Friday, October 13, 2006

Online Shopping Guide


I was sent this awhile ago and I think it is pretty interesting to look at. It can be considered an online shopping guide to known labels/companies/brand names. This site lets you choose what is most important issue(s) to you whether it's the environment, labor issues, human rights, etc., and then it tells you what is the best company to buy from considering the issues you select. I know it is best to buy from local places this site can still be helpful.

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Buy Local Day


I received and email from Global Exchange saying November 18th is Buy Local Day.
I think this would be a good idea for us to try and do, maybe a sub-committee? Or maybe just one of SEA's main project.

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Charles Benjamin


If you happened to miss Charles Benjamin's speech the other night (which soo many did) you can check out this website to see what he talked about and to see what you can do to help this issue of Kansas helping to increase global warming.

Some things that we as a group can do right away:

  • Buy compact fluorescent lights and encourage other students to do so too.
  • Write letters! - to anyone endorsing or allowing these new energy plants to be built
  • Spread the news , inform students through events and tabling- making fliers to pass out info

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Wal-Mart News


Check out these exerpts from this Wal-Mart News article:

"in the next 12 months, starting with a major push this month, Wal-Mart wants to sell every one of its regular customers--100 million in all--one compact fluorescent bulb."

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In the process, it may change energy consumption in the United States, and energy consciousness, too. Teaming up with General Electric, which owns about 60% of the residential lightbulb market in the United States, Wal-Mart wants to single-handedly double U.S. sales for CFLs in a year, and it wants demand to surge forward after that."

What do you think?
I´m confused! Is this a good thing? For all the horrible things Wal-Mart does and has done, is there hope that they are capable of good things?

What about Wal-Mart pushing organic foods? Is this a good thing?

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Take Back the Parking Lot


In case anyone missed the inspiration for our current plot to make a statement and subvert the planned parking garage construction, check out PARKing Day in San Francisco!

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Shaman of the Amazon


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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Instructions


This collective blog will be just that, collective. This means that we all collaborate. Who exactly can collaborate? Anyone in SEA who wants to.

Anyone who wants to join the collective blog must contact the admin to get an invite. The admin is Kevin Champion who can be contacted at kjc6688@ksu.edu. Give him your email and he will send a message with instructions on how to sign up. Becoming a member of the blog allows you to post new posts and edit old ones. Anyone who is a blogger member can comment on previous posts.

The idea for the blog is that now when you run across an article (from the environews section on the website, the collective blog news, or your own web exploration), current event, nifty website, or just think of an idea, you can create a blog post on the collective blog. This can have a link to the news item you read, or it can have the actual text in the blog. In this forum, commenting can ensue so that we can have discussion about the posts. If you watch a video youtube, you can embed it in your blog post for everyone to see right here. If you see some interesting photos, you can put them in your post etc.

What else is possible?

We can have someone in charge (perhaps a new position, perhaps webmaster) of surveying the weekly news and creating an article of the week for discussion. Discussion created on the collective blog can then fuel discussion in person at meetings. This will be a wonderful way to educate ourselves and to get to know one another (that is what it is all about, afterall).

The blog can replace the environews page on the website. However, it does not have to. We can have the blog and the blog comments fed to the environews page on the website (and wherever else). This is the idea about the web coming to us now. What is also possible is that the blog is fed to anyone who is interested in it or participates in it. For example, imagine you open your homepage and up pops a feed with all activity that has happened on the blog since you were last online. Along with this feed, you can have feeds from anything you are interested in. Also possible is having the SEA photos fed to your homepage, along with your bookmarks, your personal links, your favorite internet radio, chatrooms... all coming to you at your homepage. This is the future, well, this is the now!

Much more is possible, and it is only limited by our imaginations. This will be an amazing tool and amazing way of educating ourselves.

If you have questions, post a comment to this post! It is that easy.

All it takes is participation...

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Walk Through


This is the collective blog. It is housed within a service called Blogger Beta.

Above is the title, "Students for Environmental Action, A Collective Blog...".

Here is where the content goes. This is where all the blog entries and comments can be found. Each blog entry can contain text, links, some html, pictures, imbedded movies etc. At the bottom of each entry it shows who made the entry, what labels (tags) this person gave the entry, a place to leave comments about the entry, and a place to subscribe to the RSS of the blog.

Directly below is a slideshow that is constantly accessing and updating SEA photos from the "seaksu" tag on Flickr (more on this in another post).

To the right is a number of things. At the top is the blog archive. This is the table of contents, so to speak, of our collective blog. Each time something is posted, it will show up in the archive. We have several RSS feeds from several different environmental news sources. These are updated constantly. Each news source creates new stories daily. Also amongst the news sources are Diigo social bookmark feeds. These are set to the tag "environment" and "sustainability" (more on Diigo here). At the bottom is "about us" section that shows who has access to post on the collective blog and their profiles.

As this blog grows, we will develop many new features and cosmetic niceties.

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Background


Sick and tired of inefficient uses of the internet, this is an attempt to create dialogue for us in the form of a collective blog. Listservs are horrible! They are a good medium for informing the masses about events, but they are ultimately tied to email, which is not a media for social networking and social creation.


Have you ever read something and you wanted to share it and talk about it with the people in SEA? If you were so moved by it, you would send it over the listserv. But, at the same time you are thinking in the back of your head that you do not want to inundate people´s mailboxes, and even worse, you do not want to give them the idea that they can do it to you! Email is perhaps a dying media. How much time each day do you spend dealing with email? How much time do you think professors spend writing email communications?

This blog was born out of the idea of a need for social communication and social creation in SEA. It will potentially replace the need for the "environews" section of the website, and it will eliminate the need to send current issues communicae over listservs. It will provide a new media for the sharing of articles and current events, and just as importantly, it will provide a forum to discuss these articles and events.

This is web 2.0. This is making the internet efficient. Now we create the content. Now we are all webmasters. Now the internet comes to us.

All it takes is participation...

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