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What is iAM?
iAM is a multimedia e-magazine published by OCIC that promotes an increased awareness and understanding of global issues. iAM encourages critical thinking and presents new perspectives from a variety of actors through visual art, music, written articles, photo essays, videos and more. iAM examines how theory and action intersect, looks at how to put reflection into practice, and unites marginalized voices from around the world in the name of global social justice, human dignity and participation for all.
iAM Vol 10: Intersectionality
What is intersectionality? Why does it matter?
Simply put, intersectionality is the understanding that we all have multiple identities – such as race, gender, ability and more – that come together (or ‘intersect’) to make us who we are and how we experience oppression and inequality. OCIC recognizes intersectionality as a way of acknowledging how social categorization and identity contribute to the oppression or marginalization of individuals or groups. You can find more information about this in the OCIC’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Policy.
The term dates back to the 1980s and was initially used as a way to describe the particular challenges faced by Black women, who experience both gender-based discrimination and anti-Black racism. In more recent years, the use of the word ‘intersectionality’ has been expanded to talk about the challenges (and privileges) associated with particular identifiers beyond race and gender, including class, religious association, physical ability, wealth status, and more.
In short, intersectionality is about recognizing that life is not experienced in the same way by everyone (even among people who share similar identity characteristics – i.e. just as European and Black women might not experience life’s opportunities in the same way, so too do Black women experience life differently from person to person).
By adopting an intersectional lens, we are more able to understand the nature and causes of these different life experiences. From there, we have more opportunity to transform our institutions, governments and social groups in ways that offer equitable opportunities, benefits and assistance to all.
Call for Submissions deadline extended: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 5PM (EST) [CLOSED]
iAM Vol 10 looks for multimedia pieces including…
- Photo Essays
- Case Studies
- Visual Art
- Infographics and Data Visualization
Submissions should inspire critical thinking and reflective practice, as well as represent diverse perspectives. We highly encourage submissions using creative, innovative media, infographic visuals, and that touch on relevant, accessible topics for a young, Canadian and global audience.View OCIC iAM Vol 10 Call for Submissions
iAM Vol 9
iAM Vol 9: Re-Imagining Innovation features 17 pieces from 26 contributors that seek to push beyond the conventional narrative of innovation leading to economic growth, and focus on areas like the process of innovation, new approaches to business models and technologies, and new funding models and partnerships that add value for all stakeholders of development.
Open Science Manifesto challenges conventional ways of thinking about how knowledge is produced, and poses critical questions of innovation for whom, by whom? HIVSmart! and the Indigenous Friends Mobile App provide insights on open access to information and tech agency for marginalized populations. Sparking Innovation through $300,000 Innovation Fund, Nurturing the Practice of Innovation, and An Innovative Approach to Global Youth Development use accelerators as tools for others to engage in new business models.
Innovation on the Road, Disposable Cameras, and Creating Space for Innovation Partnerships-Building share insights into stakeholder and public engagement. Chartering Landscapes of Innovation in Adolescent Girls & Women’s Global Menstrual, Sexual and Reproductive Health is a must-read related to gender equality, and for those with an appreciation for mapping, Traditions to Pasture Policy offers a unique journey through Kyrgyzstan.
These and other contributions to iAM Vol 9 are drawn together with illustrations by Jay Ginsherman, who uses fine art as a medium to embody the innovation process — the holistic raw formulation of ideas, concepts, and designs. We invite you to join us in Re-Imagining Innovation towards sustainable development through the multiple lenses offered within, and look forward to hearing what these contributions spark for you.
iAM Vol 9: Re-Imagining Innovation Launch Event
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 OCIC and the iAM Editorial Board held a launch event for Re-Imagining Innovation E-Magazine. Participants had the opportunity to meet with authors of iAM Vol 9 E-Magazine and hear their stories of Re-Imagining Innovation through visual art, photo voice, written articles, photo essays, videos and more! iAM Vol 9 E-Magazine aims to Re-imagine Innovation through critically exploring how the application of new ideas can create value-added solutions to the challenges of sustainable development, or perhaps create more complexities. iAM Vol 9 brings together innovative knowledge agents to explore participatory approaches to innovation, the use of information and other technologies, and shared best practices and toolkits.
Explore all volumes of iAM: Ideas, Actions, Movements
View Volumes 1-8 below. The accessible version of iAM Vol.5 can be found here.