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Choice and Change: How to deal with bullying in an open and positive way

by Hélène Montpetit

Ormstown Elementary School has taken singer-songwriter-guitarist David Whyte‘s song The Way I Like To Be Treated and made it into an inspiring anti-bullying video.

Whyte’s approach eschews dark representations, preferring to address the issues from a childlike perspective. Set to a simple melody with interesting phrasing, the song’s lyrics are in the plain language one is most likely to hear on the playground: “I don’t like to be called names, I’m not gonna call anybody names.” The children on the video are shown playing in the schoolyard and modeling inclusive behaviour. They sing earnestly, with humour and purpose.

What a fresh way to broach this topic and to teach children better ways of behaving!

Kudos to Whyte for setting this lesson to music kids can enjoy and to the Ormstown Elementary School staff who directed and filmed the children and who produced this wonderfully positive clip.

 

 

Whyte, who also teaches guitar at Sullivan & Whyte Music School and tours with the Durham County Poets, has arranged to donate revenues from his music to Bullying Canada Inc.  For more information, click here.

 

Transition NDG’s Incredible Edibles, Growing Free Food In The Urban Jungle

A while ago I had the pleasure of attending Transition NDG’s Incredible Edibles picnic where I took a few minutes to speak to some of the members of the team.

In addition to growing free food right on the sidewalks of their burrough, this dynamic group is creating a buzz around urban agriculture, getting local media coverage from CBC Montreal and the Montreal Gazette. Here is what they had to say on that beautiful July evening as we broke bread in an NDG park.

 

To find out more about Transition NDG and their various activities, click here.

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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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.

Thank you for reading. Please feel free to share your comments in the space below.

 

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

Sweet Songs Collection No. 20: OuiShare

OuiShare is a global community and think and do-tank started in Paris, France in 2012. It was founded to connect people, organizations and ideas around fairness, openness and trust. Its end goals are to provide solutions to complex issues and to share resources and opportunities.

To find OuiShare in your area, click here.

To find out about OuiShare events, click here.

To access OuiShare projects, including a job board, resource sharing and other materials, click here.

For OuiShare knowledge sharing and publications, click here.

OuiShare Magazine.

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