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July 6, 2011

Map of Wisrville

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To help you Visit Our Blogs, here’s the Directory of Our Blogs—the web address/link, contact information for each blog’s author(s), and a brief description of the scope, content and purpose of each blog.

The Home Page: ]: WISR’s premier web community for social change

Contact: WISR administration [ ], including John Bilorusky, PhD, WISR President [ ]
This is the site for recent news about the WISR community, announcements of upcoming events, online learning content, and blogs hosted by WISR students, faculty, alumni and friend—on topics related to progressive social change, alternative and innovative higher education and adult learning, participatory action-research, multiculturality and community improvement efforts.

A. Blogs by the WISR Community

1. Action Research [] : WISR’s methods for inquiry and social change

Authors: WISR Faculty and Students, contact John Bilorusky, WISR Core Faculty [ ], and others.
This is WISR’s blog and library of readings and resources on action-research. This is also the place to find news about upcoming and past WISR seminars on action-research, as well as discussions about issues, ideas and methods raised in those seminars. “Action-Research”–which at WISR includes qualitative approaches to social research, participatory research, community-based action-inquiry, and related methods–is a core area of knowledge, expertise and concern among WISR faculty, students and alumni. This blog is a new, and central, vehicle for learning more about WISR’s approaches to action-inquiry, in general, and some of the specific action-research pursuits of members of the WISR community, in particular. This blog is also WISR’s alternative to traditional online classes–it is WISR’s online approach to collaborative inquiry and study in the many facets of action-research.

2. Commons [ ] : A place for the WISR Community to communicate

Authors: WISR Community, contact: Marilyn Jackson and John Bilorusky, WISR Core Faculty [ and ]
“Commons” is a blog for members of the WISR community who want to engage in discussion about a variety of topics. The intent with this blog
is for the WISR community to have a place to communicate about for instance, what individuals are working on or comments related to seminars.
To those readers who aren’t part of WISR’s programs, we welcome your comments and hope that you will tell us how what you read relates to your experience. We see ourselves as builders of knowledge and hope you will join us on this path.

3. WISR Fundraisers [ ] : Fundraising ideas to support WISR and our students

Primary Author: Richard Lawrence, M. Div, Vice President fo Institutional Development at WISR [ ]
This blog is for any student who needs money to support his/her education at WISR. We will offer workshops and resources and hope to create some helpful dialogue on this blog. Your participation is critical, and we welcome your sharing leads on possible grant sources and successes you have had in your fundraising efforts.

B. Blogs by WISR Groups

1. Youth Development[ ]: Learners coming together to empower ourselves and communities and collaboratively inquire on social issues

Authors: WISR students. Contact: Jill Arrington[], WISR MA student or Marilyn Jackson [ ]
This blog is a collaborative effort involving a number of WISR students and colleagues, all of whom are involved in various ways in promoting and developing programs and opportunities for youth. Topics include gangs, removing stigmas and building assets, foster care youth aging out of the system, gay teens, bullying self-confidence, African American males between 16 and 24 who are disconnected from education and/or work, anxiety in elementary kids and sharing Black films with youth. Some of us will work on our papers and social action research together to support one another in the progression of our studies and to enrich our experience in working in the community. This is a diverse group which represents WISR’s philosophy of Multiculturalism as we take this journey to help our youth learn how to peacefully coexist with one another in a rapidly changing world. Indeed, blog is an activity of a WISR student-initiated study-action group. This is an example of learners coming together to empower ourselves and communities and collaboratively inquire on social issues, in this case focusing on youth development issues.

2. Educating for a Change [ ] : Learning from Exceptional Experiences in Recent Times and Throughout the Centuries

Primary Authors: Marilyn Jackson, PhD, Cynthia Lawrence, PhD, and David Yamada, JD, PhD–WISR Core Faculty Members and PhD Alumni of WISR [,, ]
A blog on learning and social change, including community education, folk schools, altedavid rnative higher education, mainstream adult and higher education, and more.

3. Music and Social Change [ ] : Just another wisrville blog

Primary Authors: Marilyn Jackson and Cynthia Lawrence, WISR Core Faculty Members, and PhD alumnae [ and ]
This blog is about songs and music that are inspiring and motivational for social change and social change movements. We are starting this blog around Labor Day in September 2010 in Berkeley, California. We intend to post old and new song lyrics to discuss and hope to engage in dialogue as we learn the songs and about their history. The song, Bread & Roses has been rolling around in my mind since I heard Judy Collins’ recording on Labor Day weekend.

