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Bhiamie Eckford-Williamson - Blog 2: Research, Resilience and Longing

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My mind feels like a clogged drain lately. Information and ideas are trickling through slowly, yet the process is slow and arduous. Even though the ideas eventually make their way through, the length of time it takes causes frustration, worsening the blockage and compounding the effect. I am hoping the process of writing this Blog acts as ‘draino’, clearing the blockage, releasing the flow of information in a steady and reliable manner once gain.

Joel Toorenburgh - Blog 6: The Bubble

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**Disclaimer: The following is personal blog based on my individual experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh.** 

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. 

― Paulo Freire

When we aren’t directly confronted with an issue, it’s easy to ignore it. When we don’t know an issue, when we don’t see it, or we aren’t informed of the stakes at play, it’s really really easy to ignore it. 

Danae Zachari – Blog 5: Forced Migration

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In this blog post I briefly discuss the work of Foucault and Agamben, two of my favourite theorists, on biopolitics. They explore the relation between human life and political power, and discuss how a sovereign's power enables the killing of those perceived to be a threat to the overall population. This power often leads to discrimination and to the justification of brutal acts. Then, I briefly discuss one of my roles at MSRI and some of my views on qualitative and quantitative studies.

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Kimberly Copeland - Blog 6: Social Enterprise Opportunities for Malaysian NGOs

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A recent opportunity at MSRI I have been able to collaborate on is MSRI’s vocational training program-turned social enterprise, CINTA. CINTA targets the female refugee and asylum-seeker population of MSRI and hopes to provide them with the technical skills to make handicrafts such as jewelry, handbags, napkins, aprons, etc. that are sold in fairs, bazaars, and private functions. The money collected from these events becomes a source of revenue for the women (and their families) who participate in the program.

Claire Horwood - Blog 7: The Complexity of Language

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“Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience -- to appreciate the fact that life is complex.” - Scott Peck

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Sidney Moss - Blog 6: To Be Notified Is Not To Be Noticed

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The difference between 'notified' and 'non-notified' informal settlements is not always obvious; nonetheless, it is important to understand the significance and meaning of each title. This is a topic that has confused me as much as it has interested me, so bear with me as I attempt to unpack some of the complexities within this topic. 

Emma De Vynck - Blog 7: Student Thoughts on Music

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This month I share some SDC students' thoughts on music. Music is such a key part of life at SDC--I have been looking forward to writing about it. My hope in this post is that the reader gathers a bit of a sense of student perspectives, and perhaps experiences some of the jovial musical atmosphere that permeates this place. 

 

 

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Kieran Stevens - Blog 2: Podcast Interview Show Extravaganza: Migration Trends, Construction Worker Rights, and the Economic Costs of Development

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Hey, potential listener(s)! That is optimistic. This is me interviewing a number folks about a number of things. It also has a gimmick... You'll figure that out quick. Oh boy. Don't judge me too harshly for the weirdness and low quality production values (All sound effects and music used is free use). Enjoy.

Obviously this is all my point of view and doesn't reflect CAPI, RMMRU, or the organizations I have been working with. Everyone else has something like this at the top of their blogs, but better written. You get the idea though. 

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Kenda Chang-Swanson - Blog 6: Learnings about open defecation in the context of India

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Open defecation.

Before coming to intern in India, I had not heard very much about the issues and implications of open defecation in many parts of the world. Conversations about global issues of inequality and social justice, usually are centred around other basic human needs such as food, water and shelter and so on. Yet, the more that I’m learning about open defecation and its related issues the more I have realised what a crucial issue it is for the health, safety, and dignity of huge numbers of people around the world—particularly in India.