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Knitting Spoons?

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brene Brown…

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Seán F. Murphy (2014), Bordered citizenship: National identities, transnational lives and the limitation of the UK’s National Citizen Service

This article offers a critical look at the UK Government’s flagship youth citizenship policy the National Citizen Service (NCS).  It draws upon contemporary European research, debates and policy agendas around youth democracy and social integration to provide a contextual background for analysing why some EU nation states citizenship programmes fail to reflect young people’s lives today. 131 more words

Mapping initiatives that connect education and the wider society – Part 2

Part 2 of this series is long due, so I will contnue with the humbe attempt to map some great initiatives. For a while I have been wanting to write about… 835 more words

Gilens and Page: Average citizens have no political influence

Keith McDonnell and Terry Bouricius wrote to point out the following.

Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page have a new paper titled “Testing theories of American politics: elites, interest Groups, and average citizens”. 280 more words


Recycling Breakthrough

After close to four months of avoiding the use of paper towels and recycling everything that I possibly can, I finally got my un-environmentally friendly roommate to begin recycling as well.  243 more words

come, let us adore him

Imagine you are the woman who anointed Jesus. You break open your jar of costly aromatic oil and tenderly pour it over his head. His head… 369 more words