How Peer Education can make Festivals Safer
Posted by Steff Pinch on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
With the recent deaths at Toronto’s VELD festival or the Boonstock Festival in Penticton, BC, many people are now scrambling to come up with explanations for the tragedies. Toronto Police are blaming bad drugs. Many media outlets are taking the opportunity to blame youth culture. Whatever story we tell, the fact is that people are doing drugs at parties. That’s where The Trip Project comes in. We go where the party is. We hit up bars, festivals, frosh events, concerts, bathhouses, raves, after-hours clubs – wherever folks are getting down. Here at Trip! we neither condemn nor condone drug use. Read more
Must we punish in order to teach?
Posted by Dan Reist on Thursday, September 25, 2014.
The great appeal of “just say no” is that it is simple – straightforward. But that simplicity replaces a broad commitment to “education” with a narrow application of “social marketing” (the art of selling someone on an idea or behaviour that promotes the social good). Nothing wrong with social marketing, but it should never be all there is to drug education. A similar narrowing process seems to have happened with our concept of discipline which has largely come to be seen as punishment. But discipline is from the root “disciple,” and a disciple is a student or apprentice – one who is learning. So how did discipline come to mean punishment? Read more