A court has ruled that a social welfare organization that ran a hospital where the mix-up occurred must pay the man about $317,000 for causing him "mental distress by depriving him of an opportunity to gain a higher education." The 60-year-old man is a truck driver. The boy raised in his place by the rich family became the president of a real estate company.
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From edge.org: http://edge.org/conversation/geoffrey-west
For the past few years Geoffrey West, a physicist former president of SantaFe Institute has been calling for "a science of how city growth affects society and environment".
After years of focusing on scalability of cities and urban environments, West, is now is bringing "some of the powerful techniques, ideas, and paradigms developed in physics over into the biological and social sciences". He is looking at a bigger picture and asking the following question: "to what extent can biology and social organization (which are both quintessential complex adaptive systems) be put in a more quantitative, analytic, mathemitizable, predictive framework so that we can understand them in the way that we understand ‘simple physical systems’?’
Organizing in the Obama Era The Perils and Promise of Civic Mobilization
The Obama campaign vividly demonstrated the power of mass civic participation. But many organizers still struggle with questions of efficacy and legitimacy. Panelists addressed the following questions:
* Can we mobilize large groups of people while also fostering a sense of engagement by individual participants? * How can an organization’s members hold their leaders accountable? * What distinct challenges arise when working with communities that face social, economic, or political marginalization? * How can we apply lessons from electoral campaigns, which are date-specific and focused on candidates, to community- and issue-based organizing?
Veteran organizers Zack Exley, Ai-jen Poo and Zephyr Teachout discussed these and other questions as they drew lessons from past mobilizations—including the Dean and Kerry campaigns, Domestic Workers United, MoveOn.org and others—and offered ideas for building grassroots power today.
Bill Vandenberg, director of the Open Society Institute Democracy and Power Fund, introduced the panel.