Weekly Update - May 6, 2009

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The Dictionary of Ethical Politics

Weekly Update # 11 - May 6, 2009

This week:

   * Reminder - less than two months until first deadline - June 30th
   * New draft definition from Peter Marcham
   * New Contributors - Welcome Stephen and Rebekah Hren, Nipun Mehta, Bill Miller, and J Kim Wright
   * Check out DEP Contributor Jim Gabour's OD feature about the history of virus outbreaks in New Orleans
   * New Ethical Politics Blog on openDemocracy


The deadline for the first round of term entries is June 30th. Versions of each of your terms must be entered by that date.

New Definitions

The following draft definition was added this week. Please take a moment to review it.

Peter Marcham (DEP Tech Dir.) - "Humanism"


New Contributors

In the last week the following Contributors joined the project:

   * Stephen and Rebekah Hren - authors of The Carbon Free Home edible landscape designers and founders of The Mud Ranch.
   * Nipun Mehta - Founder, Charity Focus
   * Bill Miller - Charity Focus
   * J Kim Wright - International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers.

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

New Ethical Politics Blog on openDemocracy

During the hiatus, we soft-launched our Ethical Politics Blog, a companion platform for the Dictionary project edited by yours truly. The purpose of the Ethical Politics Blog is to cover the new economic and political thought being generated by our Contributor base and how it relates to the four "E"s of the new epoch: Environment, Ethics, Ecology, Economy (with "Ecology" being seen more as an ideology, and "Environment" being an applied issue). It's a place to see what other people are saying, and doing, and appeal to emerging problems without "playing into the catastrophe."

This is an excellent opportunity for all of you to showcase some of the work of you or your colleagues. Please send any notes, tips, links, leads, or the like to me for posting.

The Blog will be housed in the openEconomy section of OD: http://www.opendemocracy.net/taxonomy/term/5863/0

Here are the first two entries:

   * "American Public Media's "Greenwash Brigade" kicks off OD's "Ethical Politics" Blog" (04.10.09)
   * "DEP Contributors Offer New Models for Financial and Economic Systems(04.20.09)

And don't forget to read DEP Contributor Jim Gabour's new feature, "The plague spin of New Orleans" - The "swine flu" epidemic has a special resonance in a city of ghosts and catastrophes

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.

Charles Shaw
Editor - The Dictionary of Ethical Politics