C. Blogs by Individuals and Pairs of Colleagues

1. Minding the Workplace [ ]

Author: David Yamada, JD, PhD, WISR Core Faculty Member and Alumnus [ ]
David Yamada tells us about his long-running blog on workplace bullying: “Since 2008 I’ve been hosting a blog, Minding the Workplace,
that features commentary and information on employment relations, workers’ rights, psychological health at work, related issues of education, economics, and politics, and — most of all — my specialty area of scholarship and advocacy, workplace bullying. The blog is associated with the New Workplace Institute, an entity I established that now is affiliated with Suffolk University Law School, where I am a law professor.”

2. John Bilorusky’s Wisrville Blog [ ] : Promoting Curiosity and Justice in trying times

Author: John Bilorusky, PhD, WISR President and Core Faculty Member [ ]
This blog is written in the spirit of WISR’s founding principles and the commitments and wisdom of the many students, faculty and alumni with whom and from whom I have been fortunate to learn since WISR’s beginnings in 1975. This spirit includes a strong sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness, and a belief that we can potentially learn much from people in all walks of life. And yet, we also know that “mob-think” and media manipulation can bring out our worst impulses and blunt curiosity and inquiry. Like WISR, this blog will be an effort to spark curiosity, fuel inquiry, and mobilize action and create hope. Also like WISR, its aims include promoting democratic participation, social and economic justice, multiculturality, the urgency for environmental sustainability, and the modesty and curiosity to continue to inquire and learn from and with others.

3. Social Democracy and Folk High School Connection Think Tank [ ] : The “happiness” factor

Author: Marilyn Jackson, PhD, WISR Core Faculty Member and Alumna [ ]
This blog is intended to be a participatory exploration of social democracies, the connection with countries rated high in surveys studying how happy people are and the connection with the folk school movement which originated in Denmark but spread across Scandinavian and to other places in Europe and around the world, including the U.S. I see this as a think tank so that many can share and think together through the blog format. I hope to include some songs from the folk school movement to encourage yet another dimension of understanding for how the folk school movement and other forms of popular education contribute to models of societies that look out for the needs of many, contributing to a better quality of life across all classes.

4. Jill’s Blog [ ] : A WISR student’s Wisrville Blog site

Author: Jill Arrington, WISR MA student and BA alumna [ ]
This the blog of WISR MA student, Jill Arrington, who previously completed her BA at WISR. Jill is employed at Berkeley Youth Alternatives full-time as the Program Coordinator of their S.A.F.E. Haven Youth Shelter for youth ages 13-17. She is also Self-Employed as the passionate CEO of Beyond Your Horizons and Anger Management and Beyond, an inspired speaking and empowerment coaching company for the “success ready” woman of color and teens.
Currently, she holds a credential in Career and Technical Education (CTE), and is a Certified Professional Coach; Youth, Parent and Family Coach and Certified Anger Management Facilitator. [ and ]. Her MA Thesis is on Coaching Across Cultures: A Universal Model, where she explores a resiliency coaching framework to understand and uncover methodologies and resources that women from different cultures have developed to move through crisis, trauma and hardship.

5. Alex Martinez Blog [ ] : In the Pursuit of Peace and Justice

Author: Alex Martinez, WISR MA student [ ]
Alex says, “Hello WISR community and friends! My name is Alex Martinez, and I recently began my studies here at WISR. I am working towards a Master’s degree in Social Sciences, with the intention to go on towards the PhD shortly after finishing my program. I particularly enjoy the learning philosophy of WISR, as well as meeting great people from all over the world with the same goals of social change.”

6. Trauma and the Human Condition [ ] : Notes from the International Field

Author: Anngwyn St. Just, WISR MA and PhD alumna [ ]
Readers are invited to look beyond current concepts of trauma to include Nature, shamanic wisdom, cross-cultural, non-verbal, somatically oriented methods and an appreciation of the healing power of community. Topics include the special needs of traumatized women, healing powers of Nature, impact of war upon generations of family and cross cultural war trauma work in the former USSR. Dr. St. Just has traveled widely in North, Central and South America, Europe and Russia offering seminars and training programs focused upon innovative ways of healing individual and social trauma.

7. William Poehner Blog [ ] : Social Change, Nonviolence, and Critical Consciousness

Author: William Poehner, WISR BA student [ ]
William Poehner is a personal growth facilitator/trainer who has a passion for sharing Nonviolent Communication. He grew up in a bilingual (Spanish/English) family, living his early childhood in a working class neighborhood in Cali, Colombia. He migrated to New York City as a young child, then moved to the metropolitan area of Los Angeles, where he became familiar with the struggles of disadvantaged adolescents in compacted neighborhoods. He elected self-education and apprenticeship with practitioners and leaders in communication and personal growth. Currently he is the executive director of Comienzos, a nonprofit that offers therapeutic and education services at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has served both adolescent and adult populations, in Spanish and in English.

