The Creating Social Good network brings together academics, practitioners and activists that share a sense of belonging to our diverse global community. It provides an opportunity to share reflective stories about everyday practices of defining, planning for and creating social good in localities around the world.
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- respectful of others and of their opinions and experiences;
- careful to avoid being offensive to others;
- open to new ideas and to contributing positively to each others' ideas.
If you would like to join the network to contribute your stories and to join the online conversations about organising for social good, we invite you to become a member.
Submitted by svetlana on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 16:45
Submitted by johnlannon on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 17:28
A friend recently posted a link to an article about a movement formed to combat the proliferation of drugs in an inner city community in the 1990s. It was a mobilisation of working class activists with limited education and almost no resources, and they were responding to the local community’s disaffection with government failure to take action to address the drugs problem. The community based movement was successful insofar as the tragic litany of deaths linked to drug addiction finally started to diminish.
Submitted by katiecollins on Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:06
Every time I see the phrase social good I take a breath and prepare to give the benefit of the doubt. Doubt? Yes. Because all too often, the ‘social good’ seems to be invoked by people who live comfortable lives free from oppression or discrimination, as a reason why those who don’t have such an easy time ought to change something about themselves; their behaviour, their emotions.
Submitted by eamonnolaocha on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 02:35
I have been struggling to clarify for myself what I understand by "creating social good". However, each attempt to do so leaves me more frustrated in my inability to express clearly what I feel I understand deeply.
Perhaps I am trying too hard to state definitively a notion that owes its power not to precise definition but to its relevance in specific contexts and instances. A notion more at home in stories and testimony than in criteria, rules and algorithms.
Might it be that creating social good, like friendship and joy, can not be reduced to definitive criteria or universal rules but only becomes evident in concrete circumstances?