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Andrew Blom
philosophy teacher, peace and social justice educator, dad
philosophy teacher, peace and social justice educator, dad
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I don't always need to be a graphic designer, but when I do, I use +Canva 

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The United States Institute of Peace is offering a fantastic course in the theory and practice of nonviolent civil resistance, and for a limited time enrollment is FREE.  The main instructors include Maria Stephan (co-author of the groundbreaking book Why Civil Resistance Works) and the social justice educator, Daryn Cambridge.

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A commitment to #dialogue  and a commitment to self-care need to go hand in hand.  Akilah Hughes explains the symptoms and treatments for Racial Discussion Fatigue Syndrome (RFDS).  http://shine.forharriet.com/2015/07/akilah-hilariously-explains-racial.html

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"Dialogue is a mutual exchange of knowledge based on one’s experiences in and of the world. Through such collaboration, people are able to transform their lived experiences into knowledge." #dialogue  

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Who hasn't felt the urge to go all 'Office Space' on an appliance?  But is it ok to kick a robot? +WIRED's Jon Mooallem gives characteristically poignant advice.

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"While we concede that the exercise of empathy is, in practice, often far too limited in scope, we dispute the idea that this shortcoming is inherent, a permanent flaw in the emotion itself. Inspired by a competing body of recent research, we believe that empathy is a choice that we make whether to extend ourselves to others. The “limits” to our empathy are merely apparent, and can change, sometimes drastically, depending on what we want to feel."

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The New York Times: Daniel Tiger Becomes a Boy With Autism’s Guide to Social Life. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw3pT7lCA

+Kristy Webber​, check this out

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"Americans’ understanding of transgender people has been shaped recently by the riveting, glamorous lives of the former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner and the actress Laverne Cox. The two, though, are far from representative of an economically disadvantaged community that continues to face pervasive employment discrimination, partly as a result of lagging legal protections."

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FINALLY Google contacts gets refreshed.  

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"Creepy is a more elusive notion than scary. Scary things are the ones that set our imagination to racing with dire scenarios of cyberstalkers, identity thieves or government surveillance — whereas with creepy things, our imagination doesn't really know where to start. There doesn't have to be any concrete threat we can point to. There's only the unease we feel when we realize we've been the object of somebody's unbidden gaze."
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