Hi everyone,A quick intro - I started a nonprofit called The S.W.A.P. Team in June 2009 to encourage the redistribution of clothing as a means of combatting overconsumption. Since we started, we have exchanged over 12,000 pieces of clothing, and have donated over half of that to local charities.Recently, we have embarked on a journey with another nonprofit called Montreal Couture (whose mission is to bring overseas clothing production back to Montreal) and accessories designer Deborah Adams to create a pair of upcycled leather handbags which we will sell as a fundraiser for both causes.The bags will be offered in an online pre-sale later this month. We'll only be producing the number of orders that come in so that there is no excess inventory or overconsumption. We hope that you will support us and help us to spread the word by becoming a fan on our Facebook page or signing up for our newsletter.You can learn more about The S.W.A.P. Team at:http://www.theswapteam.orghttp://www.facebook.com/theswapteamhttp://www.twitter.com/swap_teamThanks to all for your support!
Please allow me to introduce myself... I'm a puppet with wrath and taste. (erm...)Hi :) My name's Gus, and for the past year I've been producing a small online media literacy show which builds on my early interest in Adbusters. We've just joined LiveJournal because we like the community here -- there's a great mix of fan production and media critique. We welcome any feedback, questions, collaboration requests, tasty foods, etc that you might like to send our way.Here's an episode we produced recently doing some culture jamming on Oscar Meyer and houseparty.com -- the latter is an attempt to get you to advertise to your friends in the comfort of your own home. It's a little longer than most of our episodes because we really couldn't bear to cut out any of the bits with the drag nuns:Check our channel for more vids. Anyway, pleased ta meetcha :) hope to see you all around the LJ.
Hello! I've just started a non-profit organization called The S.W.A.P. Team, and we organize large-scale clothing swaps to benefit local communities. We're looking for community-oriented activists to help us bring our popular event to more cities! Everyone who we work with is a volunteer and none of us are paid. However, since we do have some sponsorships and funding, The S.W.A.P. Team does provide centralized logistics, marketing and PR support, which really helps to get the word out and create a feeling of a broader "movement" - one of sharing and consumption awareness - which are critical to our mission. Our web site is going live at the end of this month and we have already secured dates in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Want to get involved in your city? Please post any questions here or email me at aleece (dot) germano (at) gmail (dot) com. Let's talk swap! Aleece p.s. you can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook for news and event updates. Thanks!
Check out this short clip from saturday night live: Don't Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford WARNING: there may be a commercial at the beginning.
I think the credit crisis and bailouts are putting some of the big dysfunctional elements of our system in the spotlight, and that can't be a bad thing.
"Terror marketing, or toxic marketing, is one area of negative psychological triggering that works when the target demographic has developed resistance to mass-marketing techniques. In some sense, all black metal relies on toxic marketing. Most horror films use toxic marketing, and a great example comes from the 1990 film Crazy People, in which an advertising executive places an ad for a film called The Freak with a tagline that states "This film won't just scare you, this film will fuck you up for life." http://www.publicindividual.com/memetics/page59.html
NATIONWIDE PROTEST NOVEMBER 2239 STATESPROTEST FOR THE REPEAL OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE ACThttp://endthefed.us
The rand corporation published this white-paper on the subject that I think many of you may find interesting. (Not surprisingly, many of these are ideas I played with liberally during the creation of my 2nd novel, Fallen Nation.)
"Editors’ abstract. As with other new modes of conflict, the practice of netwar is ahead of theory. In this concluding chapter, we suggest how the theory of netwar may be improved by drawing upon academic perspectives on networks, especially those devoted to organizational network analysis. Meanwhile, strategists and policymakers in Washington, and elsewhere, have begun to discern the dark side of the network phenomenon, especially among terrorist and criminal organizations. But they still have much work to do to harness the bright side, by formulating strategies that will enable state and civil-society actors to work together better."
Why have the members assumed a network form? Why do they remainin that form? Networks, like other forms of organization, are held together by the narratives, or stories, that people tell.The kind of successful narratives that we have in mind are not simply rhetoric—not simply a “line” with “spin” that is “scripted” for manipulative ends. Instead, these narratives provide a grounded expression of people’s experiences, interests, and values.First of all, stories express a sense of identity and belonging—who “we” are, why we have come together, and what makes us different from “them.” Second, stories communicate a sense of cause, purpose, and mission. They express aims and methods as well as cultural dispositions—what “we” believe in, and what we mean to do, and how.