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.

Connexions now publishes a bi-weekly digest, Other Voices, which is available as an emailed newsletter as well as online on the Connexions website.



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Canadian Information Sharing Service
Issue #1 - Pilot Issue - February 1976

Content includes abstracts relating to northern communities and development, aboriginal issues, church in society, social justice and economics, as well as lists of groups involved in social action in Canada.




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Issue #2
Content consists of abstracts relating to natural resources, social services, juridical, community, cooperatives, women, church and society, music, film, and poetry.




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Issue #3
Content consists of abstracts relating to social action in Canada and its international activities, ecology, agriculture, poverty/services/economic change, community and union organizing, cooperation/lifestyle, alternative press, native people, women, and prisoners.




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Issue #4
Content consists of abstracts relating to social action in Canada and its international activities, natural resources, ecology, labour, urban core, juridical, alternatives, and media.




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Issue #5
Content consists of abstracts relating to social action in Canada and its international activities, ecology, labour/native people, juridical, community /cooperatives, and women.




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Issue #6
Content consists of abstracts relating to national resources, labour, community economic development, human rights, juridical, housing, co-operatives and alternatives.




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Issue #7
Content consists of abstracts relating to economic analysis, natural resources, food industry, human rights, immigration, native issues, women, health, community organizing, as well as art and education.




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Issue #8
Content consists of abstracts relating to economic analysis, natural resources, fishing, nuclear power, human rights, labour, and community development.




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Issue #9
Content consists of abstracts relating to economic analysis, resource development, energy, labour, women, urban core, human rights, and lifestyle.




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Issue #10
Content consists of abstracts relating to tne economy, resources, environment, native peoples, human rights, prisoners and penitentiaries, and community.




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Issue #11
Content consists of abstracts relating to resources, economy, labour, human rights, native people and media.




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Issue #12
Content consists of abstracts relating to the economy, resources, labour, community, urban core, education, native people and human rights.




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Issue #13
Content consists of abstracts relating to northern development, economy, resources, community, human rights, and media.




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Issue #14
Content consists of abstracts relating to the economy, labour, human rights, resources, community and education.




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Issue #15
Content consists of abstracts relating to economy, resources, human rights, prison, native people, education and community.




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Issue #16
Content consists of abstracts relating to the economy, labour, human rights, community and education.




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Issue #17
Content consists of abstracts relating to the economy, unemployment, resources, human rights, women, and community.




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Issue #18
Content consists of abstracts relating to the subject of National Security. Additional subjects include resources, labour, human rights, economy and women.




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Issue #19
Content consists of abstracts relating to Native Rights. Additional subjects include human rights, women, labour, resources, energy, lifestyle, and education.




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Issue #20
Content consists of abstracts relating to Immigration. Additional subjects include human rights, native people, labour, economy, resources, and eduction.




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Issue #21
Content consists of abstracts relating to the subject of Food. Additional subjects include resources, human rights, labour, community, and education.




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Issue #22
Content consists of abstracts relating to Nuclear Energy. Additional subjects include human rights, economy, education, labour, and church.




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Issue #23
Content consists of abstracts relating to Literacy. Additional subjects include the economy, labour, human rights, and community.




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Issue #24
Content consists of abstracts relating to Women. Additional subjects include the economy, labour, human rights, education, community, and environment.




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Issue #25
Content consists of abstracts relating to Racism. Additional subjects include the economy, resources, labour, and human rights.




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Issue #26
Content consists of abstracts relating to Health. Additional subjects include human rights, women, energy, education, and the environment.




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Issue #27
Content consists of abstracts relating to Militarism. Additional subjects include the economy, labour, energy, women, education, and community.




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Issue #28
Content consists of abstracts relating to Lesbians and Gay Men. Additional subjects include labour, the environment, and community.




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Issue #29
Content consists of abstracts relating to the marginalization of people living in the Urban Core. Additional subjects include the community, women, native people, militarism, international affairs, and agriculture.




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Issue #30
Content consists of abstracts relating to Atlantic Development. Focus subjects include the economy and resource development in the Atlantic provinces. Additional subjects include labour, human rights, education, the environment, and community.




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Issue #31
Content consists of abstracts relating to Unorganized Workers. More specifically, the issue focuses on workers within a broad range of groupings and minorities and the common goal of security and empowerment within the labour market. Additional subjects include energy, human rights, education, and community.




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Issue #32
Content consists of abstracts relating to Children. The issue examines the struggles that children experience in Canada and abroad and the efforts being made to ensure their rights, dignity and creativity. Additional subjects include the environment, human rights, and women.




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Issue #33
Content consists of abstracts relating to the law, human rights, energy, international affairs, education, women, health, and aging.




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Issue #34
Content consists of abstracts relating to the efforts of people and organizations in Canada who actively support popular struggles in Latim America. Content includes national organizations, as well as those in the Atlantic Region, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairie provinces, and British Columbia.




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Issue #35
Content consists of abstracts relating to the Prairie Region. Focus subjects include the economy and resource development in the prarie provinces. Additional subjects include community, media, native people, law, women, labour, agriculture, disarmament and development education.




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Issue #36
Content consists of abstracts relating to Housing, specifically the groups and organizations seeking to ensure access to affordable housing through education, advocacy and community organizing. Additional subjects focus on native people, international development, work and community.




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Issue #37
Content consists of abstracts relating to the Women's movement, with a focus on individual and group efforts to address sexism. Content is organized under the subjects of context, law, labour, health, peace, environment, as well as arts/culture/media.




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Issue #38
Content consists of solicited materials from across Canada concerning the economy, in particular the efforts to address issues from the standpoint of those whose interests are not served by the status quo.




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Issue #39
Content consists of abstracts relating to Social Change, with a particular focus on Native Issues. Additional subjects include health, militarism, and labour.