8. Torry Dickinson Blog [ ] : Learning for Social Change

Author: Torry Dickinson, PhD, WISR Core Faculty Member [ ]
This is the blog of Torry Dickinson, PhD, Professor of Women’s Studies at Kansas State University. Torry was a member of WISR’s core faculty in the 1980s and she has recently rejoined WISR as a core faculty member. She has authored, co-authored, and edited a number of books including: Transformations: Feminist Pathways to Global Change; Democracy Works; Community and the World; Fast Forward: Work, Gender and Protest in a Changing World; and CommonWealth. Torry has been a Revson Fellow in Women and Public Policy (1983)and an American Fellow (Susan B. Anthony Award) with the American Association of University Women (1980).

9. Second Thoughts [ ] : Blog of the John Ohliger Institute for Social Inquiry

Authors: David Yamada, JD, PhD, WISR Core Faculty Member and PhD alumnus, and Chris Wagner, Friend of WISR and partner of the late John Ohliger [ ]
This is a blog devoted to adult education, independent social inquiry, and the pursuit of a humane and good society. Second Thoughts is the blog of the John Ohliger Institute for Social Inquiry. John Ohliger (1926-2004) was a public intellectual, adult educator, community activist, and lifelong learner who blended an insatiable curiosity, a stubborn independence, a keen mind and good heart, and a passion for creating a better world. To many of us, he was also a friend, partner, mentor, collaborator, gadfly, and inspiration.

10. Sherri Kimbell Blog [ ] : Supporting Military Personnel Returning to Civilian Life

Author: Sherri Kimbell, WISR PhD student [ ]
Humans long for connection. Part of the human condition, however, seems to involve periods of feeling “disconnected,” or, less than ideally connected. Whether these periods of feeling “disconnected” are momentary or lengthy, they are most commonly experienced as disconcerting, disturbing, unnerving. In their most extreme manifestations, periods of “disconnection” are experienced as profound forms of trauma and/or psychosis. Presently, 18 soldiers a day suicide [in the U.S.] upon return to U.S. soil and “civilian life,” more than deaths on the “front lines.” Why is the “transition” so difficult such that these individuals choose suicide once “home”? What can we all do, as a country, within our communities, as families to help these courageous individuals come home to healthy and positive “connections” once they are done with “active duty”? Sherri says, “I wish to begin, and continue to engage in a dialogue in which we can all explore how to support our military personnel in “coming home” healthfully.” Sherri has previously served as Senior Clinician and Intensive Psychotherapist with Windhorse Community Services in Boulder, Colorado and as Co-Chair of the Contemplative Psychology Department of the Naropa Institute. Sherri has been a practitioner of Buddhist meditation for over 30 years.

11. herbnhealth [ ] : Another Wisrville blog

Authors: Tom Cummins and Marilyn Jackson, WISR PhD alumna and Core Faculty Member [ ]
This site is authored by Thomas (Tom) Cummins, M.S., CA Licensed Acupuncturist, and Marilyn Jackson, PhD, as a way to research and to dialogue about health in the 21st century. “We are both interested in learning about how to age well, in the context of of environmental toxic factors. We appreciate western, allopathic medical knowledge while researching eastern, herbal and supplemental alternatives.”

12. M. Jackson’s Blog [ ] : Another Wisrville blog

Author: Marilyn Jackson, PhD, WISR Core Faculty Member and Alumna [ ]
Marilyn Jackson says, “I will try to share what’s on my mind as well as some things I’ve written about learning to help other learners who intersect with the Western Institute for Social Research or WISR (pron. “wiser”).”

13. Coming Soon! . . . The Blog of the Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project (OTHRP) [ ] : From the banks of the Nishu’de ke

Authors: Dennis Hastings and Margery Coffey, PhD, WISR PhD alumni [ ]
This blog will be produced cooperatively by OTHRP, WISR, and Black Prairie Dog Studios, Coffey’s art studio. Dr. Hastings founded OTHRP in 1975. In 199l, OTHRP became a non-profit, multicultural organization recognized by Tribal Council Resolution as the “Cultural Authority for the Omaha Tribe.” A separate resolution, added “In Perpetuity” in 2002. Dennis and Margery continue to collaborate in carrying on OTHRP’s important work. As a key part of that effort, this blog will cover Omaha Indian issues and viewpoints on a variety of subjects of local, state, regional, domestic and international interest from OTHRP’s point of view.

Please note, as new blogs are added, this Directory will be updated every 10 days or so. To inquire about how you can have a blog on Wisrville, please e-mail WISR President, John Bilorusky [ ]

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