Published by Antoinette Siu on 28 Feb 2012 at 10:00 am
Wiser Member Tony Sorgi introduces a project developed by undergraduate students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The New Earth Archive is a resource network that seeks to identify the most inspiring books on climate change, sustainability, and social change, as well as revelations in understanding human nature.
Developed by undergraduate students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and supported by Paul Hawken and other leading public environmental figures, the New Earth Archive is a resource network that seeks to identify the most inspiring books on climate change, sustainability, and social change, as well as revelations in understanding human nature. You can contribute your ideas for books that will help students change the world by voting on this year’s booklist.
We want to change the world, and we think other college students want to as well.
Our society has a vital responsibility to make some very necessary changes, and our group seeks to contribute to social change by empowering college students to be key drivers in the monumental movements of our generation.
|Member Tony Sorgi believes the New Earth Archive will help guide the next generation of changemakers.|
For significant change to take place, younger people need to understand and focus on the problems that face our world. We believe in this generation of students, because we know they are primed for action, ready to add their voice and energy to something meaningful, but they need guidance in how to do so.
We created this resource as a means to provide those students with accurate knowledge at the heart of global issues, such as climate change, sustainability, and social justice. The New Earth Archive will provide students with a streamlined resource network of powerful books, films, and other social media that have the ability to inspire student-lead innovation and solutions for the global issues that face our society.
As college students ourselves, we were completely prepared to admit that we didn’t know enough about the problems our society faces–or how to deal with them. To create this resource, we went first to respected professors at NJIT, who in turn connected us to professionals and activists working in these areas. Throughout this networking process in our search for materials, one point kept being emphasized over and over: knowledge without purpose, without community, is almost useless, and through that fact we’ve shaped our goals to create a community of resources for college students.
This new emphasis on community is eventually what brought our search to WiserEarth. If there’s one facet of our project that will help us achieve our goals, it will be to connect other students in a manner remarkably similar to the ways that WiserEarth connects its members.
This unique platform allowed us to create a Resource and an Event for our organization and share it with many different groups, including WiserActions. Sharing status updates in the Network Streams of my profile with my Issue Areas allowed our message to resound across the website in a remarkable manner.
If you have suggestions for books and films to add to our archive, or other ideas on how to achieve our goals of empowering college students, please help us out by voting on our booklist or emailing our organization.
With your help in identifying the materials with the greatest ability to impact college students, we believe we can provide a united understanding of contemporary global and societal problems and inspire in our generation a shared sense of purpose and responsibility to solve them. In doing so, we’ll help rekindle a value for pursuing wisdom in every aspect of life and shed light on what really constitutes a meaningful relationship with each other and the environment.
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