Dear Engaged Bystander:  I am always intrigued with ways that we can get ourselves to change.  Each of us have our own ways to do that, but how do we begin to connect individual commitments into community change? 
 
In my own "checkered past" I receoved an MBA, so I was tickled to read about this relatively new website and novel approach on www.stickK..com

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I have a teenager at home and I see how Facebook, texting, instant messaging and so many other social media tools are the mode of communications in their nearly 24/7 world. We often hear about the negative impact of these emerging technologies through bullying stories. I asked a national expert, Marianne Winters of Graphix for Change to talk about these same tools as an opportunity for bystander interventions.  
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Here is the second part of a great conversation with Marianne Winters of Graphix for Change.
 
Joan: So given your expertise, how do we meet these challenges using this technology?   
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I hope that others can learn from what we have done so far and share with us some other successes (or mistakes) along the way. Here are four tips:

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I usually think that any coverage of sexual violence is helpful when it generates some discussion. And this most recent episode of Law and Order SVU has done just that. If you have not see the great comments by the Safe Date Project definitely read their very comprehensive overview of the issue.
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Dear Engaged Bystander: I recently received a notice that said: “Tell the Super Bowl Host Committee: Don't be a bystander to child trafficking.” Of course I had to read it. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  In this blog, I invited Jennifer Rauhouse of Peer Solutions to talk about her work to engage bystanders in sexual violence prevention.
 
Joan: Can you tell me about your approach to bystander intervention: 

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 Dear Engaged Bystander:  I have been hearing about the series of suicides by gay teens in the last few weeks. I grew up in New Jersey, at a much earlier time when gay issues were just emerging, playing the viola from 2nd grade into college. So the suicide of Tyler Clementi hit me especially hard. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Those who tell the stories rule the world.(Hopi American Indian proverb an sometimes attributed to Plato)

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  When I go on our summer family vacations, I do try to leave my work behind.  I also try to stay unplugged from the phone, the Internet, and any other form of "work."  Yet it never really happens that way...

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