Weekly Update - March 4, 2009

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The Dictionary of Ethical Politics

Weekly Update #7 - March 4, 2009

As March marches in, we begin our seventh week with 50 contributors and 290 terms.

Some Helpful Writing Guidelines

   * All terms should be around 300-500 words in length
   * Style should be accessible to a wide audience, but with a particular focus on activists, educators, policy makers, students, and journalists. This tends to mean that entries should have a less academic and more "encyclopedic" feel to them. The goal is to provide a reference source that provides for the easy absorption of concepts.
   * Cite and link to multiple sources, including your own relevant work on the subject
   * Identify the history and origin of the term and/or concept(s) contained therein.
   * Where applicable, maintain objectivity by identifying and citing relevant criticism and/or counter-arguments, and avoiding value-judgments and partisan language.
   * Cross reference with other related terms in the Index
   * Build the internal network by reading your collaborators definitions as they begin to come together, and communicating with each other.
   * Although Wikipedia can be a useful tool for developing ways of crafting definitions, please be mindful of the temptation to replicate their style too faithfully. As you know, Wikipedia's source material can skirt the edge of credibility, if not plunging over the side. Wikipedia is also plagued with the "weasel word"/Fox News syndrome, where opinion is reworded as statements of fact, using phrases like "Some feel that..." or "People say that..."

New Contributors

In the last week the following Contributors joined the project:

   * Rohan Jayasekara
   * Mary Kaldor
   * Paul Rogers

To see a continually updated list of all Contributing Authors, their terms, and their professional bios, go to http://resurgence.opendemocracy.net/index.php/Author_Index

Please feel free to recommend or refer other contributors who you feel might enjoy participating in this project.

New Terms & Definitions

The following terms were added this week:

   * Earth Charter (Mary Evelyn Tucker)
   * Global Security
   * Liddism (Paul Rogers)
   * Spiritual Ecology (also, "Religion & Ecology") (Mary Evelyn Tucker)
   * War on Terror (Paul Rogers)

Weekly Updates Posted Online http://resurgence.opendemocracy.net/index.php/Project_Update

As always, if you have any trouble with the Wiki, questions, concerns, comments, or anything you wish to share with the larger group, please contact me directly.

On behalf of the team, let me thank you again and wish you all the best...

Charles Shaw
Editor - "The Dictionary of Ethical Politics"