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Karen Showalter

Do something, but do it wisely

I believe in my own power, and the power of young people, to build a better world. And there are many ways we can take action. We can protest or take direct action, for example protesting the Keystone Pipeline outside the White House. We can speak out to decision-makers, or …

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How are you marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11?

Ten years after 9/11, our country and our planet face incredible challenges. We can do better, and our generation can make it happen. Americans for Informed Democracy (AIDemocracy) was founded after 9/11 to help young people discuss the US role in the world. Ten years later, this conversation is more …

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Network in context

In recent weeks I’ve written about the value of networks – loose communities united around a common purpose – and how new media facilitates their work. AIDemocracy is shifting to a more nimble network structure this summer, and I think it’s important to share why we’ve made this decision. Today …

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How new media helps us be a network

New media has dramatically changed the landscape in which we work. As a national organization with lots of work to do, but a very small budget, this plays to our advantage. Last week I wrote about the expanded network model we’re rolling out this summer. The availability and power of …

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Here comes the network! AIDemocracy stands up against a difficult climate

It’s an interesting time to be a young activist. Global challenges like poverty, security and the rights of women and girls need serious attention; every day over 1500 women die of pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, and over 1 billion people live on less than $2/day. Ours is the most global …

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Why the IMF Director debate even matters…

Perhaps you’re following the back and forth on the selection process for the next Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), following the arrest and resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. But I’ll bet the majority of us are not. Hold on! This is actually a big deal. Here’s why: The …

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100 Great Ways College Students Have Changed the World

I’m reposting the first part of an interesting piece by BestCollegesOnline.com that highlights ways students have changed the world for the better. Below is the first part of this list, how students have “made history”. Check out their the full post for how students have contributed to business, innovation, service …

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