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Michael Edwards is a writer and activist based in upstate New York, and the editor of Transformation. His website is www.futurepositive.org and his twitter account is @edwarmi.

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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is junior editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Who wants to live in a frictionless world?

Unless life is uncomfortable, there’s no room for transformation.

Welcome to another year of transformation

We need your help to expand our coverage of deep-rooted personal and political change.

¿Los organismos de financiamiento también deberían compartir el sacrificio del cambio social?

¿Qué normas de comportamiento debemos esperar de los dirigentes de las fundaciones, las ONG y los organismos de asistencia? EnglishFrançaisPortuguês

Should funding agencies also share in the sacrifice of social change?

What standards of behavior should we expect from the leaders of foundations, NGOs and aid agencies? EspañolFrançaisPortuguês

Les organismes d’aide devraient-ils eux-aussi faire preuve de l’abnégation nécessaire au changement social ?

Quelles normes de conduite devrions-nous attendre des dirigeants de Fondations, d’ONG et d'organismes d’aide ? EnglishEspañolPortuguês

Should funding agencies also share in the sacrifice of social change?

What standards of behavior should we expect from the leaders of foundations, NGOs and aid agencies?EspañolFrançaisPortuguês .

Devem as agências de financiamento partilhar o sacrifício da transformação social?

Quais os padrões de comportamento que devemos esperar dos líderes das fundações, organizações não-governamentais e agências de ajuda? Español French English

Trump wins, what now?

openDemocracy editors from around the world react to the victory of the billionaire businessman.

The privilege of being privileged

The Ford Foundation believes we have an obligation to strengthen capitalism. In fact we have a duty to transform it.

What’s to be done with Oxfam?

Too small to influence economics, too bureaucratic to be social movements, banned from politics and removed from the societies they’re trying to change, where do NGOs go next?

How can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us and not what’s worst?

Both inner and outer change are essential for political transformation.

Crowdfunder: Transformation needs your help

If you care about the possibilities for radical change in society, please join our campaign.

Why it’s time to say goodbye to ‘doing good and doing well’

Being simultaneously rich and radical is certainly seductive, but the conflicts that have animated history can’t be wished away.

In memory of Rick Cohen

Civil society in America has lost one of its staunchest defenders

I’m out of prison but I’m still not free: the continuing struggles of the Y-12 Three

Three peace activists followed by openDemocracy have been released from jail, but their work against nuclear weapons goes on.

Will the left ever get religion?

Can there ever be a truly successful, secular revolution? 

Don’t punish yourself to make the world a better place

Why do Westerners go to extremes in following Eastern spiritual paths?

Welcome to Transformation

Can the world be reconstructed through the fusion of personal and social change? We say yes. Here's to another year of Transformation.

The political emotions of Martha Nussbaum

Why does love matter for democracy? A conversation with one of the world’s leading philosophers. 

Let’s get real about the transformation of society: can you email me directions?

Following activists on twitter is easier than following them to jail. Why can’t we do both?

An unexpected cloud of witnesses: Sister Rice replies

Collective recognition is more important than the raising up of icons: there is no mastermind in the transformation of society.

From empire to earth community: Casa de Paz

In the Fruitvale district of East Oakland, California, 36th Avenue is the turf of three major gangs. Yet the residents of Casa de Paz never lock their doors. (Video 6 minutes)

Does the left still need transformation?

Strategy is weak without soul: readers react to openDemocracy’s newest section, and where it goes next.

To remain in prison for the rest of my life is the greatest honor you could give me: the story of Sister Megan Rice

Where does moral courage come from - the energy and strength to challenge and transform much larger powers? A prison correspondence provides some answers.

What do you think of Transformation?

Transformation, openDemocracy’s newest section, turns one year old today. We want your help in evaluating our progress.

When is civil society a force for social transformation?

There are more civil society organizations in the world today than at any other time in history, so why isn't their impact growing? 

Damned is the man who abandons himself: the remarkable story of a homeless poet

Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho lived and wrote for decades on a roadway median he called "The Island" in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is his story (video, 4 minutes).

The high price of materialism

The good life is not the same as a life filled with goods. Wellbeing and materialism don’t fit together. (Animation, 5 minutes).

It’s time to put money out of its misery

Money talks, but what language is it speaking? New ideas and experiments could reposition money as a source of social justice as well as personal fulfillment. This is the final article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.

Augustine Carter, 85, struggles to protect her voting rights in Virginia

“Anytime you take the right away from me to vote”, says 85-year old Augustine Carter in Richmond, Virginia, “that takes away my freedom. And if I don’t have no freedom, then that makes me a slave” (video, 6 minutes).

Money: in terms of social change, it’s both ‘beauty and the beast’

Is money a curse or a cure in relation to injustice and inequality? Welcome to a provocative new series on the role of money in the transformation of society. 

Who’s afraid of partisan politics?

Bi-partisan deal-making is often celebrated as progress, but is it any basis for transforming politics in America? This is the final article in our series on trans-partisan politics.

“Stay creative, stay vigilant, stay positive:” fighting for a living wage in California

WATCH: hotel maids are among the least protected workers in America, yet a coalition of groups in Los Angeles has organized successfully to raise their wages. Two community organizers reflect on the struggle and how it has transformed them (Video, 6 minutes).

12-year old Madison Kimrey rocks North Carolina politics

You’re never too young (or too old) to get involved in politics. Watch this video and get inspired.

“Love 2.0:” a conversation with Barbara Fredrickson

Is there any scientific basis for believing that love can be a force for change in politics and economics? An interview with one of the world’s leading authorities on positive psychology and the value of “micro-moments of connection.”

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