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I am really interested in using different forms of cultural action to help build better communities. Communities are a vital social model, allowing us to tackle problems beyond the ability of individuals with the focus of a defined (usually relatively small) group of people. How do the arts and cultural work in general help communities grow more sustainable futures? If you have a cool website or project or your own ideas on these subjects please let me know.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Radio Waves Rock

I really interesting post at Eyeteeth (probably my single favorite blog, after yours of course) about Radio Anak Kampung Bantar Gebang, located in Bantar Gebang the larges dump in Indonesia. The station provides the ragpickers who earn their living in the dump hope and a chance to communicate to the outside world.

I cherish the hope that this radio will one day send out information about all the problems with which the community of rag-pickers are struggling. At this moment the rag-pickers need protection. If any of them should meet an accident, let's say wounded by a sharp object while turning over some garbage, or hit by a garbage tractor, it would be nice if the radio could announce it, so that help would be coming. We rag-pickers often have problems; if one of us gets sick, no one would care. And if that illness gets worse, the patient surely dies. The radio should give information about people in trouble.

The post is also has a lot of information on other alternative media (mostly radio) that focuses on social justice.

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