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  1. page Group 12 edited Group Resumé {atrisk.jpg} Our group wants to work with youth organizations in Mississauga.…

    Group Resumé
    Our group wants to work with youth organizations in Mississauga. We want to share, raise and nurture a strong community for future generations. Our plan is to bring awareness and donate to local organizations. We intend to promote, engage and utilize our skills to bring awareness.We propose to donate clothes, money and time to youth organizations.
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    name is
    Elizabeth Carroll
    Joseph Sabatini {s562955276_3842113_4903.jpg} Me in Italy
    My name is Joseph Sabatini and I’m a third year student at UTM. My plan for this communication strategy is to contribute what I’ve learnt about communication, networks and design. I did volunteer work at CFRE radio and, it taught me a great deal about interpersonal skills. I worked aside my good friend and colleague Beth Carroll on our amateur hip-hop show. We promoted our show to friends and family through Facebook and Myspace. In the process, I familiarized myself with the people at the radio station and networked with talented artists. In addition to the networks, I have developed a brand. My brand is my accumulated skills and knowledge in programs like Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, final cut pro, garage band and the Microsoft office software. Nevertheless, I am one well-rounded and hard working person that will push the envelope. I plan to work close with my group members and achieve success.
    Monica Olszewski {n504366403_319658_4827.jpg}
    My name is Monica Olszewski and this is my second year at the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus. My two majors are CCIT and Political Science. I have attended numerous classes and works shops in order to master my passion for painting and drawing. I hope to apply my knowledge of design and creativity into making our goal an outstanding accomplishment. I hope to reach out to the public in a way that will truly make a difference.

    Communication Strategy
    What am I trying to achieve with this?
    We want to tell our stories of success and failure, for they provide insight about making decisions that have an impact on your future.
    We want to influence youths to make all future decisions positive ones.
    do it
    Objectives - measurable outcome in a company
    Educate youth about decisions and choices that affect their futures.
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Friday, January 17

  1. page Beauty and Self-Esteem in Adolescent Girls edited The Group ... Jacqueline Pizzolon U U of T, ... and Italian Minors Interests: Minor…

    The Group
    Jacqueline Pizzolon

    of T,
    and Italian Minors
    MinorsInterests: Music/production, sampling,
    activity, traveling, socializing
    socializingTalents: Guitar, piano, drawing
    drawingAmount Contributed to Assignment: 50%
    {Natash.jpg} Natasha Prasad

    of T,
    Computer Science Major
    MajorInterests: Reading, billiards,
    and software development
    developmentTalents: Drawing, software design
    designAmount Contributed to
    The Price of Perfection: What are you willing to sacrifice to look like her?
    Perfection's Prototype?
    Communication Strategy
    People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others."
    - Audrey Hepburn
    THE END ]·._.·´¯)
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  2. page Skara, Andrew edited CCT 205 Individual Research Assignment System Overload! - The Question of Capitalism Andrew S…

