The Public Square

Margaret Heffernan – Dare to Disagree

Maria Bezaitis –  The Surprising Need for Strangeness.

Zócalo Public Square. A non-profit initiative by the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University. This website serves as a platform where people can discuss topics in the public square in an intellectual, respectful, and non-competitive context. The Zócalo initiative also hosts many events and conferences across the U.S. and beyond.

Reddit. A news source well-known for exposing phenomena first and which are otherwise ignored by typical media outlets.

Truth Out. A news source and public forum to expose important issues occurring in the world that are often overlooked or hidden from public view.


Idealist – Find your dream job, internship, volunteer opportunity, or a non-profit organization. Idealist provides a forum for people looking to participate in opportunities that seek to make change in the world, whether it be through a paid job position or a volunteer opportunity.

Angone, Paul. 2013. 101 Secrets for your Twenties. Angone provides humorous and useful advice for young people who are in the midst of figuring out what to do with their lives, while also coping with friendships, relationships, and the ins and outs of being a young person in the 21st century.

Johnson, Patti. 2014. Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work and in Life. Make Waves encourages readers to step up and be the one to initiate change in their work and lives. Author Patti Johnson walks readers through the tools and techniques that they can use to create change in their own situations. Johnson elaborates on these tools even further to give readers a sense of how to encourage and instill these “wave-making” behaviors in others within their organization. Using several diverse case studies as illustrative examples, Make Waves highlights the important steps that individuals at any level can take toward positive change. By reinforcing readers’ desires to contribute and make a difference, Johnson connects on an individual level and bridges the gap between that desire and the actions necessary to realize bigger changes. (Description from

Poswolsky, Adam Smiley. 2014. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough. Poswolsky, a young man himself, writes a book that provides inspiration for young adults who are entrenched in a systems that provides bleak outcomes in academic and professional endeavors due to debt, recession, and the job crises. Poswolsky writes about stories from young adults who managed to make it past difficult situations and find work that is both meaningful and purposeful in their lives in order to create a more compassionate, innovative, and sustainable world.


Directory of Open Access Journals – Looking to do some research? The DOAJ is an amazing resource that can link you to free scientific publications done by scholars around the world. Generally, scientific research articles cost around $40 a piece!