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Sweet Songs Collection no. 25 : The Rules

The Rules is a worldwide network of people dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty.

Activists, artists, writers, researchers, farmers, peasants, students, workers, designers, hackers, spiritualists and dreamers, they work with social movements, community leaders, cultural players, and everyday people.


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Positive change for Artists & Musicians

July 14, 2016

Art And The Planet
If you are an artist interested in promoting social change, check out Artivists.net, an online platform created to facilitate horizontal communication, coordination and cross-pollination between creative activists working to build a more just and resilient planet. Meet the storytellers, dancers, painters, weavers engaged in imagining, articulating and crafting a new and better world.

Inspiration, companionship and the potential for collaborative projects await!

Social change and Art

 

On The Music Front
Earlier this week, Paul Stacey of Creative Commons published a very interesting article on what a commons based music industry might look like. Inspired by the petition signed by 160 American artists and record labels in support of reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Stacey looks into platforms such as SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple, Google, Tidal and other music services, including Imogen Heap’s Mycelia, a platform dedicated to creating a fair trade music industry. (Access Mycelia here.) Stacey also shares his thoughts on how commons-based thinking might change things.

A must read for professional music makers interested in positive solutions to this common and endemic problem.

 

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August 3rd happening for peace
Music and social change are on the menu on August 3rd at 7:30pm at Cecil Sharp House, London for the event A Change is Gonna Come as Heartbeat performs to spread the message of peace.

Heartbeat harnesses the transformative power of music, uniting young Israeli and Palestinian musicians and promoting critical awareness to help them become leading voices for change. Through music, young people learn to work together to build trust, understanding and to promote peaceful social change against a deeply divided background.

All the money raised at this event goes to Heartbeat and Peace Direct, to support local people who endlessly and courageously work to end wars, build peace and be the change they want to see. For more information, click here.

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Sweet Songs Collection no. 24: The World Social Forum

All citizen-run groups and individuals belonging to social movements are invited to attend World Social Forums to raise important issues, discuss ideas, formulate proposals, build their networks and learn from each other’s experiences.

The first World Social Forum was held in 2001 in Brazil. Since then, gatherings have taken place almost every year. Documentation stemming from these meetings as well as from other workshops and conferences organized under the auspices of the organization is being shared online. Several topics of interest to anyone wishing to foster social, economic and political change are covered. To see what is available, please click here.

Participants come from all over the world to focus on practical alternatives that foster a world built on social and environmental justice, social and supportive economic principles, participative democracy and the preservation of equality and dignity for all.

From August 9th to 14th 2016, Montreal, Quebec, Canada is hosting the first edition of the Forum to be held in the northern hemisphere. For more on this event, click here.

For more information about the World Social Forum in general, click here.

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Sweet Songs Collection no. 23: 350.org

Founded by a group of university friends in the U.S. along with author Bill McKibben, 350.org got its name from the number indicating the highest safe level of carbon dioxyde that can be tolerated in the earth’s atmosphere.

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Change : The View From The Commons

“…change occurs through many independent agents operating in a holistic living system …”

David Bollier, co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group

Choice and Change: A Shaman’s Perspective

“It is an inflation to think you can manage the spirit. At best, you can learn to follow it.”

Arnold Mindell, author of The Shaman’s Body

Sweet Songs Collection No. 18: The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) is an initiative launched and incubated by UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs in the UK.

Its member organizations supported 2600 projects worldwide in 2015. Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection No. 18: The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network”

Choice and Change: What I’ve learned so far

by Hélène Montpetit

Back in August 2015, I realized my life was about to take an unavoidable turn for which I was not prepared. Since I wanted to make sure I had a say in shaping my own future, I began looking into choice and change.

SteveJobsFollowYourDreamsI wanted to know how much influence my personal decisions could have on outcomes. I asked friends I felt had done well how they had experienced and navigated their own life transitions. I searched for other resources and found several exhortations to “follow your heart/passion/dreams”. It seemed a little pat and easy, but I thought that since Steve Jobs, one of the most happily successful people of our times, was one of those exhorting, I probably ought to give it a try. Continue reading “Choice and Change: What I’ve learned so far”

Maintaining change

“The key to maintaining a change is to cultivate a context that supports it.”

Dr Chris Johnstone, Find Your Power

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