The problem with safer spaces

CLARE MOHAN

When you make your trauma a crucial aspect of your identity, it becomes harder to heal from it.

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How random acts of kindness could transform support for battered women

BEULAH MAUD DEVANEY
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What happens when your cause is ill-suited to campaigns that tug the heart-strings?

Dead name: why Facebook is wrong about who we are

RAY FILAR
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For me the legal barriers that block living authentically are upsetting. But for others they are downright dangerous.

The problem with safer spaces

CLARE MOHAN

When you make your trauma a crucial aspect of your identity, it becomes harder to heal from it.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

How random acts of kindness could transform support for battered women

BEULAH MAUD DEVANEY
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

What happens when your cause is ill-suited to campaigns that tug the heart-strings?

Dead name: why Facebook is wrong about who we are

RAY FILAR
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

For me the legal barriers that block living authentically are upsetting. But for others they are downright dangerous.



Have reports of the death of capitalism been greatly exaggerated?

Capitalism isn’t going anywhere without a fight, no matter how inventive the alternatives. 

Dealing with Muslim dissent

The solution to extremism lies through strategies that enable rather than constrain the space for Muslim free expression.

The problem with safer spaces

When you make your trauma a crucial aspect of your identity, it becomes harder to heal from it.

How random acts of kindness could transform support for battered women

What happens when your cause is ill-suited to campaigns that tug the heart-strings?

Dead name: why Facebook is wrong about who we are

For me the legal barriers that block living authentically are upsetting. But for others they are downright dangerous.

Can the end of life be an opportunity for social change?

Death and grief can nurture compassion, joy and solidarity, creating a revolution in the way we care for others.

The dangers of radical self-love

Positive thinking is no basis for social transformation. Better to seek out the truth than live in someone else’s fairy tale.

Who cares? Preparing for the age wave of the future.

Everyone has the right to be cared for in their elder years. Here’s one way to make that happen. 

Nonviolent resistance in Palestine: steadfastness, creativity and hope

"I don’t want my children to live my life. I’m looking for a future for my children and all children that is without occupation and violence. We have to have hope to resist.”

Works of love: Cicely Saunders and the hospice movement

Profoundly rejecting the fatalistic response of the medical establishment, a new movement placed people at the heart of compassionate care at the end of their lives.

How to decolonize your yoga practice

The practices westerners now turn to for alternative health were intentionally eradicated from India under colonial rule. 

The mindful media diet: how to consciously consume the news

Understanding how we digest the news gives us the power to stop being passive media consumers and benefit our wellbeing.

The pain of loneliness

The suffocating condition of loneliness is the consequence of feeling isolated, disconnected, and adrift, not of being alone.

Can philanthropy ever reduce inequality?

The Ford Foundation’s new mission is to eradicate inequality. Will they learn from past mistakes?

If you care about changing society, focus on strengths

Asking “What is wrong with our community?” will produce quite different answers to asking, “What would our ideal community be like?”  

Partners in prayer: women's rights and religion in Morocco

Pundits say that religion and human rights are opposing forces in Morocco, especially around women’s rights. Our Human Rights Perception Polls suggest a more nuanced picture. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debates, Public Opinion and Human Rights and Religion and Human Rights.  Françaisالعربية

Celebrity talk and the problem of inequality

Do attitudes towards the rich and famous help to legitimize gross disparities in wealth and power?

Let's change how we think about mental health

Seeing psychological distress as a mental health problem supports a modern cultural myth.

All you need is a politics of love

After the US Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, campaigners chanted “love has won” and “#lovewins” was a Twitter trend. What would a broader politics of love look like?

California’s drought: the canary in the coalmine?

There is no place on earth that can be safe, secure or healthy in a world that is running out of water.

Welcome to the empathy wars

Stepping into other people’s shoes has been a catalytic force for social change throughout human history.

Racism is not a mental illness

Racism isn’t all in individual heads; it doesn’t just reveal itself in interpersonal relations. History, politics, and economics matter.

The radical dissent of Helen Keller

When a blind-deaf visionary learned that poor people were more likely to be blind than others, she set off down a path that broke the boundaries of her time. 

Will the left ever get religion?

Can there ever be a truly successful, secular revolution? 

Dylann Roof is not an extremist

The Charleston murders are consistent with the violence and racism that has characterized America since its creation.

Preventing gun violence without just talking about the gun

WATCH: 289 people are shot every day in the US. Of those that are shot 90 will die, every day. A talk on gun violence in the wake of the Charleston shooting.

Can you train your brain to be more compassionate?

We found changes in regions associated with empathy, emotion regulation and reward processing.

Pitirim Sorokin: expanding the radius of love

Cultural crises are opportunities to change the direction of society in fundamental ways.

Cheer up ‘Bifo’—history hasn’t ended yet

What’s the relationship between capitalism and mental health? A review of Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide.

Ursula K Le Guin calls on fantasy and sci fi writers to envision alternatives to capitalism

This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system.

Are you cultivating knowledge or just consuming information?

Whether the internet is a mindless distraction or the greatest educational tool ever invented is all in how we use it.

Five reasons why you never want to be rich

If you’re suffering from ‘affluenza’ it’s time to recognize that you’re sick.

Re-capturing the civic heart of social enterprise

Commercialisation is flooding the social economy. Here’s how to reverse the tide.

What will it take to shut down Yarl's Wood?

Hundreds of people will protest against the locking up and abuse of women at Yarl's Wood detention centre.

Don’t punish yourself to make the world a better place

Why do Westerners go to extremes in following Eastern spiritual paths? A conversation with Scott Carney, author of A Death on Diamond Mountain.

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