Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Blog 12 Critical Viewing

After watching your choice of film from our Blackboard collection, answer the following items:
1. Share the title and topic of your film.
2. Why your chose that film.
3. 5 points one should take away from the film.
4. One thing that surprised you about the film.
5. One thing from the film that made your think differently and why? 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A little less talk and a lot more ACTION!

As the holiday season is upon us- it is a great time to think about giving back. In the context of this course, we have examined areas of need and importance all around the world and also in our local communities. The time has come to think about what YOU will do about the areas of need in your world. Choose something - big or small (One Peace at a Time will give you plenty of ideas) something that your will do to make a positive difference in your world. Write about it and share it with your classmates on our blog.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Blog 10 $$ Cha-Ching $$

Need some comic relief? Check out this comedy bit from Jim Clue on debt...

After your classroom presentation on debt and viewing the film: Capitalism: A Love Story, please respond to the following prompts and respond to a least 2 classmates with a question.  Try to answer the questions asked of you by your classmates.

 What is my role as a consumer and responsible citizen in a global economy?
 How do my actions affect complex, global consequences, as well as personal consequences?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Blog 9 You are what you eat!

After you have watched the film, Food Inc. answer the following four questions on our blog: 

1. When deciding what to eat, how much should we consider the workers who pick, process, and transport it?

2. What individual and/or collective actions are you willing to take to improve our food system, and what would be their impact?

3. What are your values/commitments/goals regarding the food you eat on a daily basis? Have you been influenced by anything you have seen in the film?  

4. How are the issues you see in Food Inc. related to other global issues you have read about or talked about in this course? Make at least one connection...

Food Inc. connections: 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blog 8 Tough Stuff...


After viewing the Blood Diamond Videos and the Cameroon videos, please respond to the prompts below:

1. Thoughts, questions, reactions to Blood Diamond Videos ...

2. Choose 4 questions for the Cameroon video: 
a. Why wouldn't the World Bank object to the implementation of the Pipeline? 
b. Who benefits from the pipeline? 
b. Who are being undervalued? 
c. What can we do to improve this situation? 
d. How can a company/organization/person understand the reality of a foreign location? 
e. What other examples can you think of that relate to this type of undervalued compensation? 

3. Discussion Continued from Oil Presentation: 
Respond to 2 of these questions and 2 of your classmates: 

  1.  Does the world revolve around oil?
  2. When did oil become a commodity?
  3. Are Americans dependent on oil?  is the world? 
  4. What’s in a barrel of oil?
  5. Do you think we need to put a high priority on reforms for offshore drilling?
  6. How can you do your part to help give aide to the Gulf regions most effected by the Oil Spill in April?  Will this effect those local businesses?  Tourism?  
  7. What about the billion dollar fishing, shrimping, boating communities?  
  8. What are your thoughts on renewable, clean energy?  What can you do to participate in the movement?
  9. Would you in the future purchase a hydrogen fueled vehicle?
  10. What are your thoughts on oil prices? is there a link between oil prices and war?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Blog 7

Reactions, thoughts, ideas, links, revelations... on Addicted the Plastics...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blog 6

After watching the Story of Stuff episodes, reflect on the following prompts. Please comment on other people's posts as well.

Story of Stuff

1. What makes a healthy consumer vs. a not-so-healthy consumer?
2. Are you willing to pay more for products that are manufactured in a more responsible way?  What is the flip-side of your perspective?
3. Whose responsibility is it to ensure/regulate the way that stuff is produced/used/disposed?
4. Are you aware of a local economy functioning here in the San Antonio area? (farmers markets/locally produced items) Include a link and comment...
5. In what ways do you feel empowered to change for the better? 

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