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Note from the Editors

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s the passing of winter brings on favourable conditions for things to “spring forth,” we synchronize the launch of iAM: Ideas, Actions, Movements, to the natural cycles of

the seasons, in trust that in their wise ways they will foster its growth and the wide dispersal of the seeds it carries. iAM is reflective of that perfect combination that leads to change, for an idea without ensuing action will hardly bring the movement for change to fruition. This first publication is the result of all of those elements, and bares them as the acronym that became its name. The acronym, symbolic of where this process begins (“I” in a state of being), is to remind us of the base root where change comes from—ourselves.

INNOVATE GROW BECOME DEVELOPMENT EQUITY A SHARE ACHIEVE GLOBAL ADVOCATE LEARN YOUTH CHANGE ENGAGE LEADER

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Our first publication carries the support of

many individuals, some working within larger structures to support positive global change, some doing so individually and in their personal lives. Months of planning and brainstorming with an Editorial Board and liaising with all the contributors have resulted in an eclectic mix of pieces that all evoke reflection for action. Articles in this issue bring relevant pressing issues, such as the impact of mining in “Someone Else’s Treasure” or generating reflection and discussion around genocide prevention in “Bridging the Gap.” Creating balance to this, are the many other contributions from artists and activists that highlight the effectiveness of artistic approaches to educating and engaging the public. The power of vocals and lyrics is felt in pieces such as “Mother Mother” and “Love Yourself Enough (Are You a Tool?),” as well as with the combination of beats and rhythms in “Security” and “Where We Belong.” The room for reflection created through those pieces is further supported with practical tools and ideas on how to move forward in articles such as “Is It All Bad?” and “From Business Suits to Grassroots.” In times when the global interconnectedness

of the planet and all living things become clear, finding harmonious and sustainable ways of living and cooperating with each other is inevitable. iAM strives to offer provocative and creative outlets to those learning and educating others on how to move forward to create and foster just and harmonious communities both locally and globally. Thanks to all those who have supported this project from donors, to volunteers and contributors. Our task as Editorial Board has been accomplished, and our task as individuals working for positive global change has hopefully been made a little easier. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25