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We Day Toronto 2012: The Energy is Contagious!

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

                                                      – Mahatma Gandhi

Video produced by SiG Intern, Komal Minhas

I attended We Day for the first time at the age of 22. I can only imagine how much more motivated and engaged I might have been within the realm of social change with access to such a community and movement when I was in middle school or high school.
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Tackling mental health equity head on


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This article first appeared on the MaRS blog

As a clinical psychologist trying to support sex trade-involved homeless youth, Dr. Sean Kidd found that encouraging them to participate in artistic initiatives brought far more success than the ‘best practices’ he was trained in.

While traditional evidence-based methods were still used, getting the kids to develop and act in skits together led to a far greater level of engagement than the organization he worked for had ever achieved in 25 years, as they developed the relationships and trust that helped them discuss their problems with others.
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Facebook: a reality check


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Facebook will not democratize society. They don’t claim they will and they don’t claim they can. “We know we don’t always change the world, but Facebook’s ability to connect people can have an impact. We believe in democracy,” says Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer for Facebook. I had the opportunity to hear Sandberg speak at the Empire Club of Canada on Tuesday this week, which was enjoyable if not particularly illuminating.

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