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Beyond Paris: avoiding the trap of carbon metrics

CAMILA MORENO and LILI FUHR and DANIEL SPEICH CHASSé

Instead of changing our economic system to make it fit within the natural limits of the planet, we are redefining nature so that it fits within the economic system.

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The Pipeline Strikes Back: the audacity of TransCanada's $15b suit against the U.S.

JIM SHULTZ
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The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?

The sex scandal following the Whole Foods’ guru

MICHAEL SCHULSON
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A cautionary tale where New Age spirituality meets American capitalism amid accusations of abuse.

Beyond Paris: avoiding the trap of carbon metrics

CAMILA MORENO and LILI FUHR and DANIEL SPEICH CHASSé

Instead of changing our economic system to make it fit within the natural limits of the planet, we are redefining nature so that it fits within the economic system.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The Pipeline Strikes Back: the audacity of TransCanada's $15b suit against the U.S.

JIM SHULTZ
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?

The sex scandal following the Whole Foods’ guru

MICHAEL SCHULSON
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

A cautionary tale where New Age spirituality meets American capitalism amid accusations of abuse.



Why understanding gut reactions is key to building powerful social movements

Activists need to recognize and utilize their intuition as well as their rational minds.

Workaholics anonymous: four ways to take time out

Being an effective, productive employee was everything I dreamt of. Until illness caught up with me and I had to learn to take a break.

Beyond Paris: avoiding the trap of carbon metrics

Instead of changing our economic system to make it fit within the natural limits of the planet, we are redefining nature so that it fits within the economic system.

'Commons sense’: you either see it or you don’t

Some of the debates regarding agency, change and commoning that flowed through openDemocracy in 2015.

The Pipeline Strikes Back: the audacity of TransCanada's $15b suit against the U.S.

The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?

The sex scandal following the Whole Foods’ guru

A cautionary tale where New Age spirituality meets American capitalism amid accusations of abuse.

The legend of Greenham Common women's peace camp

Greenham was an alternative world, an anti-nuclear protest by hundreds of thousands of women activists. At 'Bringing Greenham Home', we relived the spirit with films and talks from those who were there.

Daesh and other psychopathic cultures

Cleansing every system of pathological tendencies is the only route to peace.

Why we need young people to create the new politics

Activism from young people against the callous actions of the establishment is growing, despite the growing pressures on their time and money just to survive.

Six key messages about sexual violence in UK activist communities

The Salvage research project listens to survivors of activist sexual violence: here's what they've learned.

What happens when soldiers stop believing in war?

Nan Levinson's new book dispels the myth that those who fight in wars also support them.

How to stop competing and start building community

To get the most out of a community, you need a shared strategy, a space to grow, and to practice liberation. 

When resting is resistance

Activists fixate on the future: impatient for the world we want to see. But falling into the capitalist trap of ceaseless productivity leads to burn out.

Could giving circles rebuild philanthropy from the bottom up?

Grassroots giving could provide a healthier way of funding social change, but it also has its limitations.

From the shelf to the bin: food waste and the culture of rush

A third of all food that’s produced in the world is thrown away as ‘waste.’ What’s going on? Español

A love letter to wilderness

Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity for the human spirit (video, 3 minutes).

Is Ireland about to become the pinkwashing capital of the world?

Ireland's political parties are projecting themselves as proud and tireless equality advocates. It's up to voters to reject this.

Six hopeful breakthroughs from 2015

Despite conflicts and crises at home and abroad, 2015 offered glimpses of the road to a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world. 

Notes from Kabul

'Not following the rules is how they have survived': a powerful meditation on life in the Afghan capital.

The Chubsters and me: how my fat girl gang queered activism

An edited extract from Charlotte Cooper's new book Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement.

Work less, play more

The 40-hour work week is an ingrained part of our culture, but it does very little to enrich our lives. Here's how to do away with the nine-to-five.

Madness and oppression

What if emotional sensitivities were seen, not as mental illnesses to be cured, but as gifts to be managed in ways that help people thrive?

Welcome to another year of transformation

Can the world be reconstructed through the fusion of personal and social change? We say yes, and here's what we're learning.

Why manning up is the worst thing we can do

Can we cure the toxicity of male trauma and the resulting illnesses it creates?

10 top ways to survive your family Christmas

From imagining they're dead to distracting yourself with cute puppy pics, here's how to keep cool under family pressure this Christmas.

Taking pictures that mean something: everyday life in Salford

Understanding the complexities of daily life provides the building blocks of social transformation.

Five ways to make your Christmas truly meaningful

If you don’t spend loads of money on presents and parties, what’s left? Here are tips for alternative gifts and traditions to close 2015.

Why slower money is the key to a real economic recovery

An exciting crop of organizations are financing businesses in ways that create real and lasting wealth. 

Hijacked emotions: fighting terrorism with love

Love requires us to think of terrorists as people. We need to look beyond terrorist acts to the exploitation of powerless countries by the West.

Love versus fear

What does movement building look like in a time of terror?

They cut, we bleed: activists are fighting cuts to domestic violence services

Intimate partner violence kills two women a week, while around the UK refuges are forced to close. Sisters Uncut have had enough.

Why it’s time to say goodbye to ‘doing good and doing well’

Being simultaneously rich and radical is certainly seductive, but the conflicts that have animated history can’t be wished away.

In Tripoli, young Lebanese defy a city’s violent reputation

Graffiti and other street art, music and collective action are tools to overturn mainstream media stereotypes.

More than equality: reasons to be a feminist socialist

Equality? Feminist socialism has something better in mind: using power to transform hierarchies.

Inside the Texas megachurch where 90 percent of worshipers are LGBT

There are hundreds of LGBT-friendly churches in the USA—and many are in conservative cities where you'd least expect them. 

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