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Fire in neo-liberal London

ANGELA MCROBBIE

The burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower is a visible reminder that public responsibilities should never be watered down.

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Strengthening our ecological imagination

LESLIE DAVENPORT
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To see differently is to live differently, and living differently is the key to avoiding environmental crisis. 

After the fight: a skinhead’s journey towards nonviolence

TRAVIS MELLOTT
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How one man moved from gang culture to permaculture.

Fire in neo-liberal London

ANGELA MCROBBIE

The burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower is a visible reminder that public responsibilities should never be watered down.

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Strengthening our ecological imagination

LESLIE DAVENPORT
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

To see differently is to live differently, and living differently is the key to avoiding environmental crisis. 

After the fight: a skinhead’s journey towards nonviolence

TRAVIS MELLOTT
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

How one man moved from gang culture to permaculture.

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After the fight: a skinhead’s journey towards nonviolence

How one man moved from gang culture to permaculture.

Strengthening our ecological imagination

To see differently is to live differently, and living differently is the key to avoiding environmental crisis. 

Fire in neo-liberal London

The burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower is a visible reminder that public responsibilities should never be watered down.

How an ancient singing tradition helps people cope with trauma in the modern world

In Finland, lament singing is experiencing a revival, one sad song at a time.

Collaborating with the enemy

At a time of increasing polarization, how can we work with people we may not like, trust, or agree with?

Is there really a crisis around identity politics on the left?

The claim that intersectional critiques are divisive is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both intersectionality and socialism.

Why the moral argument for nonviolence matters

Nonviolence is a way of life, not just a strategy for organizing resistance.

Getting to the heart of Universal Basic Income

The benefits of financial security are obvious, so why doesn’t the idea of UBI enjoy more popular support?

‘Trumping’ Let Girls Learn

Getting more girls into school is vital, but it isn’t an answer to poverty and inequality.

Stereotyping Appalachians only feeds the coal Industry

As a fifth-generation coal miner, I see the region’s Trump signs and pro-coal stickers as symbols of defense against a world that looks down on us.

Through the dark night

Inside ourselves and in the world at large, more darkness brings more light rising in response. 

Desmond Tutu was right

As the UK General Election campaign heats up, who says politics and religion don’t mix?

How to culture jam a populist in four easy steps

Our organizing principle should be simple: don’t feed polarization—disarm it.

We protest by creating beauty

Meet the artists and activists writing love letters on the streets.

The mysticism of wide open eyes

How does spirituality connect to social change?

Is the new breed of white nationalists in retreat?

As the ‘alt-right’ movement breaks from President Trump, so goes its moment in the sun.

Yoga in Bogotá: imprisoned female FARC combatants look to the future

In a Bogotá women's prison, dozens of FARC combatants remain behind bars – but that hasn’t stopped them from making plans for political, and personal, transitions ahead. Español

Emotional politics: suffer the little children?

Outrage over child abuse is no substitute for effective social policy.

Why the left needs to re-embrace the First Amendment

Censorship of the alt-right is tempting, but history tells us it will backfire. 

No Dogs, No Indians

In a world mediated by sound-bites, perhaps the theatre can take us back to what it means to be human.

The town that adopted trauma-informed care—and saw a decrease in crime and suspension

Empathy and redemption are far more effective than punishment and incarceration.

Visualising mental illness

Could mapping our anxieties generate more understanding and support?

Neoliberal psychology

Why do we allow the logic of the market to occupy our minds?

Passive patience is oppressive, but active patience can help us all

Does your commitment to justice override your desire for comfort?

Sharing stories in a broken culture

Respectful relationships are a prior condition for persuasion.

When meditation isn’t enough

For someone with a traumatized nervous system, sitting in silence isn’t always the right response.

What does it take for activists to get your attention?

We need campaigns that educate media consumers on how they are manipulated.

Why stories matter

Stories cultivate the frequently forgotten yet uniquely human traits that build solidarity.

To seize back democracy we need carpe diem politics

We're immersed in one of the most dynamic periods of public protest ever recorded, so let’s seize the day.

What DNA ancestry testing can and can’t tell you

What are the social justice implications of spitting into a test tube?

In praise of melancholia

Without knowing the extremes of sadness and joy we can never fully know or feel all that life is.

Facing up to our shadow side with compassion

Restorative justice makes real the fact that conflict, pain, suffering and crime are part of all our lives.

How I faced misogyny in Hinduism—and found peace with my faith

Religion can be a crutch for patriarchy—and a tool to dismantle it.

Can Donald Trump predict the future?

The myth of prophecy is central to the success of authoritarian politics.

Love, anger and social transformation

The politics of the future must embrace all that makes us human: our anger, our pain, our joy and our love.

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