Simmons World Challenge: Consumption Scan #3

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It was interesting to see how Best Buy was having a particularly successful season. The shelves were pretty well-emptied, and it was only by chance my sister was able to find the two DVDs she did: it was like searching for needles in a haystack. Where the haystack is Best Buy. And instead of hay, there are hundreds of shelves where DVDs should be.

This is my third and final consumption scan! Scattered with a tad more humor than the last two I’ve written, I hope you enjoy it. The link can be followed here: http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/consumption-scan-3-best-buy.html

Simmons World Challenge: Consumption Scan #2

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Garbage is definitely taboo. It’s gross and no one likes to think about where it goes after it hits our Hefty bags.

This is the second of three consumption scans I am doing for SWC. It encourages us to look at our waste and recycling, and determine what we can do better in the future. Also explored in this blog is the importance of recycling education, and mobilizing a new generation of global citizens.

The link to read this blog is: http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/consumption-scan-2-where-oh-where-does.html

Simmons World Challenge: Consumption Scan #1

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I own 10 pairs of boots (including my horseback riding boots), 4 pairs of flats, 2 pairs of sneakers, and 3 pairs of what we’ll call “other.” What can be determined, aside from the fact I like boots? It’s too much. It really is too much for one person. It blatantly disregards the anatomically inevitable that I have just two feet, which lend themselves to one pair of shoes at a time. So why do I overbuy?

A simple scan of my closet at home and at Simmons showed some really scary results. At some point, everyone should do a “Consumption Scan” and truly look into what they need, versus what they want when it comes to purchasing power. What is it about consumer culture that draws us in? All that, and more, in my next blog post. Follow the link below to read!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/consumption-scan-1-dreaded-closet.html

Simmons World Challenge: Visualization

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But the gist of the message is consistent: Much of the wealth gap in the world is to blame for the belief that we, as first world citizens, own the planet and its precious resources, in the same way big corporations “own” our representatives in government. This pompous nature may be mildly empowering, but it is mainly debilitating.

For the next section of Simmons World Challenge, I had to watch “The Story of Stuff” and “Doing Better with Less”. Read about the wealth gap, consumerism, and social efficiency. The link to the Blogspot on which my thoughts and analyses are posted is below. Enjoy!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/visualization-story-of-stuff-and-doing.html

Simmons World Challenge: Social Entrepreneurship

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It’s important in the weeks ahead to develop something sustainable, a word I may be behind in thinking of as not just a way to keep the environment clean and healthy, but a word that refers to the longevity of big ideas in social entrepreneurship.

In the too-hectic week between Christmas and New Year’s, I’ve been frantically reading and writing to prepare for the upcoming weeks of research and lectures for Simmons World Challenge. My next blog post on Blogger (which follows my growth on matters of sustainability, consumption, and social justice) is posted in the link below. It comes after I read Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know by David Bornstein and Susan Davis, both accomplished individuals in their respective fields.

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2014/12/social-entrepreneurship-art-of-meshing.html

I hope you’ll continue to follow my posts and ideas in the weeks ahead, and Happy New Year!

Simmons World Challenge: A New Adventure

hands-on-world1As some of you may know, I am beginning a new journey ay Simmons College. Over the winter break, I will be participating in Simmons World Challenge, a program that can best be described as an exclusive opportunity for twenty students of the sophomore class (Class of 2017) to explore their world through a series of special lectures, field trips, and research opportunities.

This year’s World Challenge topic is sustainability as it relates to social justice. A lot of this program will require self-reflection, which will be done in a blog format.

I have attached the link to my blog designed especially for the Simmons World Challenge, so you can follow my growth and development on the subjects as I learn more about the topics (and myself!) in the next few months.

I will also post here, on my original blog, to update when I have posted in my World Challenge blog. Happy reading!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/

Political Science Department hosts midterm panel

From the most recent issue of The Simmons Voice: Political Science Department hosts midterm panel.

Professor makes a difference in Afghanistan

One of my professors at Simmons is inspirational. She started her own organization, Afghanistan Samsortya, in 2008 to help revitalize the land in eastern Afghanistan. By planting trees and implementing irrigation systems in the area, Professor Mariam Raqib has done her part to be a “global citizen.”

Read more on her and her organization in my article from this week’s issue of The Simmons Voice:

Professor makes a difference in Afghanistan.

Syrian conflicts continue between government, rebels

Also from this week, at The Voice

The Simmons Voice

By Amanda Bibbins
Staff Writer

Syria has been the focus of international attention for months now, but among its list of political and military woes is President Bashar al-Assad regime’s new campaigns against rebel fighters.

The Syrian government is leading ground and air strikes against more than ten opposition fronts. These rebel groups do not include the threat presented by ISIS. With a coalition of countries including the U.S. now working to fight the Islamic State, the Assad government has turned its attention back to the rebel fighters that have presented a threat to the security of the regime for over 3 years.

This has caused confusion and concern as the United States aids the Syrian government in leading attacks against the Islamic State, where previously Assad was widely believed to be a war criminal. Some claim that the intervention to combat ISIS fighters has given the Assad regime more…

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Mass. governor race a toss-up

From this week, at The Voice

The Simmons Voice

By Amanda Bibbins
Staff Writer

With elections right approaching rapidly, it’s important to know the defining races that could determine the future of our political landscape.

Among the most pressing gubernatorial races is in Massachusetts. Democrat Martha Coakley, well known for being the Commonwealth’s first female Attorney General, is running against Republican candidate Charlie Baker.

Baker is known as a successful businessman in both the public and private sectors, having worked as a CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and former Secretary of Administration and Finance under previous governors.

Although Real Clear Politics’ poll average has Baker up by 4.5 points as of Sunday, the race has been declared a “toss up” by RCP, making this race among the most closely followed nationwide.

Real Clear Politics has 45 Democratic seats in the Senate listed as “safe or not up for election,” and 45 Republican seats listed the same. This leaves…

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