circle must be broken, but this can arise only from inside the European
perspective,through a mounting
pressure of the Union’s citizens, who must at the same time avoid “sovereign”
fallacies and "cosmopolitan" illusions.
FLOK stands for “Free, Libre, Open
Knowledge,” and the FLOK Society is a government-sponsored project to imagine
how Ecuador might make a strategic transition to a workable post-capitalist knowledge
including London's Science Museum, are now looking to invite their audiences to take
a more active role in engaging with their sites and collections, rather than
being the traditional passive consumers of culture.
Three characteristics are often viewed as important in Arab societies: concern over politics, the place of religion, and the importance of family. Investigation of these 'Arabness' features in Morocco produces some intriguing results.
What is the legacy and future of women’s
liberation today? Kathleen B Jones reports from a conference in Boston where scholars, activists and artists met to re-examine the revolutionary years of the 1960s and early 1970s.
The time is right for
the EU to lead. No other agent in the multilateral sphere has the range of
resources - ﬁnancial resources, voice on trade, authority on human rights, role
in foreign and security policy - available to the EU.
The new activism of a young generation in the US
has largely come out of the multiplicity and consistency of a new media
narrative confidently mushrooming from a new generation of educated Palestinians.
abolition of freedom of movement within the EU, widely regarded as one of the
central achievements of the European project, is not only a real possibility,
but already an emerging reality. But so is the fightback. A contribution to the
discussion between Etienne
Stråth and Sandro
Euroscepticism is a strategically invented
social construct – much like the myth of “ever closer union” itself – to
capture and channel growing popular discontent with the aftermath of the
European integration process.
Will NGOs and foundations ever
be able to look at their moneyed benefactors and challenge how they generated
their wealth? The national correspondent of NonProfit Quarterly
takes on our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.
terrifying spectre in these countries is not of ravenous foreign capital,
though there is plenty of experience with this too, but of the persistent
suffering of being an oft bloodied geopolitical borderland.
Are school children
educated, socialized, or indoctrinated? If
there’s any wonder remaining in a student after being swamped with established
knowledge throughout the day, she or he would have to pursue critical thinking
in the evenings.
Attempts to assuage conflicts around the world using the language of human rights are sometimes met with rebuttals of their “Western” provenance. In fact the foundational Universal Declaration of Human Rights emerged from the wisdom of the post-war international crowd.
growth is a myth. Because it ignores the social, political and personal
dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep enough into the structures of
self and society to secure solutions to the crises that we face.
Glib and glossy visions of women’s empowerment, designed to avoid
actual power structures, are being avidly promoted by corporations and the
development industry alike. A new book by Srilatha Batliwala reminds us of what lies at the heart
of feminist empowerment work.
As part of our series of interviews with
practitioners and activists, Participation Now researcher Hilde C. Stephansen
spoke to Mikey Weinkove of The People
Speak, an artists’ collective that creates ‘tools for the world to take
over itself’. Their many projects include Talkaoke,
a mobile talk show, and Who Wants To Be?,
an ask-the-audience game show.
As the corporate takeover
of public education proceeds in the US and other countries, schools cease to be
training grounds for social transformation. We are not just fighting for our children,
but for the liberation of our country.
Use of the internet has not led to a
predominance of virtual actions and movements over mobilizations in ‘physical
space’. On the contrary, since 2011 the occupation of urban public spaces - and
more particularly symbolic spaces - has been a major feature of these movements.
Flexibility was important, with people being able to change their
position if their mind was changed by a persuasive argument or new information.
Democracy is a skill we can practice with people wherever we are.
As part of our series of interviews
with practitioners involved in public participation initiatives, Participation
Now researcher Hilde C. Stephansen spoke to Deirdre Lee at Insight-NUI Galway,
about Puzzled by Policy, a European
Commission funded project that aimed to engage citizens in the policy making
“Barnet claims to know what people want. But if you go into some of the libraries in Barnet, I would
have to say that they probably don’t know what people want.” Nick Mahony talks
to the Chair of Trustees of a library saved by occupation for the community in north London.
"This project stays dynamic when people take the Complaints Choir as a tool and make use of it in their own context and modify it. That’s the spirit of open source." Hilde C. Stephansen interviews the founders of the choir for Participation Now.
“Starbucks felt so pressured by the public
that they felt obliged to pay £20,000,000 to the HMRC.” Our series of
interviews with activists and practitioners who organise public participation
initiatives speaks next to Sarah Kwei from UK Uncut, the direct action group that
works to raise awareness of tax avoidance and austerity cuts through creative
forms of protest.