The Connexions Digest
The Connexions Digest was a project of Connexions, a non-profit organization founded in 1975 to connect individuals and organizations working for social change with each other, with information and ideas, and with the general public. The Connexions Digest was published in print form from 1976 to 1992. Connexions is now primarily Internet-based, although it continues to maintain an extensive archive of physical documents and other materials. Much of the content which appeared in the 54 print issues of the Digest are available on the Connexions website, in addition to thousands of additional documents. Try using the Title and Subject Indexes as well as the Search Connexions feature to find documents from the Connexions Digest.
Issues 1 - 54 (Scanned)
Articles, reviews and other resources from previous issues
Collected Items and Indexes
Connexions Digest Collected News Briefs 1989 - 1992 Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest, issues 50 - 54. (CX4906)
Digest Collected Network News Items 1987 - 1992
Compiled ‘Network News’ items published in the Connexions Digest,
issues 45 - 54. (CX4905).
with Connexions Co-ordinator Ulli Diemer - Jeff
Orchard interviews Connexions Coordinator Ulli Diemer. Also
available in Spanish.
Selected Items from the Connexions Digest
Connexions Digest #54 (February 1992)
We Can Save Social Programs - We can save social programs by removing unwarranted tax subsidies for corporations and wealthy investors. (CX4346).
U.S. Strikes Drop Dramatically - Reaganism has enabled employers to launch war on unions. (CX4347).
Privatization: Fact versus Fiction - Truths and myths about privatization. (CX4348).
Boreal Forests in Crisis - Canada will lose its boreal forests if logging continues at the current rate. (CX4349).
Throw it in the garbage myself - Let us decide for ourselves which books are trash. (CX4350).
Moscow Gangsters - A conversation with Boris Kagarlitsky, a Russian social activist. (CX4351).
Ask yourself...Do You Really Want More Censorship? - Censorship is dangerous and feminists who support it are wrong-headed. (CX4352).
Libel law is dangerous - Libel laws threaten freedom of speech. (CX4353).
Aid Cut - Canada keeps cutting foreign aid while pretending it isn't. (CX4354).
The Junk Food Economy - Young people entering the workforce face a junk food economy. (CX4355).
Roll Over George Orwell, And Give Goebbels the News! We're Winning - Don't Ask Where! - A question/answer period with high ranking U.S. military officials. (CX4356).
Hanging On! Native media are surviving, but for how long? - Native media are struggling to survice. (CX4357).
Reform Party - The Reform Party claims it wants a "new Canada," but their vision for the future looks a lot like the "old" Canada. (CX4358).
News Briefs - Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest #54.
Network News - Connexions Digest #54 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #54.
War in the Gulf - Written upon the outbreak of the 1991 Iraq War. (CX4163).
Working together for peace - Although English and French-speaking Canadians are sometimes at odds, the call for peace is universal. It is s language that all can agree on. (CX4164).
Quebec's two solitudes - Quebec's sovereignists find themselves increasingly in confliect with Native Peoples. (CX4165).
The Arab Choice - Arabs are many peoples, cultures, religions, and realities. I cannot put an Arab tyrant, whoever he is, in the same category as a martyr for democracy like Mehdi Ben Barka. (CX4166).
You either believe in freedom or you don't. We believe. - Support independence for East Timor from Indonesian rule. (CX4167).
The free trade disaster: round two - Free trade is a disaster for Canada -- and Mexico. (CX4168)
Globalizing the left - The Canadian trade union movement has to put greater emphasis on using its global ties to prevent multinational companies from shifting their operations to low wage countries.. (CX4169).
Winter of discontent - Whole communities are being plunged into a poverty culture that is very difficult to escape. (CX4170).
No Action on Human Rights - The Mulroney Tories are doing nothing at all about human rights.. (CX4171).
The bureaucracy remains - The government may change but the bureaucracy remains. (CX4172).
Our Transportation Future - The billions of dollars proposed to be spent on roads would be better invested in electrifying the main rail lines in Canada. (CX4173).
The Right to Offend - Humans have a right to offend other humans, especially in presenting dissent from the views with which many people seem to be very content. This includes those views called religious.. (CX4174).
Rafferty-Alameda: The American Connection - There is more, much more, to the Rafferty-Alameda dam project than the government admits. (CX4174A).
Making Changes: The collective decides... - Collective decision making doesn't always work as well in practice as in theory. (CX4174).
Communicating Effectively Through Your Newsletter - An effective newsletter is one that meets your readers' needs and interests. También disponible en español: Como Comunicarse De Manera Efectiva A Través De Un Boletín Informativo. (CX4174C).
News Briefs - Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest #53.
Network News - Connexions Digest #53 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #53.
Making Changes: Transforming Apathy and Denial - Thoughts on people, power and participation. (CX3999)
The Case for a Nuclear-Free Canada - Nuclear power will not be the saviour to our power problems, rather, it is only making matters worse. (CX4000).
What's Left?: Environmentalists and Radical Politics - Environmentalist activism as radical practice. (CX4001)
The 1990 Prague Appeal - The peaceful transition of Europe is unthinkable without the full observance of all human and civil rights. (CX4002).
Network News - Connexions Digest #52 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #52.
News Briefs - Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest #51.
Network News - Connexions Digest #51 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #51.
Looking for Democracy - Democracy in Eastern Europe? Wonderful! But how about some more democracy here? (CX3573)
The Need for Alternative Employment - We must start creating an alternative economy among ourselves. (CX3574)
Grassroots Cells, Devil's Architects Defend Communities - Review of The Householder's Guide to Community Defence Against Bureaucratic Aggression. (CX3575)
The Write Stuff - All you ever wanted to know about letter writing. (CX3576).
