13 posts categorized "fair trade"

June 13, 2008

Swaying Joe Public: From Widgets to Votes

After watching this excerpt from The Corporation, I couldn't help but wonder whether corporate-style buzz marketing techniques are used to influence voters. For example, are people hired to carry on casual conversations on buses and subways about how fabulous a particular candidate is, in the hope of influencing Joe Public to vote a particular way?  It's an interesting question -- and one that would make a fabulous documentary, don't you think?

By the way, if you haven't seen The Corporation, rent, borrow, or purchase a copy this weekend. It's an absolute must-see (unless, of course, you prefer to remain comfortably numb).

April 23, 2008

Dion in Peterborough for Town Hall


I had a difficult time finding any information about St├ęphane Dion's visit to Peterborough tomorrow afternoon when I did an online search myself earlier tonight, so I figure others might be having difficulty tracking down the details, too. Here's a link to the recent Peterborough Examiner news story about tomorrow's Town Hall Meeting. It sounds like it's going to be a fabulous event. I had the pleasure of meeting Dion face-to-face last year and found him to be absolutely charming.

Don't miss the chance to hear him if you're in Peterborough tomorrow, even if you only have the chance to pop in briefly during your lunch hour.

Added 4/24: Here's a recap of how the event went. People will be talking about St├ęphane Dion's April 2008 visit to Peterborough for a very long time.

December 18, 2006

Gifts for People Who Want to Change the World

Al Gore's video An Inconvenient Truth.

A subscription to a magazine that supports a cause he or she believes in (see this list for some initial inspiration).

A membership in an association that is making a difference in the world or in your own backyard.

Books that talk about the power of possibility and the difference one person can make in the world (this bookstore in Vermont has some interesting picks).

Fair-trade goods (Canadian or American) or goods that help to raise funds for a charity.

The Mothers Acting Up calendar.

Make a donation through Just Give.org or buy a Canada Helps.org Gift Card.

Treasures you've unearthed in a second-hand bookstore, an antique store, or maybe even your own basement. Who says second-hand is second-best? (Some of my favorite things have been pre-owned and pre-loved by other people.)

One of these ideas from Buy Nothing Day's Guide to an Alternative Christmas.

The gift of your time.

Original Comments from Blogger:


April Reign (aka Debra) said...
Don't forget livestock!


December 18, 2006 3:31 PM
Ann D said...
That's a great addition, April. My church bought a cow for an orphanage in the Hondoras. They hope to buy another cow each year as part of their project withFriends of Honduran Children. (They're also building a home for orphans.)

December 18, 2006 6:14 PM