Possible Readings for

S. Challenging Existing Structures

George Lakoff

“Eleven Steps for Progressives,” an excerpt from Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate — The Essential Guide for Progressives by George Lakoff, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2004, 5 p.

Strategic political suggestions for countering conservative initiatives.

Improving Effectiveness

“Marshall Ganz on Civic Participation and Effective Organizing,” an interview by Doug Gavel, Kennedy School of Government, May 9, 2006, 6 p.

How can we enhance the capacity of civic associations, advocacy groups, and social movements?

“National Purpose, Local Action: Organizational Effectiveness of Sierra Club Groups and Chapters — Report Digest,” by Kenneth Andrews, et al., September 10, 2005, 12 p.

An analysis of the Sierra Club’s structure and suggestions for making it more effective.

Socially Responsible Investments

“Gates Foundation May Shift Billions into Ethical Stocks after Attack on Investments,” by Sarah Boseley, UK Guardian, January 12, 2007, 3 p.

Bill and Melinda Gates are to lead a wholesale review of their investments, which could lead to them shifting billions of dollars out of companies that are socially irresponsible or harm human health.

“Welcome to ‘Whole-Mart’: Rotten Apples in the Social Responsibility Industry,” by Mark T. Harris, Dissent, Winter 2006, 16 p.

Although most Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) firms claim to bar investments in tobacco, alcohol, gambling, or weapons manufacturing, they ignore the one issue that ought to be a defining one for anyone who claims to stand for social and economic justice — union-busting.

“Debating Social Investing,” letters to the editor of Dissent by Amy Domini, Founder and CEO, Domini Social Investments and Milton Moskowitz, co-author of Fortune’s annual survey, “The 200 Best Companies to Work For,” responding to “Welcome to ‘Whole-Mart’: Rotten Apples in the Social Responsiblity Industry,” by Mark T. Harris, Dissent, Spring 2007, 7 p.

Do Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) companies fight for workers?