For Our Common Future - A proposal for research done on our common future. (CX3815)
Activism Under Attack - Canadian democracy is in danger when activism is attacked. (CX3817)
News Briefs - Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest #50.
Network News - Connexions Digest #50 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #50.
to the Arts, Media, Culture section of the Connexions Annual
Archival index of organizations listed in the Connexions Directory/Connexions Annual, including organizations that are now defunct.
What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the aftermath of Free Frade - We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society. Aussi disponible en français: Maintenant qu'est ce qu'on fait? Établir un mouvement social suite aux conséquences du libre échange. También disponible en español: ¿Que hacemos ahora?Construir un Movimiento Social en el Resultado del Libre Tratado. (CX4719).
The Inside Story - How does Amnesty International
obtain its information? (CX4720).
A Targeted Approach to Worker Co-op Development - Lessons from Mondragon and Northern Italy. (CX4721)
How You Can Help Make A Difference - Strategies for treading more lightly on the environment. (CX4722).
Voluntary Simplicity - The rewards of leading a simple life. (CX4723).
Network News - Connexions Digest #48 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #48.
A Fundraising Success - Fundraising is key to any successful NGO operation: Advice on fundraising strategy. (CX4711).
The Extraodinary Myles Horton - An interview with Myles Horton. (CX4712).
The Raging Grannies - They don't see war and injustice as inevitable. (CX4713).
Setting Up a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone - How to mobilize a community to declare itself a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone. (CX4714).
Little Brother Watches Back - A story about margins, mainstream, and media criticism. (CX4715).
It Ain't the Meeting, It's the Motion - Group process is crucial to our work for social change (CX4716).
One Vote for Democracy - The 'consensus' model of group decision-making rarely works well. The democratic model is better both in principle and in practice (CX4717).
Meetings: Alexandra Devon Responds - How social change collectives can be places where people are nurtured and empowered to do the work they came together to do (CX4718).
Network News - Connexions Digest #47 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #47.
Conflict Resolution in the Classroom - A curriculum project. (CX4708)
Pressing for Press - Creating media buzz and press coverage for your story.. (CX4709).
Overcoming Male Oppression - Group problems to be aware of and challenge. (CX4710).
News - Connexions Digest #46 - Compiled 'Network
News' items published in the Connexions Digest #46.
Connexions Digest #45 (Volume 11, No. 1) -
Spring (April) 1987
The March - An account of a peace march. (CX4702)
Making their Voices Heard - An account of international solidarity work in El Salvador. (CX4703)
Citizens Groups Scores Success in Anti-lead Battle - Citizens fight lead pollution in their neighbourhood. (CX4704).
Our Little Victory - Organizing against Litton in Prince Edward Island.. (CX4705).
Power in Play - We need to reclaim play from childhood memory and made a reality in everyday adult life. (CX4706).
News - Connexions Digest #45 - Compiled 'Network
News' items published in the Connexions Digest #45.
Connexions Digest #41 (Volume 9, No. 2) - Summer 1984
What Is Consensus? - Consensus allows us to recognize our areas of agreement and act together without coercing one another. (CX4701)
Ways and Means - Starting with this issue Connexions will attempt to stimulate practical and theoretical sharing with a new section called Ways and Means. In this section, we hope that our readers will give us, and each other, the benefit of their ideas and experiences on matters ranging from collective process to fundraising, breaking down sex roles in groups to resolving conflicts, decision-making to ways of giving each other mutual support. (CX4728)
Collectively - The Connexions collective
describes its way of holding meetings and recent changes to its
meeting process. (CX4729)
We're changing - Feedback from our readers leads to changes in Connexions (CX4727)
Connexions Index for March - December 1978
The Canadian Information Sharing Service - Editorial explaining that the Canadian Information Sharing Service has changed the name of its publication to 'Connexions'.
The Connexions Digest was a social change sourcebook which compiled, organized, and distributed information about projects, groups, publications, and useful resources. The core of the Digest through most of its history was a New Resources section which abstracted publications, projects, and other resources. The Digest also included articles about how to work for change, a Network News section about events, projects, and activities across Canada, and a variety of other useful information.
Materials were selected to appear in the Digest
based on the following criteria:
All items appearing in the Digest were numbered and indexed. Each issue contained a Name Index and a Keyword (Subject) Index. Cumulative indexes were also published.
Note: The issues of The >Connexions Digest appeared in
print under three names. The initial name of the project and the
publication was Canadian Information Sharing Service (CISS). In
1978, the name of the publication was changed to Connexions (ISSN
0708-9422); in early 1979, the name of the publishing collective
was also changed to Connexions. Connexions acquired the sub-title
"A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change" in 1983. In
1989, the masthead and flag were changed to read "The Connexions
Digest: A Social Change Sourcebook". With issue #50 (December 1989)
the ISSN changed to 0845-874X.
Connexions site index
French home page - Français
Dutch home page - Nederlands
Publicity and Media Resources - Getting publicity for your cause
Connexions Links - Selected links & resources
Alternative Media List - Selected alternative media.
Connexions Directory Archive - For historical research.
Quick Dictionary and Style Guide - Some specific instances of usage and style for writing for Connexions
Canadian Spellcheck - Cut and paste this list into your word-processor and run spellcheck to get it to recognize Canadians terms and spelling.
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