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Karen Showalter

2010 Goes Out with a Bang!

What a year it was! In fall 2010 our members organized more than 70 campus events involving over 2000 students! We also welcomed 65+ new student leaders. Some highlights… Program highlights: This fall our programs helped students  understand and take action on key issues within peace & security, development, environment …

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AIDemocracy 3.0, Part 2: Some Things We Believe

Continuing the update from our strategic planning process I started last week, here are some really foundational ideas that emerged from our planning conversations. These are essentially the principles that underpin our work. 1. Global issues are connected. We cannot hope to address challenges like climate change or nuclear proliferation, …

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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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