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Pledge generates support

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I received the following in my email this morning:

“The pledge, created by J Christie, read: ‘I will arrange for
my MP to receive a copy of Richard Dawkins’ book “The God
Delusion” but only if 645 other people (one per UK
constituency) will do the same for other MPs.’ The 646th person
has signed the pledge, just moments ago.”

I signed this pledge a couple of months ago at pledgebank.com another of Tom Steinberg’s web sites aimed at promoting citizens’ action. I must admit to being impressed but slightly surprised that some has committed to doing this for every MP in the country. I’m in some pretty esteemed company, too, if the list of signatories is to be believed: as well as Dawkins himself, there’s Sir Bernard Crick. Humanist organisations in N. Ireland also seem particularly active.

It will be interesting to see how much (if any) mainstream press coverage is generated by this, compared with that generated by the petition on road pricing generated by another of his ideas. There are plenty of other successful pledges (you can see them via the site). Most are pretty modest: the God Delusion pledge was perhaps the most ambitious yet (in terms of the number and distribution of people required, if not the ambition of the objective). It’ll be interesting to see if and how this develops as a form of social and political action.

Off to the bookshop tomorrow, then.

Steve

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March 25, 2007 at 3:59 pm

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Uniting Humanity

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For the last 3 days I’ve been at a workshop in Dublin as part of a Scarman Trust project Uniting Humanity. The workshop brought together activist/adult educators working on a range of perspectives and issues (including anti-slavery, climate change and labour rights) to develop ideas of advocacy and global citizenship. The workshop was organised around ‘micro-teaching’ activities prepared by workshop participants, to share both content and practices. Discussions around these activities were always stimulating.

I picked up the URLs of some useful web sites which I’ve just tagged with del.icio.us (see right, for the time being). The project tried to use Moodle to support working between the workshops, without a great deal of success and are now moving to Blackboard at the University of Gavle in Sweden.

Among other things I’ve learned is that flickr, in Dutch, is (or at least is a homophone for) an derogatory term for a gay…

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March 21, 2007 at 11:51 pm

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Design in Technology and Social Action

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At the beginning of the week, a PRADSA project meeting started to scope out the fieldwork element of the project, including an initial literature review. We’re interested in both formally published academic works, but also relevant practitioner and ‘grey’ literatures. If you know of resources that you think would be useful to us, please feel free to let us know (e.g. by commenting this blog).

Thanks,
Steve

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March 17, 2007 at 3:01 pm

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