It’s 2016 – Time to Legislate Canadian Social Value Act: Part 1

In 2012, the U.K. House of Commons granted royal ascent to a private member’s bill called the Social Value Act. The Act requested public commissioners to take into account “social values” — such as socio-economic or environmental well-being — when deciding about public service … Continue reading It’s 2016 – Time to Legislate Canadian Social Value Act: Part 1

New Paradigm for Library Sustainability

The idea of “sustainability” has been invading information grounds rather frequently. Politically conscious citizens, interested in supporting “sustainable” commerce, finance,  art and government, have begun to operate in overlapping discourses of environmentalism, socio- political literacy and education. Literacy and education, although non-exclusively, are domains of libraries … Continue reading New Paradigm for Library Sustainability

Homeless is My Address, Not My Name

This audio and photo exhibition created from conversations with individuals and families experiencing homelessness throughout Minnesota was created by St. Stephen’s Human Services in partnership with the Family Housing Fund and Heading Home Minnesota and its regional partners (on display at the invitation of Senator Al Franken). Stories are accessed by viewers dialing into recordings using their cell phones and feature striking portraits and first person audio recordings of our economically affected neighbours. Individually, these are the stories of suffering and injustice, personal strength and joy and community success. The exhibition was on display from Monday July 11 through Friday … Continue reading Homeless is My Address, Not My Name

Bangkok – World Book Capital 2013

Bangkok, Thailand was selected as the 13th World Book Capital by the panel of representatives from UNESCO and publishing industry (June 27/ 2011, Paris) for “its willingness to bring together all the various stakeholders in the book supply chain and beyond…for its community-focused and the high level of its commitment through the proposed activities”. Previous World Book Capitals were: Madrid (Spain, 2001), Alexandria (Egypt, 2002), New Delhi (India, 2003), Antwerp (Belgium, 2004), Montreal (Canada, 2005), Turin (Italy, 2006), Bogotá (Colombia, 2007), Amsterdam (the Netherlands, 2008), Beirut (Lebanon, 2009), Ljubljana (Slovenia, 2010). Current & upcoming: Buenos Aires (Argentina, 2011) and Yerevan … Continue reading Bangkok – World Book Capital 2013

Social Impact and Seed Library, Paolo Alto

The East Palo Alto Library in Partnership with Collective Roots opened a Seed Library to celebrate Earth Day April 22nd 2012. This is a video of a tour of the library with some of the key people involved in initiating the project. The East Palo Alto Library community partner is Collective Roots, a nonprofit organization founded in East Palo Alto, CA that “seeks to educate and engage youth and communities in food system change through sustainable programs that impact health, education, and the environment. Collective Roots achieves its mission through the innovative integration and implementation of two key program areas: … Continue reading Social Impact and Seed Library, Paolo Alto