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Constitutional conventions: best practice



Danger: there’s a centrifuge in the White House

While centrifugal forces tear things apart, centripetal forces bring things together again.

Can theatre change your mind?

Most people don’t think of media as propaganda, but confirmation bias is rife. What can be done? 

Head, heart and hands: 25 years of Schumacher College

All students are encouraged to be creative and to care for others. Cleverness should be the servant of wisdom.

Lessons from the front lines of anti-colonial pipeline resistance

Ceremony, mindfulness and healing practices play a key role in radical social movements.

Austerity, inequality and the arts

The arts are at risk of becoming the preserve of those from affluent, middle class backgrounds. That matters.

Love and reason: how should we raise our children?

The ways in which we’re brought up go on to influence the systems we choose to build.

Your money or your morals: capitalism and fossil fuel divestment

The divestment movement highlights a set of challenges to the future of capitalism that extend far beyond its unsustainable environmental externalities.

The drama of the thinking heart

Each play relies upon the witnessing abilities of others to set free the imaginative forces of resistance. 

Findhorn: inner listening, outer action

When we turn within, we find life far kinder than it seemed before, and the possibilities far more open.

We need personal, everyday action to end violence against women

Never laugh at a rape joke, speak out against lower wages for women. Don’t underestimate the power of everyday activism to uphold justice.

The dangers of political sainthood

If our aim is to learn from individuals who somehow rise above their time, we should treat them more like ordinary human beings.

What if we thought of gender like ice cream?

Why do we have to choose between chocolate and vanilla?

When you get a front door, remember to leave it open

A Manchester-South Africa exchange reveals striking similarities in the dynamics of urban inequality.

Saints in politics: Aung San Suu Kyi and the dilemmas of political desire

We delude ourselves by projecting qualities onto politicians who have no intention of embodying them.

They rode on horseback to deliver babies: a century later, midwives are still crucial

“I grew up with mares foaling and cows calving. I knew critters could do better than that; kinda figured women could too if given the chance.”

Humanizing technology

It’s easier to turn technology in the direction of democracy and social justice when it’s developed with social and emotional intelligence. 

We need to talk about stigma within the mental health system

‘There’s nothing wrong with you; stop playing games; no one believes you.’

Why are Nazis so afraid of clowns?

Using humor and irony to undermine white supremacy dates back to the days of the Third Reich.

Does kindness matter?

Like spraying water on a spider’s web, research reveals the taken for granted infrastructure of human relationships.

Under the volcano

A reflection on the Dark Mountain Project—testimony, protest art and praise song of a different kind.

Inside the ACLU: defending white supremacists as a black attorney

As a constitutional lawyer I fully support the First Amendment. But as a black person, I’m conflicted when it comes to defending hate.

Sacred activism: the story of Tamera

‘We all were indigenous once. We have been waiting for you. Welcome back.’

Please call me they

How do I explain to my colleagues that I’m not a ‘he’ or a ‘she’—and why it matters?

Why are the Danes so happy? Because their economy makes sense

The Nordic economic model is the most successful yet invented for the common good. How did they do it?

Gentrifier heal thyself?

There are limits to living our political convictions. How can we navigate them?

American idiot: rethinking anti-intellectualism in the age of Trump

Trust in expert knowledge is declining, but what does that mean for democracy and social justice?

If you’ve never lived in poverty, stop telling poor people what they should do

The key question is how to change the economy to fit the needs of everyone, not how to change everyone to fit the needs of the economy.

Life’s a pitch

Welcome to the new economy, where everyone is free to submit to another round of degrading competition.

‘Assemble ye trolls:’ the rise of online hate speech

Anti-Semitic tweets were viewed ten billion times on twitter in 2016—that’s why the alt-right loves the internet.

What can be learned from the movement to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline?

Why indigenous civil resistance has a unique power.

Media monsters: militarism, violence and cruelty in children's culture

Buzz Lightyear is tortured and becomes a prison guard in the surveillance-laden dystopia of Toy Story 3. Does it matter?

Why are religious conservatives embracing transgender rights?

Iran has the second highest number of sexual reassignment surgeries in the world. What’s going on?

The progressive’s guide to reacting to offensive comedy

Ten tips for when everyone says your favorite comedian has “gone too far.”

The future of security

Healthy and healed relationships are the key to sustainable peace.

Women beware: President Trump and the promise of violence

The Mooch may have gone but the menace and misogyny remain deep inside the White House.

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