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Today's Big Idea: The Body Politic

The Big Idea for Saturday, May 05, 2012

The personal may be political, but individuals don't change policy -- groups, institutions, and organizations do. So says long-time gay rights activist Richard Tafel, founder of the Log Cabin Republicans and The Public Squared, a global advocacy initiative which aims to amplify the voices of citizens. Tafel's work as an activist in the 1980's lead him to be  a firm believer that systems can and must be changed from within, and he has outlined five steps that will help you do it. 

Futurist and policy analyst Sonia Arrison looks at the biotechnological breakthroughs on the HIV and AIDS front. We've come a long way since the 1980's -- yet the media seems to have gone mysteriously silent on the subject. Why has so little been done to keep the conversation going? And how close are we to a widely-available cure? 


  1. 1 "Party Crasher" Rich Tafel: What AIDS Activism Taught Me About Social Change
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 Five Ways to Change the System from Within
    Richard Tafel Experts' Corner
  3. 3 The Man Who Was "Cured" of HIV
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  4. 4 I'm Not a Bad Person for Getting HIV, Just Unlucky
    Regan Hofmann

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