catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Getting Organized

vol. 11, num. 6 :: 2012.03.16 — 2012.03.29

The word “organizing” might conjure up the rearranging of an exploding closet into neat stacks and rows or the filing of a desk full of flying papers.  But it also refers to a group of people collaborating and strategizing to meet a specific goal.  This issue will contain stories, models and heroes for both kinds of organizing—and if we’re lucky, maybe even make some creative connections between the two.

 

Feature

Boundary lines and pleasant places

Taking stock of life’s clutter with joy and gratitude.

Editorial

Slow organizing

Considering what’s emerging for *cino after the spring thaw.

Articles

A messy life

What happens when the mess in the house becomes a metaphor for the mess in other parts of life?

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(Dis)organization's origins

A disorganized collector reflects on human and divine nature.

Simplicity

Thinking about getting organized during Lent.

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Reviews

Transformation through conversation

A review of The Virtue of Dialogue by Christopher Smith.

Gallery

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In case you missed it the first time

Piled up

How our housekeeping tendencies can shape our identities in relation to others.

A playful revolution

Rediscovering play as a young adult in a new city.

Weaving the web

Examples of Christian cooperatives

A list of links to organizations that are modeling the Acts community today.

 

The shared experience of absurdity

Charlie Todd shares some of the ideas behind Improv Everywhere.

 

Cities

Jad and Robert explore one of the artifacts of community organizing: cities.

 
 

daily asterisk

Learning versus playing. That dichotomy seems natural to people…. Learning, according to that almost automatic view, is what children do in school and, maybe, in other adult-directed activities. Playing is, at best, a refreshing break from learning. From that view, summer vacation is just a long recess, perhaps longer than necessary. But here’s an alternative view, which should be obvious but apparently is not: playing is learning. At play, children learn the most important of life’s lessons, the ones that cannot be taught in school. To learn these lessons well, children need lots of play — lots and lots of it, without interference from adults.

Peter Gray
“The play deficit” in Aeon Magazine

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