Ben Junge, a friend of mine and a professor of anthropology at SUNY – New Paltz, needs your help! Along with a student, Ben is doing research on “how grassroots groups in the US and Canada make use of the Internet and how (and if) they understand their own struggles in relation to globalization.” Here is the blurb from him about this online survey:
To anyone who represents an organization, project, or network that works on social justice issues (broadly defined, as we are casting the net wide!), I would be very much obliged if you could fill out our survey. The survey is anonymous and short (15-20 min). You can get a bit more info about the project at our New Paltz site on this research. .
Also, we’ve had a couple of sporadic problems with the website, so pls. also feel free to use the following site, which skips the intro and goes right to the survey.
Thanks much for any help and all the best from New Paltz,
Here is the longer description from Ben about the work. If you want to forward this link to anyone, please do so!
Dear Grassroots Organizers,
We are trying to reach representatives of U.S. and Canada-based grassroots social justice organizations to complete a short online survey about globalization and the Internet. We would be grateful for your help spreading the word!
We are academic researchers from the State University of New York-New Paltz (a cultural anthropology professor and student), with no political or religious affiliation. We are interested in the perspectives of groups and networks working on social justice issues, including but not limited to such issues as race, ethnicity, gender, poverty, sexuality, the environment, healthcare, homelessness, immigration, and natural disaster.
If you represent a social movement, civil society organization, grassroots group or network, we hope you will take a moment to complete the survey by November 30. Your honest input will help us better understand how groups in the U.S. and Canada use the Internet to connect to groups elsewhere in the
world, and how they view the causes of social inequality around the globe. We plan to present our findings at the World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil in January 2009.
Our survey is entirely anonymous and takes about 20 minutes to complete. As a token of our appreciation, we’ll enter respondents who complete the survey by November 30 into a drawing for a gift certificate for Amazon.com.
You can find the survey online at:
http://www.newpaltz.edu/anthropology/survey.html. Please forward this site to an official representative of your organization (one survey per organization).
Also, we’ve had a couple of sporadic problems with the website, so please also feel free to use the following site, which skips the intro and goes right to the survey:
Thank you for helping us get the word out, and please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.
Benjamin Junge, PhD
If you have suggestions for Ben about how he could continue to spread the word and reach more organizations, or just wanted to know more about this work, please feel free to contact him at jungeb at newpaltz.edu