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Constitutional conventions: best practice



Five ways new social movement leaders are effecting change

The Parkland students and others are reinventing models for people-powered activism that adapt to today’s rapid pace of change.

Adopting a child is a revolutionary act

Both policy reforms and face-to-face caring are fundamental components of a just society.

Donald Trump and the politics of emotion

Trump’s ability to create a shared mood among voters was honed in the world of professional wrestling.

It’s time to go on the offensive against racism

Nonviolent direct action campaigns that stay on the offensive can build vision-led movements that win.

Degrowth as a concrete utopia

Economic growth can’t reduce inequalities; it merely postpones confronting exploitation. Español

The art of dissonance: dissecting the language of Donald Trump

Modes of communication which allow for compromise are being deliberately delegitimised.

A ‘great and merciless thinning:’ the vanishing world of insects

Imagining the disappearance of species (however small they are) should spur us to fight for their survival.

The oppressiveness of creativity

Has capitalism co-opted our creative juices? A review of Oli Mould’s new book ‘Against Creativity.’

Can politics ever be compassionate?

To turn towards suffering and make that the centerpiece of your decisions takes guts and determination. Español

What the map of U.S. hate groups reveals

New research offers clues on how to stop the spread of organized hate groups in the U.S.

Helping people to find common ground on Brexit

Conversations across divides are very hard, but they’re essential to democracy.

We need an ecological civilization before it’s too late

Promises of green growth are magical thinking. We have to restructure the fundamentals of our cultural and economic systems.

What came before #MeToo? The ‘himpathy’ that shaped misogyny

Kate Manne’s “Down Girl” describes the origins of a punitive social system that keeps women in their place by rewarding compliance and punishing resistance.

The everyday power of movement activism

Activism is normal; what’s strange is that we don’t see it that way.

Feminisms – in the plural – as a politics of love

Intersectionality is the exact opposite of ‘divisive.’

With the crisis of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation comes opportunity

All of us living through America’s crisis time need to remember that our strategizing brain lives within a whole person: acknowledge your feelings and turn to the group for support.

Art after money

Banksy’s prank on the art market rhymes with our common struggle against financialization’s shredding of society.

The DIY Central Bank

Asserting the moral right to repudiate debt may be the only way of rebuilding democracy.

How are we doing on a ‘Green New Deal?’

As the IPCC publishes its new report on global warming of 1.5 degrees, we need a political and economic stock-take.

What would a society designed for well-being look like?

Economic justice goes a long way to improving mental health up and down the socioeconomic ladder.

Entrepreneurs of hate

Where does hate come from, and why has it played such a role in recent political history?

All you need is love?

Transformative organizing fails to address the underlying conditions through which exploitative care relationships are generated and maintained.

If the soul is ignored long enough, the body rebels

Sometimes when I fill out death certificates I wish I could write the cause of death as poverty or racism.

Don’t click here to save the world – go to the theatre and get inspired

This is not a moment to ‘keep calm and carry on:’ the UK’s leading spoken word artists declare their rebel yell in south London.

Healing solidarity: re-imagining international development

NGOs and other aid agencies need to lead in the practice of re-distributing wealth and power—not just the theory.

The politics of Latinx recognition

A new fluid, multiracial and multicultural identity is emerging in American politics. Español

Welcome to barbershop therapy

Barbers in the US South are training as first responders to assist men with their mental health concerns.

What happens when mental health professionals also get sick?

It’s no wonder that almost half of all psychotherapists in the National Health Service say they feel depressed.

What should we teach our children about religion?

Learning about different worldviews is a critical component of education for democracy. 

Bringing love, compassion and humanity back into healthcare

Disability isn’t a deficit within a person, it’s a deficit in a culture that doesn’t accept or enable a person for who they are.

Why positive thinking won’t get you out of poverty

To say that poor people don’t have enough hope, tenacity and aspiration is to deny their agency as well as the size of the structural odds they face.

How does change happen? One man’s journey through the personal and the political

The first step to building a new world is to start living it, but don’t stop there.

How to help inmates heal after the trauma of prison

Half of all prisoners in American jails suffer from some sort of psychiatric disorder. Can prayer and meditation support them?

Seven ways to build the solidarity economy

We can transform capitalism by encouraging the ‘better angels of our nature.’

Love and hunger in breadline Britain

We need a moral and spiritual revolution to replace the culture of shame with a politics of love and solidarity.

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