    CCT 205
    Individual Research Assignment
    System Overload! - The Question of Capitalism
    Andrew Skara (993973401)
    Professors: Gail Benick & Mike Jones
    {Skara_Andrew_EconomicCollapse.jpg} Economic Collapse?
    Lecture: Thursdays, 1:00PM – 3:00PM
    Tutorial: Thursdays, 7:00PM-8:00PM
    The well-publicized collapses of American pillars of capitalism, namely financial institutions and, subsequently, real estate, have thrust the question of economic stability into the forefront of conversation at dinner tables around the world. Powerhouse media outlets publishing lists of the “most corrupt CEO’s” (Manuel, 2008) and biggest stock market scams (Manuel, 2008), prominent CEO’s discussed and scrutinized to celebrity-like proportions; consumer cynicism and confidence has reached epidemic lows, and it’s never been so widely discussed. From fictional stockbroker Gordon Gekko’s emphatic “Greed is Good” speech to endless debate on the proposed ‘bailout’ package proposed by current US President Barack Obama, the economy has never been emphasized with such vigor.
    No better situation exemplified how important the economy was to Canadians than in the frenzy occurring in Ottawa leading up to 2009. With a federal election occurring just a month prior, an opposing coalition Liberal and NDP governments (with the backing of the Bloq-Quebecois and to a lesser extent, the Green party) almost successfully overthrew the current Conservative Minority Government when the Tories failed to address this very issue in a budget update. (CBC News, 2008) Such dire circumstances were justified to most Canadians as politicians properly utilized the economy as the grounds such actions were necessary. (Scoffield, 2008) Case in point, this paper wishes to illustrate that Canadians are insulated to the current ‘economic crisis’ worldwide as some pundits believe.
    Perhaps rightfully so, as contemporary democracies see capitalism as the only stable economic platform in which to operate. While marketplaces have existed since the beginning of time, government and the advent of the corporation have elevated the concepts to unfathomable proportions. Documented by widely-renown economist Victor Lebow shortly after World War II, he accurately forecasted, "our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption a way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption. We need things consumed, burned up, replaced, and discarded at an ever-increasing rate." (Lebow, 1955)
    {Skara_Andrew_VictorLebow.jpg} Victor LebowConceptually, the 'desire to consume' Lebow described would be find its way into media and movies, materializing in the American lexicon as the American Dream. It is impossible to give this term a concrete definition, but it is widely accepted a degree of self-solvency and economic propensity to consume and/or possess virtually all resources an individual desires. Corporations and the governments have trained society to derive its values from the never-ending cycle of work and consumption, rather than morals or ideals. (Leonard, 2008) What is particularly problematic at this point in time, is that this economic meltdown not only threatens an individual’s material wealth, but could very well represent the erosion of the American economic system altogether.
    Whether or not society is destined to continue adhering to this system is up for debate, and could not possibly even be thoroughly discussed given the time and length restrictions for this paper. Currently, however, our system relies on and increasing rate of consumption growth, and "recession psychology" only compounds the problems. "Recession psychology" occurs when “consumers and investors are influenced by all the recession talk, adopt a more negative attitude and suffer a drop in confidence, and become less likely to buy and invest and to take long-term decisions” (Hodgson, 2008). Simply put, if citizens perceive their material wealth to be evaporating, they are understandably less inclined to purchase goods they might otherwise be consuming on a regular basis. Problematic, is this phenomenon, because if the system is designed to recover within a particular timeframe, the negative attitudes and philosophies associated with “recession psychology” towards materialism could prevent (although unlikely) or at the very least hinder the recovery process. At the very least, the adoption by the general public of “recession psychology” undermines existing economic strengths, and embellishes on the weaknesses weaknesses.
    System intricacies are well understood by politicians, and although they refrain from using the term "recession psychology," its impact is acknowledged in the words relayed in public addresses. George W. Bush, speaking a to a fearful nation days after 9/11, encouraged the masses to "go out and shop" (Leonard, 2008). Bush could have suggested a number of different activities, but rather, he advised the nation to continue in the ways of consumption. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US President during the 'Great Depression,' in his famous inauguration speech, warned American's that "there is nothing to fear, but fear itself." (Roosevelt, 1933) Roosevelt, leading a depressed and unconvinced America, chose to blanket the famous quotation by expressing it vaguely. The inspirational sentence could be worked to fit numerous different challenges, but experts suggest that now, almost eighty years later, Roosevelt correctly understood the consequences of “recession psychology,” and did everything in his power to prevent it from further undermining the American economy.
    Most recently, current US President Barack Obama spearheaded an entire campaign based on “Hope & Change.” While the latter obviously refers to a different ideology than exiting President George Bush, the former denotes belief in the American economic system. Frankly, if the citizens of a state do not believe in achieving greater wealth and consumption every single day, the system will fail. As a politician, this is excruciatingly worrisome, running a country without a formidable economy translates to no real power.
    Social advocacy groups have never been as powerful as they are currently, in the Information Age. My initial understanding of typical economics and finance were largely introduced and reinforced by the professors and textbooks taught in the management program I attend. Underlying all the coursework, a general assumption prevails, regardless of the course or professor; the economy is a good thing, and must be maintained at all costs. After speaking with Professor Jones about my topic, I was alerted to a social campaign I was not aware of.
    Annie Leonard, in the website, explains the current five-phase cycle in which North American capitalism thrives. It was not until I understood the way the system truly works that the idea of “recession psychology” being a primary concern made sense. If this cycle discontinues, then the very core of Americana consumer culture could cease to exist, and although it would be impossible to forecast, one could easily accept political upheaval, economic reform (extended far beyond what Obama promises to do), and public turmoil. Rapid proliferation of internet media has made possible the message and ideals of advocacy groups more visible than ever.
    Politicians and advocacy groups, although arguably the most predominant, are by no means the only the stakeholders. The entire world is affected by economic instability, regardless of how tried that truism may seem. Upheaval and reform in the 1st World reverberates to all the 3rd World countries that possess the cheap labor, natural resources, etc. that allow for capitalism to expand. Without question, every single individual in the world is ingrained or at least in touch with the North American system that relies on consumption.
    As pointed out by Leonard in the ‘The Story of Stuff,’ the entire world runs on the linear system capitalism has facilitated. The world is a place of finite natural resources, however, and adoption of new philosophies will have to one day be implemented. For the time being, economic prosperity is the crux in which the world operates, and therefore “recession psychology’ must be regulated and controlled so as to not extend the current economic paralysis. Meanwhile, for a world that knows nothing else, the pursuit of The American Dream must be maintained at all costs.
    CBC News, (2008, November 30). Details of Proposed Liberal-NDP Coalition Emerge. Retrieved January 24, 2009, from CBC News Web site:
    Hodgson, G. (2008, October 31). Hot Topics in Economics. Retrieved January 22, 2009, from The Psychology of Recession Web site:
    Jarislowsky, S. (2008, December 3). Jarislowsky blames extreme greed for current economic crisis. Retrieved January 29, 2009, from The Billionaire's List Web site:
    LeBow, V. (1955) Price Competition in 1955; Journal of Retailing, Vol. XXXI no. 1, pg 5, Spring 1955
    Leonard, A. (2008). The Story of Stuff. Retrieved February 1, 2009, Web site:
    Manuel, Dave (2008, April 26). The Seven Most Crooked CEOs Of All Time. Retrieved January 20, 2009, from Web site:
    Roosevelt, F. D., Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933, as published in Samuel Rosenman, ed., The Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Volume Two: The Year of Crisis, 1933 (New York: Random House, 1938), 11–16.
    Scoffield, H. (2008, November 31). Liberal-NDP Coalition Most Popular, but Least Likely. Retrieved January 13, 2009, from Globe and Mail Online Web site:
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Friday, May 25

  1. page Groups for Communication Strategy Assignment! edited ... Joseph Sabatini Monica Olszewski Group 11 Animal Testing and Experimentation Dan Jeremy Y…
    Joseph Sabatini
    Monica Olszewski
    Group 11
    Animal Testing and Experimentation
    Dan Jeremy Yatco
    Nelson Bakshi

    Group 12
    Subliminal Advertising
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