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AIDemocracy 3.0, Part 1: vision, mission, value-add

Over the past year we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about who we are as a student network, who we work with, and how we do our work. After months of research, planning, meeting, surveying and dreaming, we have a good and clear sense of the future of this …

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What does it take to build a youth movement?

Priti and I were talking to someone earlier this week about building a youth movement for sexual and reproductive health. This person questioned how lots of investments in individual youth projects could eventually scale up to become a movement. This person doubted that line was so clear. Indeed, this is …

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Meet the Analysts!

We are excited to introduce 2010-2011 Issue Analysts! Analysts are a critical part of our network, providing essential ongoing analysis of key issues ranging from nuclear weapons to sexual and reproductive health. We have a really strong group joining us this year – folks who have profound experience with these …

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TEDx Change: reportback

Last Monday I attended a TEDx Change event on the Millennium Development Goals in NYC. Speakers included Hans Rosling, Melinda Gates, Mechai Viravaidya (introduced as “Dr. Condom”), and Graca Machel. We were also treated to a performance by Sierra Leonian hip hop group Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew. Some …

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Indictment of Online Strategies: The Man in the Mirror Doesn’t Trust You Either.

Last Monday I attended a TEDx Change event on the Millennium Development Goals in NYC. Speakers included Hans Rosling, Melinda Gates, Mechai Viravaidya (introduced as “Dr. Condom”), and Graca Machel. We were also treated to a performance by Sierra Leonian hip hop group Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew. Some …

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Organizing tips from the AIDemocracy Regional Coordinator Retreat – day 1

One of the key groups in the AIDemocracy network are our Regional Coordinators – an inspired group of student activists who act as regional “party hosts” for the community. Our new batch is in town this weekend, for our annual ‘get-to-know-eachother’ and skillbuilding retreat. In addition to learning more about …

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AIDemocracy Welcomes New Executive Director Karen Showalter

Greetings! I would like to introduce myself as the new executive director of Americans for Informed Democracy. I am thrilled to be joining this great network of young people taking action on global issues. I found my ‘global consciousness’ during my time as a student at the University of Michigan. …

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