Science Fiction and the Post-Ferguson World: “There Are as Many Ways to Exist as We Can Imagine”
by Mary HansenDec 03, 2014
- Radical science fiction and fantasy are a remedy for the belief that there is no alternative to the violence and inequality that surround us.
An Alaska Native Myth Tells of a Never-Ending Blizzard—Now You Can Learn About It on Xbox
by Christopher Zumski FinkeNov 21, 2014
- The first video game developed by an indigenous-owned company uses gaming’s immersive storytelling style to connect players with Alaska Native culture.
The Hunger Games Are Back: “Saw Mockingjay—Now I Want to Go Solve All the World's Problems”
by Christopher Zumski FinkeNov 21, 2014
- Check out #MyHungerGames—the latest installment of fan activism that gets young people talking about real-life inequality.
The Avengers Join Guardians of the Galaxy and Other Marvel Heroes to Make Bullying History
by Christopher Zumski FinkeOct 30, 2014
- “The center of Marvel’s storytelling history is the eternal struggle between good and evil, with many of its greatest superheroes having to contend with—and rise above—bullying, in all its forms.”
Before the Zombie Apocalypse—These 4 Trade Deals Were Ravaging the World!
by James Trimarco, Marc J. PalmOct 29, 2014
- Forget ghouls and goblins. From deregulating Wall Street to shredding environmental and labor protections—these policy monsters are way scarier.
Melting “Future” Statue Captures a City’s Imagination
Sep 26, 2014
- “By the end of the day The Future will be reduced to a puddle of melt water. But hundreds of people will have engaged with it: touched it, photographed it, talked about it, posted or tweeted about it.”
This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road”
by Christopher Zumski FinkeSep 12, 2014
- A future where India is the major world superpower, gender is flexible, and energy comes from waves? This writer’s version of the near future feels much more real than apocalyptic nightmares we’ve come to dread.
A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
by Molly RuskAug 06, 2014
- StreetToolbox offers new tools for the political communicator—from a remote controlled car that writes messages in colored sand to a kit that turns your bike into a mobile printing press.
This East LA Band's Rebel Version of "La Bamba" Speaks Out Against Racism
by Christine St. PierreJun 06, 2014
- Las Cafeteras uses acoustic instruments and punk attitude to spread their message of social justice and equality.
Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute
by Christopher Zumski FinkeJun 03, 2014
- Thai protestors borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight new national curfew and banned public gatherings.
Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace
May 28, 2014
- In Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," we can sense the poet's yearning for a more peaceful and loving future.
From Stand-up to Twitter, A New Generation’s Fresh Take on Storytelling
by Sarah van GelderMay 23, 2014
- Today's storytellers show that each of us can be part of something more powerful, diverse, and creative than we might have imagined.
How Macklemore's Trumpet Player Is Bringing Music Back to His Kenyan Hometown
May 06, 2014
- The Madaraka festival is a celebration of African cultural heritage and modern-day entrepreneurship—and the proceeds will help build a recording studio for 68 youth in Kenya.
The Game of Thrones Rape Scene: Why We Can't Pretend It Never Happened
by Christopher Zumski FinkeMay 05, 2014
- Pretending that a rape never happened is a problem—regardless of whether it took place in fiction or reality.
Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US
Apr 03, 2014
- The Swahili word "madaraka" means "self-realization." The festival bearing that name seeks to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives, their communities, and the world.