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Moral Reframing for Conservative/Liberal Conversations

Moral Reframing for Conservative/Liberal Conversations

Empathy and respect. That is what will result in better conversations between conservatives and liberals according to 2015 research by Robb Willer, sociologist at Stanford University and Matthew Feinberg, Assistant Professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto, co-authors of How to Make Effective Political Arguments. “Research suggests such moral rhetoric…

Pants On Fire!

Pants On Fire!

Where should you turn to check the veracity of political statements? One good source I trust is PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times,…

VICE News

VICE News

“VICE News is an international news organization created by and for a connected generation.” They “provide an unvarnished look at some of the most important events of our time, highlight under-reported stories from around the globe, and get to the heart of the matter with reporters who call it like…

Controlling Facebook Ads

Controlling Facebook Ads

Have you ever wondered why you see the ads you see on Facebook? They are influenced by a variety of factors, the most basic of which is the demographic information—such as age, gender and location—from your profile and activity. Facebook also uses the pages you and your friends like; information from…

Politics – Platforms, Policies & Programs

Politics – Platforms, Policies & Programs

This past two weeks, Americans, or at least the public media, have been immersed in spectacles, fear-mongering, diatribes, name-calling, dramas, speeches, platitudes, criticisms and endorsements at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, as they nominate candidates for the next President of the United States. We have heard lots of slogans…

Link TV

Link TV

Unless you have satellite DirectTV or DISH network or live in Southern/Central California and have cable TV there, you may not be aware of Link TV, but much of Link’s quality programming is also available on the Internet at LinkTV.org. They have over 5,000 video segments or full programs, available for high-quality…

Indie Element Podcast

Indie Element Podcast

Catalyst Redding Young Professionals is now bringing you the Indie Element Podcast: Episode 1: Benjamin Abraham Goodpasture of Shasta Rock Club. Episode 2: Janis Rollins Logan of Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant and Janelle Pierson of Bridgehouse Bed & Breakfast. Episode 3: Matt Briner of Matt Briner, Graphic Designer and Tyler Faires of Faires Wheel Films. Awesome sponsors like CAROUSEL. Music by local bands like One SoL. Rachel Hatch says “Sean…

Be Prepared to be Amazed

How do we have better conversations? A great conversation requires a balance between talking and listening. This balance is important because bad communication leads to bad relationships, at home, at work, everywhere. This TEDxCreativeCoast talk by Celeste Headlee quotes Bill Nye who says “everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t know.” “If your mouth is open […]

Demagogue vs. Populist

Demagogue vs. Populist

No doubt about it – Americans are angry at the national political establishment that is so polarized it cannot get anything done! Insiders are out, leaving those in the middle wondering if only the most loud, shrill and most outrageous/extreme voices will prevail. Will momentum build to motivate and empower…

Honoring the Best of the Internet

Honoring the Best of the Internet

The Webby Awards honors the best of the internet – websites, online film & video, advertising & media, mobile sites & apps and social. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) selects the nominees and winners for The Webby Awards and The Lovie Awards. The Academy was founded in 1998…

Disruptive Technology

Brian Solis, who joined The ED Sessions Nov. 11, 2015 in Boise, Idaho, is a digital anthropologist who studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He humanizes technology’s causal effect to help empower the average citizen to engage in ways that can change the course of a community, state, or nation. He […]

The JEDI Desk

NeimanLab reports that University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism has a new class to teach students “how to produce videos and other storytelling methods specifically for social media and emerging platforms.” It’s called the JEDI Desk, (Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms), which focuses on everything from Snapchat and Facebook to 360-degree virtual reality […]

Free Speech Week

Free Speech Week

Free Speech Week is a national event, observed during the third full week of October each year, that recognizes free speech and press in the United States. This year it will be observed October 19-25, 2015. Free Speech Week is neither a political event nor an ideological platform. According to…

Generational Media

Generational Media

Some of us still read print newspapers delivered to our home daily to get local news; get our national and world news by listening to NPR or watching PBS Newshour TV broadcasts, but younger generations keep plugged in differently. According to a survey from the American Press Institute, the majority…

Shadows of Liberty

And now for your holiday entertainment… community radio station KKRN, in conjunction with ACLU and the Humanist Society of Redding are presenting a free screening of the movie Shadows of Liberty on December 16, 2014 at 7 PM at Pilgrim, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding, CA. From the YouTube description: “Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth […]

Classic Novels

AbeBooks.com asks the question, “What Defines a Classic Novel?” and gives a list of 50 candidates for your consideration.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, this year from September 21-27, 2014. The event highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers,…

Millennial Media

Millennial Media

Does Facebook feel old to you? Do you trust Twitter more? Then maybe you agree with these millennials, who are part of Participant Media. Participant Media is “a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing and digital content that inspires social…

Thunderclap

What voice do you want to amplify and what message spread through social media?

