Great work gets done by good people

DAN MACINNES

The founders of the Antigonish movement told people to "set the heather on fire" and create a new cooperative economy. What lay behind their success?

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Forget venture capitalists: how a scrappy composting co-op found another way to get support

LAURA FLANDERS
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

How can a just and sustainable society be financed in a capitalist economy? 

Rape culture: would prison abolition help women?

JOSH KITTO
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

What would transformative justice for survivors look like? Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.

Great work gets done by good people

DAN MACINNES

The founders of the Antigonish movement told people to "set the heather on fire" and create a new cooperative economy. What lay behind their success?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Forget venture capitalists: how a scrappy composting co-op found another way to get support

LAURA FLANDERS
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

How can a just and sustainable society be financed in a capitalist economy? 

Rape culture: would prison abolition help women?

JOSH KITTO
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

What would transformative justice for survivors look like? Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.



Forget venture capitalists: how a scrappy composting co-op found another way to get support

How can a just and sustainable society be financed in a capitalist economy? 

Great work gets done by good people

The founders of the Antigonish movement told people to "set the heather on fire" and create a new cooperative economy. What lay behind their success?

Rape culture: would prison abolition help women?

What would transformative justice for survivors look like? Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.

The best kept secret of the Catholic Church—its social teachings

On paper, Catholicism is one of the most progressive faiths in the world: shame about the practice.

To create positive change, trust your instincts

At a time when fear and terror seems pervasive, individual and group instincts can triumph.

Put away the scriptures and follow justice

In contexts where faith plays a major role in public and private life, critical engagement with religion is the only option.

Violence as a theological problem

Deeply ingrained in the religious consciousness of the United States is the belief that retribution is God’s will.

14 reasons for celebrating 200 years of Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Here are fourteen reasons for the celebration of this work of genius, beginning with seven celebrating what Pride and Prejudice might be said to have gained from its own historical moment, before moving to the 'feel good factor' of our times. A Valentine's card, originally published on February 14, 2014.

Why is it so hard to believe in climate change?

Those who come after us will wonder at how we were so blinkered, at why we took so long to change.

I am a fat dancer, but I am not your inspiration porn

We are challenging to watch, unapologetic, incautious, visceral and about a million miles away from cosy or jolly stereotypes.

First, do no harm: expanding our moral circle beyond religion

Secular values and commitments are all that’s needed to anchor the deep transformation of society.

Christianity was liberation for you—for me it was slavery: a tale of two kingdoms

Can religious conservatives be enlightened out of their convictions? If not, what are the implications? The launch of a new Transformation series on religion.

As a veteran, I see 'American Sniper' as dangerous, but not for the reasons you'd think

Except for the military’s interpreters, every Iraqi in the movie is either evil, a butchering insurgent or a collaborator. They’re all "savages".

You can’t love a whole planet

Do global problems require global solutions? All transformation is ultimately local.

The art of #BlackLivesMatter

A myriad of creative responses to police violence show that art is at the forefront of instigating social change.

Transforming philanthropy: it’s time to get serious

Could the big foundations ever be the change they want to see? 

A new economy for a regenerative society

Most of the products of our growth-addicted economy are useless, obsolete and unnecessary junk that do not contribute to our human purpose; on the contrary they impoverish, deplete and contaminate our eco-livelihood.

From sharing economy to gift ecology

The highest potential of sharing comes from the transformative spirit of generosity.

How should we remember Auschwitz?

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, whose stories are told and whose are marginalized? 

The Holocaust's lessons remain deeply contested

This year's commemoration marks a turning point in Holocaust remembrance. What we want is to honor the dead and empower the living, but often we end doing neither.

The people’s state of the union: re-imagining U.S. politics

Could the U.S. President’s annual address be reconfigured as a playful, reflective and connective civic ritual? Here’s how.

Can clients become citizens? Evaluating the new democracy in Indonesia

Political transformation means more than a few new institutions. It’s a deeply cultural process that lives in the history of every community.

America’s holy alliance is ripping apart at the seams

Liberals and progressives may feel besieged by the religious right, but they should breathe easy: they are winning.

Can you imagine a city where trees and swings matter more than cars?

As we reimagine our future cities, we can make room for nature and humanity.

Is unearned income acceptable?

The rich get rich through wealth extraction, not wealth creation. It’s time that was put to an end.

What makes nonviolent movements explode?

The emergence of social movements is a product of two powerful forces working in tandem: disruption and sacrifice.

Imagine if we used renewable energy to build a safer world

The UK government spends £37 billion on the arms industry every year. What if it invested in green energy instead?

There is no such thing as prison reform: an interview with CeCe McDonald

CeCe McDonald was sent to prison for defending herself against a hate crime. On the one year anniversary of her release, she discusses how to fight back against oppression. Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.

Why is there so little action on climate change?

Are there new ways to engage the public in mass action to reduce global warming, or should we focus on adapting to the inevitable?

Charlie Hebdo: is nothing sacred?

Until we know what we would die for, we don't know why we're alive. But what, if anything, would you be willing to kill for?

Another Politics—from anti-colonial to Occupy

Chris Dixon’s new book identifies four principles that underpin the success of transformative social movements.

Why the fight against HIV starts within us

We may no longer herd people with HIV/AIDS into colonies, but economic policy still leads to destitution and despair. That's why activist group ACT UP UK have reformed.

Challenging patriarchy in Kyrgyzstan

A post-Soviet generation of feminists is struggling to transform society through a mix of personal and political action. 

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.

Science fiction and the post-Ferguson world

Radical science fiction and fantasy are remedies for the belief that there is no alternative to the violence and inequality that surrounds us.

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