Social change and our current complex social issues require creative thinking and new and innovative ways of moving the needle towards a more just community. Susie Paterson joined us again on air to discuss how humor can be used in community organizing efforts and she made the case for humor as a valuable tool for social change efforts. Have a listen to hear about how humor can be used to make our communities a better (and perhaps more fun?) place to live.
Archive for the ‘RadioActive Show Archive’ Category
This week on Radioactive we dropped it old school. Joining me on air was the infamous (and original host of RadioActive) Mr. Mike Matthiesen. We spent the hour in a cloud of philosophical musings around the normative (and he argued, manipulative) uses and implications of statistics in our modern world. We had a little too much fun “unpacking” the naturalization of numbers and statistics in our current political and economic institutions and debated about the relevance and ‘gospel’ like power that statistics hold. All in all some good fun from two people who like to think we are experts on everything philosophical, but know in fact we are not. Join the conversation at email@example.com!
This Sunday we were joined in Studio by members of the Miami Committee on State Violence (MCSV).
Over the past many months, issues of state violence in America have been fervently bubbling to the surface. Protests have erupted around the country and globe. Questions are now being asked about how this moment in time, and how this movement for social justice will affect our generation and the reality in which we live. Many are asking themselves – what can we/should we expect of ourselves, our communities and our larger political and state structures as we move forward. With that in mind, this week on RadioActive, we attempted to open a space for critical dialogue on the current movement for social justice. Our conversation included: What is state violence, what the MCSV is working to accomplish, the history of resistance in the US and South Florida, disruption and protest as valid forms social change, the militarization and finally the need to revive diverse forms of political engagement. Thank you to our listeners for engaging in the conversation. It is one we hope to continue in the new year.
RadioActive: The road to ‘you know where’ is paved with good intentions: Can ecological theory change our course?
This Sunday we were joined by the “Community Psychology Rockstar” Dr. Ed Trickett who engaged us in a thought provoking dialogue about ecological theory as a way to understand and interact with our social worlds.
Thinking ecologically in terms of our social world is a relatively new idea. According to Ed we have yet to fully incorporate our knowledge and understanding of social ecology into thinking, actions, and research with communities. As a renowned Community Psychologist, Ed, who has spent much of his career developing and working within the ecological framework, took us through his understanding of ecology. Ed discussed with us the implications of continuing to locate social issues within individuals rather than understanding the complex relationships we all have to our local and global environments and tackled listener questions on policy as well as tangible examples of what ecological theory can look like in our community work.
This Sunday we looked back on the 1st South Florida Anti-Poverty Summit, co-sponsored by Catalyst Miami, the Center for American Progress and Half in Ten. Joining us on air was the always awesome Kamalah Fletcher and Carla Strickland from Catalyst Miami to share in what was learned and where need to go next. The summit brought together State and local politicians, leaders, academics and community residents to address poverty from the position of the complexity inherent in addressing poverty: Education and criminalization, financial security, health, and housing and transportation. Each topic was tackled by a diverse group of people working to identify ways in which we can build the momentum of our movement to end poverty in South Florida.
This week on RadioActive we shook it up! Normally we take this time to talk about social change and ways to challenge the dominant narratives in our society. But as all of you fine folks know, trying to change the world can be exhausting, so we spent this week talking about creative forms of self-care. Sara Green joined us from Vanderbilt University to share with us her concept of Embodied Divinity. This concept is a movement-based practice that invites participants into a space exploring the value and magic of bodies, bodies in community, and care, derived from womanist ethics. Sara discussed why it is important to understand our bodies and how to care for them in a complex and kinetic way, in order to sustain the important work of social change and avoid burn-out.
Listen here: RadioActive – Avoiding Activist burnout: Helping ourselves so we can change the world! by MixCloud
This past Sunday, Dr. Beth Harry, professor and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Department in the School of Education and Human Development, joined us on air to explore issues of the disproportionality of minority students in Special Education. Taking us through her own in depth, ethnographic research, she wove a stark narrative for minority children and their relationship to Special Education. We dove into the issues and implications of these outcomes and took a storytelling journey through disproportionality in our education system and how other systems intersect to perpetuate inequality in our communities and society.
Community….that warm and fuzzy place where we feel like we belong, sing kumbaya and live happily ever after…right? But what is Community? What makes up our sense of community? Why is this something that may be worth focusing some intentional energy towards? Joining me to talk about some of our own work in building community, this past Sunday, was a fellow PhD student Candalyn Rade from North Carolina State University. We dug into the construct of “Community” with some theoretical ways of thinking about the strengths and risks of building our own communities. We shared some of our learning from one of our projects aimed at building up the community within the South East Region of our national organization for Community Psychology (the Society for Community Research and Action, SCRA). We then discussed how our learning might be useful in campus and neighbourhood life as we think about the diverse communities we all find ourselves in.
RadioActive – But ‘evidence based practice’ sounds so pretty! The ethical dilemmas and limitations of prevention science
Joining us on air this past Sunday was Dr. Scot Evans, faculty member extraordinaire in the School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Evans shared with us his critique and thoughts on the limitations and ethical dilemmas of what we call ‘prevention science’: the application of science to preventing human suffering. As a critical researcher Dr. Evans helped clarify why (and when) it can in fact be harmful to apply ‘evidence-based programs’ that emerge from Prevention Science to communities that are not made to adapt to a communities needs and/or relevant to the local context or aimed at the root causes of the human suffering we are working to address.
Social Theory may, to many, seem irrelevant to our everyday lives, difficult to understand and downright dry. That is until you hear it from the mouth of Dr. John Murphy from the Faculty of Sociology at UM. Dr. Murphy joined us on air to explain how theory can connect to our everyday lives, and he went on to tell us how theory can impact us in how we conceptualize and act towards social change. What better way to dip our toes into the proverbial sea of social theory, then to have a theorist join us on air to push us to think about theory and its connection to the practical world in new and exciting ways. Dr. Murphy provides the necessary definitions, context and tangible on the ground examples to highlight the importance and all around awesomeness of social theory!