Academics engage in research and produce knowledge that, intentionally or not, may inform progressive social change. Digital technologies are making it easier for academics to connect their research with movements and community groups who trying to bring about social change. However, many academics may still be perplexed about how to use social media.
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JustPublics@365 was delighted to co-sponsor a reception for academics who want to influence policy at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference (‘Reform Conference 2013’) in Denver, Colorado. More than seventy-five academics and activists who are, or want to be, working together on the area of drug policy joined our reception on Thursday.
The Reform Conference brings together a wide range of advocates, academics, and digital media activists from around the globe. Among those attending the conference were representatives from the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU). They made this short video (3:51) about the conference which was screened at the closing plenary, and conveys some of what it was like to be there and some of the human cost of drug policy:
The Reform Conference addresses drug policy, which is a global issue that brings together issues of race, criminal justice, public health,civil liberties. And, the Reform Conference is a place where academics, advocates and digital media activists are working for social change around. The next Reform Conference will be held in 2015.
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