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The mysticism of wide open eyes

MICHAEL EDWARDS

How does spirituality connect to social change?

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We protest by creating beauty

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

Is the new breed of white nationalists in retreat?

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

The mysticism of wide open eyes

MICHAEL EDWARDS

How does spirituality connect to social change?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

We protest by creating beauty

FEARLESS COLLECTIVE
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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

Is the new breed of white nationalists in retreat?

SHANE BURLEY
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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

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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.

Should funding agencies also share in the sacrifice of social change?

The furor over Pepsi's fake protest ad resurfaces questions around the Ford Foundation president's decision to join their board. (Originally published December 5 2016).

Why we're not taking the new porn laws lying down

Who cares about a bunch of queers flogging each other when there’s a migrant crisis and article 50 has been triggered? We do.

The power of sign

As Sweet Honey in the Rock’s sign language interpreter, Shirley Childress dedicated her life to deaf rights.

Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist

Economics matters enormously for the future, but its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date.

How anti-Vietnam War activists stopped violent protest from hijacking their movement

Governments welcome violent protests and know how to deal with them. It’s a lesson the anti-Trump movement should remember.

The neoliberal economics of family life

Attempts to restore the family as the foundation of social welfare could destroy the gains of second-wave feminism.

Minnesota churches face tough questions in offering sanctuary to immigrants

Protecting immigrants is vital work, but what happens when the police arrive at your door?

Don’t mention Jesus! Why excluding beliefs from the public sphere is mistaken

Should we hide our deepest values in the public sphere or shout them from the rooftops?

Listen to a recorded audio version of this article courtesy of curio.io.

Preparing for the long haul under the Trump administration

There are hundreds of ways to stay upright and human in trying times—here’s a selection.

What does it mean to love the world? Hannah Arendt and Amor Mundi

Sentiment is dangerous in politics, but solidarity and critical thinking are essential.

For automation to benefit society it must serve human beings—not replace them

Advances in artificial intelligence call us to revisit basic questions about work, love and human purpose.

We’ve been down this road before

A powerful new video shows how immigrants have been scapegoated throughout US history (4 minutes). 

From the politics of division to the politics of humanity

We must not give up on revolutionary optimism. It may get us some important concessions from neo-liberalism—and possibly much, much more.

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