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Raffi Cavoukian, C.M., O.B.C., founder and chair of the Centre for Child Honouring, is best known as Raffi-singer, author, children's champion, ecology advocate and entrepreneur. Member of the Order of Canada, Raffi is the recipient of numerous awards including the UN Earth Achievement Award, the Global 500 Roll, and two honorary degrees. His renaissance as a systems thinker includes the anthology he co-edited, Child Honouring: How To Turn This World Around (2006) and two recent companion CDs of motivational songs: Resisto Dancing, and Communion.

Ecologik -- For Egypt and our world

Global warming didn't pause at all during Cairo's recent rebirth. In fact, every month of inaction on Earth's climate emergency makes recovery that much harder and costlier.

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A siren song is this Cairo freedom fire

Anti and pro-Mubarak protesters clash at Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, 2 Feb. 2011. The square was the scene of violent clashes between opposition protesters and pro-government supporters, with dozens reported injured. Photo: Nasser Nouri/Flickr
Raffi on what is happening in the city of his birth.

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A siren song is this Cairo freedom fire

Anti and pro-Mubarak protesters clash at Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, 2 Feb. 2011. The square was the scene of violent clashes between opposition protesters and pro-government supporters, with dozens reported injured. Photo: Nasser Nouri/Flickr

A siren song is this Cairo freedom fire, the Tunisian spark now a roaring flame.

A new Mecca in Tahrir Square.

I close my eyes and wander to the city of my birth, and I'm just eight years old in the helio-polis my Armenian family called home, playing in the Cairo sands, my father's 1940s Studebaker winding up the road to the Pyramids. And I'm now back in this moment, wondering, what exactly is this social media liberation hour we're in? The words come like this:

regime jam, the people's tram
stronger than the aswan dam
pyramid scheme a nation's dream a peoples' stream
of consciousness

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 Image: courtesy of Homeland Press
| June 25, 2013

Excerpt: Light side, dark side: Hiding in the shadows of technology

Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons to Reform Social Media Before it Re-Forms Us

by Raffi Cavoukian
(Homeland Press,
2013;
$15.95)

The following is an excerpt from the preface of the new book Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us by acclaimed children's singer Raffi Cavoukian, which is a critical response to the suicide of Vancouver teen Amanda Todd after years of online harassment and calls for the reform of social media in the areas of safety, intelligence and sustainability. 

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