Advocates for Social Reform supports new approaches to conflict resolution through education and advocacy.
What is an advocate for social reform, you might ask?
- Quite simply, someone who sees problems in society, seeks to create awareness and works toward bringing the elements of the conflict together to achieve a common goal.
- Someone hopeful that with enough ‘humanication,’ (a word taken from an old Hitachi advertisement), right intentions, and a few miracles thrown in, conflicts that have ripped our world apart for ages can be resolved without constant injustices and terminal mayhem.
- And, who is Marjorie Meret-Carmen, (M.Ed./Antioch University/1979) and why, in my seventy-something years, did I create a website, an international symposium–and even more to the point, what makes me think anyone will catch the wave of my intentions and goals and be motivated to tackle social problems in their own environments? In essence, I am one very fortunate Caucasian American citizen, a woman ‘of a certain age,’ who has time and energy to create even small shifts in social thinking.
One of Judaism’s most powerful and specific contributions to humanity is its Ethics of Responsibility, illustrated by social concepts of gratitude, philanthropic acts, deeds of kindness and a mandate to “repair the world.” Tikkun Olam. It is to that mandate that this blog is dedicated.
The Hebrew phrase tikkun olam (pronounced tee-KOON oh-LUHM) means “world repair.” In modern Jewish circles, tikkun olam has become synonymous with the notion of social action and the pursuit of social justice.