Journalism Today Roundtable

Journalism Today Roundtable

Northern Cs Cal Alumni Club is sponsoring a roundtable discussion Journalism Today on Friday, May 16,2014 from noon to 1 p.m. at Redding City Hall, Caldwell Park Room (upstairs). Brown bag lunches are encouraged. The discussion will feature remarks by: Silas Lyons, editor of the Redding Record-Searchlight; Jennifer Scarborough, news director for KRCR News, Channel…

Being Selective with Social Media

Ed Cabellon asks a valid question, “Why do you continue to be a part of multiple social media channels if you’re not going to foster the things that matter in those communities?” “We need to know our audience when we’re sending a message out there to do good, or else it will evaporate into the […]

Protect Public Media

Federal funding cuts in the House-approved budget will undermine public media. Public media has already sustained significant cuts in recent years – $60 million in fact. For just $1.35 per American taxpayer per year, this relatively small investment provides you with local, national and international news, educational and public affairs…

Crap Detection Resources

Crap Detection Resources

There’s lots of untruthfulness out there. Click here for some resources to help detect truth from falsehood. Thanks to Rachel Hatch for this link.…

#GivingTuesday

Today, December 3, 2013 is Giving Tuesday where people are giving back in gratitude to various charities as is appropriate to the holiday spirit. If your inbox is like mine, lots of worthwhile organizations are asking for donations today, so how does one choose? One way is to consult Charity…

2013 Social Good Summit

You may have missed Mashable’s Social Media Day on June 30, 2013, but mark your calendar for what could be a local event on Tuesday, September 24th – the 2013 Social Good Summit. RSVP today and we can start organizing a local event in Redding, CA. Mashable asks: “How do…

Mapping Connections At Aspen

Mapping Connections At Aspen

The Atlantic and Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ideas Festival has been meeting since June 26th and ends today, July 2, 2013. I love their Aspen Minutes and regularly record their PBS programs on Tivo. But, have you ever though who is behind this think tank? Is it all about money? Muckety…

Is Blogging Dead?

According to Simone Smith, Director of Marketing for HubPages “the world of blogging as we once knew it is dead and gone. Independent websites run by single, mostly amateur individuals have given way to large internet media houses featuring re-blogged and syndicated content.” Simone is speaking next monday, March 11,…

Unplug March 1-2, 2013

“Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your ipad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on? We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours…

Take Something On For Lent

Take Something On For Lent

Lutheran Pastor Keith Anderson reminds us “don’t just give something up, take something on.” More specifically, he is suggesting that the notion of giving up Facebook would be cutting ourselves off significant avenues of meaningful connections. Instead of taking a break, he suggests “make social media your Lenten devotion: leave supportive comments,…

Join The FriendShip

As Fred Rogers said, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

Building Better Worlds

Since watching a video presentation by Bob Johansen on forecasting, where he emphasized “digital natives” immersion in gaming, I have begun to explore a whole new genre. I am fascinated by Kickstarter’s funding of Obsidian Entertainment’s, Project Eternity roleplaying game. As of this post, over 50,000 subscribers have pledged over $2.2 million in only 14 days. Talk about engagement and interactive […]

New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

Futurist Bob Johansen, who was President of the Institute For The Future from 1996 to 2004, says “we are in a time of accelerating disruptive change.” Check out this great one hour video where Bob spoke to an audience two months ago at Pacific School of Religion about “External Future Forces,” to help…

Social Media for Good

Learn how the Players use social media for good. Hunter Walk, director, product management, YouTube Meg Garlinghouse, head of social impact, LinkedIn Biz Stone, cofounder, Twitter Ken Weber, executive director, Zynga Nick Grudin, strategic partnership development, Facebook Moderator: Farhad Manjoo, contributing writer, Fast Company

Friendly Response?

Friendly Response?

New York Times technology editor Nick Bilton muses that Lif’e’s Too Short for So Much Email. He recounts the story of communicating with his teenage cousin who commented: “e-mail as something for ‘old people.’ It’s too slow…the messages too long. Sometimes, as with a Facebook status update, you don’t even…

Mediating Religion

Mediating Religion

Elizabeth Drescher, author of Tweet if you ♥ Jesus and Click2Save, recently tweeted about Mediating Religion, an international network of academics facilitating research in the area of religion, culture and social change. Mediating Religion serves as a “network of networks – fostering sustainable links with researchers, sharing and exchanging ideas, developing joint research…

Our Digital Society

Deutsche Bank Research published this YouTube video and research report in August 2011 bringing attention to how the western world is shifting towards a digital society that manifests itself in greater transparency, participation and innovation. They conclude that we are undergoing a “digital structural change.” The increasing use of modern network technologies is changing people‘s daily social […]

Do you Know Social Phonics?

An email caught my attention this morning because of it’s title. Then I read the subhead “learning the language of new media” and I realized that many who fear going on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the like, just don’t want to be embarrassed by making a faux pas, in what to them…

Bridging the Digital and the Divine

Bridging the Digital and the Divine

Surveys regularly show 80% of Americans consider themselves religious or spiritual. How does this play our in the digital world? Monday, March 12, 2012 SBSW* had a session Bridging the Digital and the Divine featuring a panel of five speakers: Daniel Pawlus, VP of Communications for Interfaith Youth Core. Adrienne Baker,…

Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge

Wikipedia, Google and more than 7,000 website stood in solidarity against SOPA and PIPA and blacked out their sites earlier this week. Simply put, SOPA is censorship, but the biggest point is that it is the old guard vs. the innovators. Even Harvard Business Review Network blog says, “SOPA is…

Speaking with One Voice

The mission of the World Association for Christian Communication is to “promote communication for social change. It believes that communication is a basic human right that defines people’s common humanity, strengthens cultures, enables participation, creates community and challenges tyranny and oppression.” “The Gospel, being the Good News for the poor, needs to…

Social Media Pro’s

Social Media Pro’s

Robert Niles wrote an excellent article on The Online Journalism Review, “Why Don’t Some Media Pros ‘Get’ Social Media?” The point he makes is that most PR people and many journalists have spent much of their careers as “gatekeepers” between the sources they represent and the public. However, today, through…

Unplug

Social Evolution