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Jess Wolford

Portland, Oregon-based writer, editor, and small press publisher with a flair for the generation of social content, copywriting curation, digital aesthetics, grant writing, and community outreach.

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Book Review: The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues

Literature about oppression and social injustice usually sound more interesting than it reads—and it doesn’t help that self-righteous activists make themselves redundant through repetition. Thankfully, in The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues, famed activist Angela Y. Davis proves that it’s still possible to find a new, refreshing way to discuss race, gender, class, and sexuality. In this heartfelt and on-point examination through previously unpublished speeches, Davis discusses...

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Design Thinking Blurb

In design thinking, we can govern how we handle issues of equality and inclusivity while providing space for divergent thinking. Design thinking in its facile form constructs a new system to better converge the needs of its intended public. When we situate the user as an active participant, we act as a mechanism in prioritizing thought and grounding research in questioning and observation. This is a type of problem-solving that specializes in social justice. This was an act in design thinking as it taught a different and simplistic way to become a conduit for new ideas. Inside or outside the academic institutions; to provide a service in a community...

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Introduction: The Speculative

As we see it, to speculate is to call into question not only what could be, but: what is, might be, or might have been. Within the eight features of our magazine, we will explore: the defamiliarizing of the familiar as a crucial tactic for investigating reality; how science fiction, fantasy, and horror not only pervade media but influence collective political and social efforts; the ways in which new technologies are pushing us toward a slippage of communication, dislodging language from reality; the space that the speculative and speculation provide for an intersection of academics and autodidacts alike; how speculation has shaped and continues to shape, the current economic climate, specifically in relation to Los Angeles. Myths, folktales, “what ifs,” and ideas of the unreal have informed our understandings of ourselves throughout our history. The vastness of speculation draws us in, causes confusion that feels intoxicating, and creates a space for hyperbole and fantasy that feel less and less unfamiliar.

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