Archive for April, 2009

Law of the Grass-Mud Horse

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Sleep deprived
Just had lunch
Presenting a paper you didn’t write (more…)

一号公路之夜

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

一号公路之夜

“What will happen on this Thursday?”

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

是处青山可埋骨,他年夜雨独伤神。” (more…)

紫光再现

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

There is a crack
crack in everything

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“I am a Grass Mud Horse!”

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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Social Network and Social Movement

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

What is the role of narrative in mobilizing people? Marshall Ganz of Harvard’s Kennedy School starts with Alexis de Tocqueville and tells how he was so impressed with the rich associational life here in the United States, and how participation in associations drove people into relationships with each other, so they could learn about their common interest. Common interest that was the result of learning about each other, not as an aggregation of individual interest – there was a synergistic quality to association. The promise of democracy is an equality of voices for distribution of resources – and while this does not always happen in practice – it does highlight the importance of people coming together with common interest so they can act on it, and thus exerting power. It is crucial that associations are voluntary – they participate not because of coercion.

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