Blog Action Day 2012

Founded in  2007, Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day.  Past topics have included water, climate change, poverty and food with thousands of blogs, big and small, taking part.   This year the chosen theme is the Power of We.

The Power of We is a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world, either for their own communities or for people they will never meet half way around he world.

I truly believe that through our blogging community, we are making a difference to each others’ lives. We may be diverse in our backgrounds and global locations, but we are nevertheless a community and together we make a difference.

In particular today, I would like to highlight the work of the Breast Cancer Consortium in bringing together a group of breast cancer activists to disrupt and change the prevailing breast cancer paradigm. The Breast Cancer Consortium is an international partnership committed to energizing scientific and public discourse about breast cancer and promoting collaborative initiatives among researchers, advocates, health professionals, educators, and others.

In the last several years I have been engaged in public sociology to spur open and constructive dialogue about what is working and what is not working in the increasingly commercialized and superficial world of breast cancer. During this time and throughout my academic career I have worked with a network of individuals from diverse backgrounds and affiliations who are committed to revamping a system that no longer serves the interests of the diagnosed, those at risk for breast cancer, or those who have been diligently working toward social change ~ Gayle Sulik,  sociologist and author of Pink Ribbon Blues, How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health

I encourage you to take spend some time on the Breast Cancer Consortium website to learn more about their work. This group is the power of we in action!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has ~ Margaret Mead