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Issue #40
Content consists of abstracts relating to Energy and the Environment. Additional subjects include militarism, health, women, and media.




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Issue #41
Content consists of abstracts relating to Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Specific subjects focus on women in society, the environment, the economy, housing and access to medical care.




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Issue #42
Content consists of abstracts relating to Housing, and such issues as homelessness, shelters, mental health, affordabilty, particularly within the urban core.




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Issue #43
Content consists of abstracts relating to the Arts and Social Change,specifically artists and creative groups who bring awareness to social issues and advocate for social change through their work. Additional subjects include women, international development, education, Latin America, handicapped, gay liberation and human rights.




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Issue #44
Special issue listing a wide range of resources and organizations for social change.




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Issue #45
Content consists of abstracts relating to grassroots organizing strategies, as well as resources relating to development, economy, poverty, education, environment, health, women, and human rights.




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Issue #46
Content consists of abstracts relating to grassroots organizing strategies, as well as resources relating to the economy, development, poverty, health, human rights, native peoples and women.




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Issue #47
Content consists of abstracts relating to grassroots organizing strategies, as well as resources relating to urban communities, housing, international development, economy, poverty, education, the environment and land use, human rights, native people, and women.




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Issue #48
Content consists of abstracts relating to grassroots organizing strategies, as well as resources relating to the arts and culture, media, urban community and housing, international development, economy, education, the environment and land use, health, human rights, native people, and women.




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Issue #49
Special issue listing a wide range of resources and organizations for social change and environmenal alternatives.




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Issue #50
Content consists of abstracts relating to grassroots organizing strategies, as well as resources relating to international development, economy, education, environemt, health, human rights, gay rights, and women.




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Issue #51
Content consists of abstracts relating to grassroots organizing strategies, as well as resources relating to the arts and culture, media, community and housing, international development,economy, education, environment, health, human rights, native people, and women.




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Issue #52
Content consists of abstracts relating to grassroots organizing strategies, as well as resources relating to the arts and culture, international development, economy, education, environment, health, human rights, gay rights, and women.




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Issue #53
Content consists of abstracts relating to grassroots organizing strategies, editorial on the War in the Gulf, as well as resources relating to arts and culture, international development, economy, education, environment, health, native people, and women.




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Issue #54
Content consists of abstracts relating to grassroots organizing strategies, as well as resources relating to arts and culture, urban community, international development economy, education, environment, health, human rights, gay rights, native people, and women.




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Issue #55
Special issue listing a wide range of resources and organizations for social change and environmental alternatives.




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Index #1
Contributor index from February 1976 to March 1977. Vol.I, Nos.1-6.




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Index #2
Contributor index from May to December 1977. Volume II, Nos. 1-5




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Index #3
Contributor index from February to December 1978. Nos. 1-6



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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)

Connexions Digest Collected Network News Items 1987 - 1992
Compiled ‘Network News’ items published in the Connexions Digest, issues 45 - 54.
(CX4905).

A brief history of Connexions

Interview with Connexions Co-ordinator Ulli Diemer - Jeff Orchard interviews Connexions Coordinator Ulli Diemer. Also available in Spanish. (CX5202).

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.


Connexions Digest #53 (January 1991)

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.


Connexions Digest #52 (August 1990)

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).

The GST in the Big Tax Picture - The GST is part of the Tory program of making the rich richer. (CX4003).

News Briefs
- Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest #52.

Network News - Connexions Digest #52 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #52.


Connexions Digest #51 (May 1990)

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.


Connexions Digest #50 (December 1989)

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.


The Connexions Annual 1989 (September 1989 - Digest #49)

Introduction to the Connexions Annual - - Also available in French and Spanish.

Introduction to the Arts, Media, Culture section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Community, Urban, Housing section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Development, International section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Economy, Poverty, Work section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Education, Children section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Environment, Land Use, Rural section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Health section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Human Rights, Civil Liberties section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Lesbians, Gays section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Native Peoples section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Peace section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Women section of the Connexions Annual
Collected Introductions to all sections of the Connexions Annual

Archival index of organizations listed in the Connexions Directory/Connexions Annual, including organizations that are now defunct.


Connexions Digest #48 (Winter 1989)

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).

Amnesty: 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.


Connexions Digest #47 (Volume 12, No. 1)

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.


Connexions Digest #46 (Volume 11, No. 2) - Winter 1988

Managing Volunteers, Building Consensus, Nurturing Creativity - (CX4707)

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).

Network 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).

Network News - Connexions Digest #45 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #45.


Connexions Digest #41 (Volume 9, No. 2) - Summer 1984

Rights & Liberties


Connexions Digest #39 (Volume 8, No. 3-4)
- Winter 1983/1984

What Is Consensus? - Consensus allows us to recognize our areas of agreement and act together without coercing one another. (CX4701)


Connexions Digest #38 (Volume 8, No. 2)
- 1983


Connexions Digest #37 (Volume 8, No. 1)
- Spring 1983

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)

Meeting Collectively - The Connexions collective describes its way of holding meetings and recent changes to its meeting process. (CX4729)




Connexions Digest #36 (Volume 7, No. 4)
- December 1982

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'.


A brief history of Connexions



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The Connexions Digest: Quick Overview and History

The Connexions Digest was published in print form from 1976 to 1992. The contents of the 54 issues of the Digest which appeared during that time are gradually being made available online. New materials are also being added as the Digest assumes a new existence as an electronic resource.

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:
- They were based on a grassrots social change perspective, or they contained information of direct value to people working for change.
- They related to Canada, or to international issues of concern to Canadians. Most materials in the Digest originated in Canada; materials published abroad were included if they were of relevance, especially if no comparable Canadian publications existed.

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.

Bibliographic Note: 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.

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