Friday, October 2, 2015

Care about the future of the planet? Join our CONVA!

The #nifkin students are holding a CONVA about environmental issues.
Join us! Everyone is welcome!

Author Derrick Jensen has said that hope isn’t the answer: we need to take action. He says that personal lifestyle changes will never be enough.

So in this surge of collaborative writing, we are going to figure out what that means for those of us who care about the future of the planet. Here are some questions to get us started:

What are the most urgent environmental problems facing the planet? What is causing those problems? What do we need to do to change the patterns we see? What cultural change is needed? What’s the role of science? What’s the role of art, music, and literature? How can we use the internet? What is the role of creativity? What are some creative solutions you’ve seen?

Please add to our collaboration by contributing your thoughts at

Be sure to add your name and hometown at the bottom of the page.

The CONVA will begin Monday, October 5th
and end at midnight EST on Thursday, October 8th.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Help us write a collaborative nature poem

Here's how:

Before 5 pm EST on Wednesday, January 28,
go outside and observe
what you see, hear, smell, taste, or feel.

Write a tweet that contains those details,
then add the hashtags #nifkin #poem

Wednesday evening, we'll be using
Storify to gather those tweets and make them
into poems.

Come back Wednesday night, and search #nifkin
to find those poems and vote for your favorites
by favoriting them!

Be sure to follow @follownifkin on twitter.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Let's talk about food

Join us! We're writing a collaborative document about food — and the environment.

Come contribute to our google document.
Everyone is welcome to chime in.

Here are some readings/videos if you want to educate yourself a bit first:
Stalking the Vegetannual by Barbara Kingsolver
Growing Power:  A Model for Urban Agriculture
Beyond Local: The Case for Regional Food from the staff at Real Pickles


Monday, September 15, 2014

Is play important? Can games save the earth?

What is the role of games, play, and creativity in solving the environmental crisis?
Could we create a game that raises environmental awareness?

Join the #nifkin students for a twitter chat:

Wednesday, September 17
8 pm -- 9 pm EST
The hashtag is #nifkin

Monday, March 3, 2014

Urban nature: snow art