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About Liam Barrington-Bush

Liam Barrington-Bush is an activist, facilitator, and author of the book, ‘Anarchists in the Boardroom: How Social Media and Social Movements Can Help Your Organisation to Be More Like People’. He tweets as @hackofalltrades, blogs at morelikepeople.org and posts stuff on the ‘more like people‘ Facebook page.

Articles by Liam Barrington-Bush

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Post-'Jungle' racist policing in Calais

A witness account of a small sample of the ongoing police racism that is playing out all over Calais every day, since the eviction of the ‘Jungle’. Two hours. Seventeen people of colour detained. Nine arrested.

Does London need a Radical Assembly?

Could there be a better way to organise progressive resources?

You can’t love a whole planet

Do global problems require global solutions? All transformation is ultimately local.

In (half hearted) defence of Russell Brand

Russell Brand encourages us to glimpse into worlds in which people are already building their own politics, rather than voting for someone else to do it for them.

The day the bosses left and the workers took over

When the Argentinian economy collapsed, lots of workers didn't believe that the things they made were no longer needed. And so they broke into their factories, and started making them again - only to prove they could run them better than their former bosses.

The Open Tribe is already here

A review of Sue Goss' book, "The Open Tribe".

This changes everything: interview with Naomi Klein

Ahead of the UK launch of her new book on climate change, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate", Naomi Klein talks about saving not so much the world, as each part of it.

Structuring our beloved communities?

If we believe that changing the world involves changing the kinds of relationships we have with one another, what’s the role of organising structures in helping or hindering the relationships we’re trying to create?

The Spanish town where people come before profit

The remarkable story of Marinaleda - the Andalucian town based on co-operative and social-democratic principles that is bucking the moribund trend in Spain.

The mass party is dying, and it won't be missed

Representative democracy was a considerable improvement on feudalism, and political parties a part of that shift. But is that any reason to continue to champion either in an age of participatory networks?

Another village is possible

Do you ever wonder what a town based on the principles of solidarity, cooperation and autonomy might look like? Marinaleda, Spain offers a taste, and Dan Hancox’ new book about it, The Village Against the World, offers an accessible, balanced and inspiring peek into what a microcosm of a better world could look like.

 

‘Do as I say, not as I do!’: Why radicalism requires self-awareness

Organisations which claim to challenge or seek to change the power structures of society too often mimic those power structures in their own organisations.

Winning the class war: a ruling class perspective

Liam Barrington-Bush reads Susan George’s new book, ‘How to Win the Class War: The Lugano Report II,’ and, while impressed by its breadth of information, is left wondering if more intellectual criticisms of capitalism are going to help us get out of the mess the free market has created.

The constructive radical's guide to organisational change

Often, activists who are used to and ideologically committed to more horizontal forms of organising find themselves working for NGOs or charities with hierarchical structures. This guide provides some suggestions for how to constructively subvert these structures.

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