Photograph by Wolfgang Tillmans.

Is there anything more radical than to propose to change the world? You know this because you share this dream with us, and though the truth be repeated, because we dream it together.

Subcommandante Marcos of the Zapatistas

 This is my effort to keep up with what’s going on in the world. From Burma to Congo to Darfur to Chiapas to Guatemala to New Orleans to Iraq to…Well needless to say there’s a lot to keep up with.

The good news is we’re all connected to rad people the world over reading grassroots news and working within movements surrounding these issues. Let’s keep each other informed!

The idea of this blog is to have lots of people posting to it about what they know, news they’ve heard, and work they’re doing. Updates, news stories, awareness raising, and of course opinions and discussions.

If you read a post that makes you think, leave a response! If you have something you want to create a post about, write it up and send it to me at orlemanski@gmail.com and I’ll publish it. OR, if you’re interested in posting on a regular basis I can make you an author. Just let me know!

Responsibility to Protect,
Katie Orlemanski


3 Responses

  1. I saw your post on THREE CUPS OF TEA and decided to write to tell you about a book that Doubleday is publishing MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE by Bill Strickland

    Last November I flew to Pittsburgh to meet Bill Strickland. All I knew was that he had built a center in the middle of the ghetto, six blocks from where he grew up, and “was saving the lives of troubled youths and disadvantaged adults through arts and education.” Exactly what that meant didn’t hit home for me until I stepped foot inside his building and met the man himself.

    Bill started off his center, The Manchester Craftsman’s Guild in a row-house that was donated by the local church. His method for getting kids out of trouble and off the street was simple: physically take them and show them how to work with clay. As word traveled from person to person and school to school, he no longer had to go seeking them; they came to him and his little center grew to become a world-class facility.

    Designed by one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s students, the center is bathed in sunlight despite the cold and snowy November day, fresh flowers are everywhere, and a buzz of activity from both students and adults is in the air. The flowers are not just any flowers, but prize-winning orchids grown in their state-of-the-art greenhouse just next door. Some might ask what a poverty program needs a greenhouse for and to that Bill would be the first to say that it is NOT a poverty program. It is a training program for poor people and why shouldn’t poor people be given a sanctuary from the streets where they see no light ahead of them? By teaching them horticulture, along with culinary, computer, mathematics, chemistry, ceramics, photography, and much more, Bill is helping to change the conversation and help them see that they have a future outside of what they know. In building this world-class facility, he is helping to create world-class citizens.

    Over the years I have worked with many different authors, all with their own unique backgrounds. Bill is the first author whose story has brought tears to my eyes, has received a standing ovation at every speech I have seen him give, and has even tempted me to leave my job so that I might follow in his footsteps. Luckily for me, Bill’s message also shows us that we don’t need to do anything that drastic. There is always something we can do right in our own backyard that will make a difference in people’s lives. It is my hope that in writing this letter and offering you a complimentary copy of MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE, you too will be inspired by his remarkable life and share it with your blog readers.

    I look forward to hearing from you and getting your mailing address to send you a free copy of this amazing new book.

    To find out more about Bill, the book and view a video of him please visit http://www.bill-strickland.org.

    To see more about the center in Pittsburgh watch: http://youtube.com/watch?v=qg4bqejzCkc

    Meredith McGinnis
    E: mmcginnis@randomhouse.com

  2. Hi Katie, I came across your blog by accident as I was searching for people who are writing about changing the world. It is surprising at how few names come up when you Google it. As a student in International Project Management I am looking forward to seeing what your experiencing first hand in the coming years. It might sound weird but it feels like my soul is calling out for it.

    I also have a blog about inspiring the average person to change the world. If your interested its at balanceonearth.blogspot.com.

    The second reason I am contacting you is because I have started a facebook page at http://wluca.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7276749351
    I am not sure if you yourself are a member, but the basic idea is to provide a venue for people to share ideas and information about changing the world. I would very much like to include your blog on this page with your permission.

    If you have any other ideas or people you are connected with that may also be interested I would love to hear about it. Thank you so much for you consideration,

    Corey Norman

  3. Good Morning: I am from Colombia and at this moment we are creating support group that want to protect and heal the maltreat animals; as Developing Country Colombia does not make accomplish Human Rights neither Animal Rights. Because of that, our world’s conception is that if you feel a part of the nature and not just a manager. You can comprenhend and help people and the rest of living creatures.

    We want to change the world too.

    Best Regards,


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