety of topics, making it easy to balance the political content of one's news intake and adding the ability to examine important issues from multiple perspectives, simply by reading more than one story on a topic. This link has a page setup putting social action and awareness items at the top of the page.
One World- is what we've got!
Our current "Ecological footprint," or how much of Earth's natural resources that we're using up (including renewal rates in the calculation) is about 1.25 Earths. America is a huge culprit in why that number is so high, as we use several times the sustainable resources per person. So, what can we do about it?
Examining Societal Structures
in the context of technological advancement and economic development.
Technology has changed the way people relate to one another. Consider the internet and all it does, or cell phones, and other reliable, affordable telecommunications networks. The research project began when a close friend shared a story: "When I was a child, you would walk around in our village and see many people outside, playing or walking or talking to one another, things like that. These days, you walk down the street and you donít see people outside much anymore. Most of them are inside on their computers, working or playing video games or navigating the Internet. There isnít as much interaction anymore- not as much community."
I then considered a strong localized (think small-town) community that I had been part of for many years, and how it had changed with my work introducing telecommunications and transportation technology. Before starting out on a 40-year career potentially impacting hundreds of thousands, I wanted to step back and actually consider how this work affects social structures.
A few years and research courses later, I have completed a whole lot of reading, writing and modeling around how social structures change with economic and technological development. This research is continuing; please offer your thoughts or feel free to ask for more information here!
Better World Books/Books For Africa
The fact that you are able to view this web page right now means that you are pretty well off, no matter what you might think at the moment. We have so much, and there are very many people in this world without access to the educational tools or opportunities that we tend to take for granted. We have quite a surplus of resources, and other areas are lacking...so let's match that need with a resource! The LEAP Better World Books/Books For Africa drive shipped out about 1 ton of books between collection drives at the end of Spring and Fall semesters in 2006. We support Books For Africa through a direct partnership with Better World Books. These organizations aim to reduce poverty by increasing literacy, creating opportunties and allowing connections that otherwise could not have been made.
If you would like to learn more about a great way to purchase or donate your books, please click the appropriate link!
Follow-up on past items:
This is currently the only web page at the Center for Social Action, giving you plenty of time to explore the links above and learn more on your own, and then get off your computer and active in your community. I hope you will get involved in some identified action item and connect with your community and world on a new level!
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