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4 From Komsomol’tsy-Dobrovol’tsy to Entrepreneurial Volunteers: Technologies of Kindness

Julie Hemment Indiana University Press ePub

THIS CHAPTER CONSIDERS A THEME THAT ANIMATED MANY state-run youth projects and which featured prominently at Seliger 2009: the promotion of youth voluntarism. Voluntarism was one of eight thematic sessions launched at Seliger 2009. Understanding our interest in the topic, Vitaly brought promotional materials about this session, which included brochures and a video, to our miniconference when he visited in May 2009. After congratulating us on our work (“There are a lot of voluntary projects taking shape now, but there is very little theoretical understanding”), Vitaly urged the students in the room to participate. “I hope that some of you will attend this important session,” he said, explaining that voluntarism [volonterstvo] was one of the priority directions of the Russia 2020 project, the youth program laid out by the Federal Youth Affairs Agency (Rosmolodezh). Unlike the play of patriotism and entrepreneurship observed in state-run youth projects so far, this one introduced a new and seemingly transcendent theme to the table: human kindness. However, it was rather jarringly linked to technology. Indeed, here the Russian state screamed its governing intent: the session was called “Technologies of Kindness” [Tekhnologiia dobra].

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14. Is COPS Coming to Your Neighborhood?

Mary Beth Rogers University of North Texas Press PDF


Is COPS Coming to Your Neighborhood?

New York, 1986

Texas Lieutenant Governor William P. Hobby Jr. and I share a cab to La Guardia Airport on a crisp fall afternoon. It is one of those interminable rides out of Manhattan, with the mix of high speed, quick stops, and long waits that sends most Texans in New York into orbit. But I am relatively free of anxiety because we have plenty of time before our plane departs and

Hobby is calm because . . . Hobby is always calm, sometimes even maddeningly so.

We have been in New York to see the bond rating agencies about the financial condition of the State of Texas, which has not been good since the price of oil slipped from $21 to $11 a barrel. Wall Street is wary of Texas' ability to meet its obligations, and we have been part of a delegation to reassure investment bankers and bond analysts that state officials will behave responsibly and with fiscal "prudence." No one in the state can do a better job of reassuring Wall Street than quiet, seriouseven shy-Bill Hobby, who since 1972 has stood guard against extremism in Texas government.

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Chapter 10 Knowledge Is Power

Hartmann, Thom Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

One of the primary elements of a true, functioning, representative democratic republic, like we aim for here in the United States, is that its citizens be well informed.

When Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to his friend J. Correa de Serra on January 28, 1786, and said, “Our liberty depends upon the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost,” he was assuming that Americans knew how to read their daily newspapers.

Not anymore. A 2005 study by the National Center for Education Statistics revealed that about 5 percent of the adults in the United States are not literate in English, meaning 11 million people lack the skills to handle many everyday tasks. Some 30 million adults, or 14 percent of the population, have “below basic” skills in prose. Their ability is so limited that they may not be able to make sense of a simple pamphlet, for example. Another 95 million adults, or 44 percent of the population, have intermediate prose skills, meaning they can do only moderately challenging activities. An example would be consulting a reference book to determine which foods contain a certain vitamin.1

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7 Proclaiming Amnesty, Constructing Peace: Oil and the Silencing of Violence

Omolade Adunbi Indiana University Press ePub

Boko Haram—100k/month,
Minimum wage (civil service)—18,900/month.
Choose your career wisely


ON A HOT Sunday afternoon in June 2011 at an elementary school in the Rumuola area of Port Harcourt, many youths had gathered for a soccer game between two opposing teams. The elementary school, like many in the region, is decrepit. There are no windows in the classrooms, the science laboratory exists in name only, and the soccer field is dilapidated. The game was organized by a group of youths, and I had been recruited as a coach for one of the teams. Soccer is my favorite pastime, and I played with many of the good friends I made while doing fieldwork in the Niger Delta. It is extremely popular throughout Nigeria, and often renders ethnic alliances irrelevant. It is only during soccer games that many Nigerians rally around the national flag. Politicians and militants both use soccer games to promote their causes, and games serve as organizing platforms. At the end of every game in the Delta, youths will gather to discuss the conflict in the region.

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Edited by Sharon A. Navarro and Rodolfo Rosales University of North Texas Press PDF


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