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Black to the future: afrofuturism and tech power

FLORENCE OKOYE

I’d love to live in a world where the thug, the drag queen, the single mum, the octogenarian churchwarden and the black girl geek could overthrow the tech corporations.

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Why the friend zone really blows

AMIT SINGH
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I think deep down my male friends just want a hug. All our masculine bravado gets in the way of forming real, deep relationships.

Is it ok to criticise Islam?

WILLIAM EICHLER
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At what point does mocking someone’s beliefs become an attack on those who hold them? 

Black to the future: afrofuturism and tech power

FLORENCE OKOYE

I’d love to live in a world where the thug, the drag queen, the single mum, the octogenarian churchwarden and the black girl geek could overthrow the tech corporations.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Why the friend zone really blows

AMIT SINGH
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

I think deep down my male friends just want a hug. All our masculine bravado gets in the way of forming real, deep relationships.

Is it ok to criticise Islam?

WILLIAM EICHLER
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

At what point does mocking someone’s beliefs become an attack on those who hold them? 



Freedom Side’s emerging radical democratic imagination

A new coalition of young activists of color is emerging under Black Lives Matter. (4,000 words)

Why the friend zone really blows

I think deep down my male friends just want a hug. All our masculine bravado gets in the way of forming real, deep relationships.

Black to the future: afrofuturism and tech power

I’d love to live in a world where the thug, the drag queen, the single mum, the octogenarian churchwarden and the black girl geek could overthrow the tech corporations.

Is it ok to criticise Islam?

At what point does mocking someone’s beliefs become an attack on those who hold them? 

Sad puppies, rabid chauvinists: will raging white guys succeed in hijacking sci-fi’s biggest awards?

More and more women have been nominated for Hugo Awards in recent years—until this year. Here’s what’s at stake.

We have the right to have that basic thing—it’s water

Water is life, and it belongs to all of us. It’s time to start acting that way.

When did inconvenience kill compassion? Thoughts on Calais

If we replace “migrant” with “desperate and terrified person” do we see something different? A nurse and psychotherapist writes.

Science fiction and social justice: giving up on utopias

We make fiction that disrupts the status quo, examines change as a collective bottom up process, centers marginalized communities - and is neither utopian nor dystopian.

Is Australia going backwards on gender equality?

I left Pakistan to live in a society that was supposedly free from bias and discrimination. What happened?

Will you commit class suicide with me?

Recognizing that privilege is unearned is essential to dismantling the white saviour complex.

Science fiction: taking science personally

Science fiction readers know in their bones that there's a big universe out there, and that science increasingly changes everyday life.

Where are the missing mystics of the revolution?

Mysticism can undermine the social and political order in fundamental ways.

For the future struggle: what is science fiction?

The science fiction that is most important is that which situates itself at a point of struggle.

Washboard abs and crash diets: how the beauty industry is hurting men

We ask each other: "do you even lift, bro?" It’s about being big or being shredded. Preferably both.

Staying human in a time of climate change

Knowing about climate science isn’t enough. We need to get our hearts involved too. 

Intersectional pain: what I’ve learned from hospices and feminism of colour

Might pain and oppression be like love—a simple thunderbolt at times, and in other circumstances complex and slow burning over generations? 

Exposing the false prophets of social transformation

A growing group of elite storytellers present radical solutions to global problems, but their ideas actually inhibit real change and strengthen the status quo.

No, you can’t ‘be the change’ alone

Positive thinking may be useless or even damaging, but negative thinking is unlikely to change the world for the better.

The overwhelming whiteness of Portland's World Naked Bike Ride

Seeing a mass of drunk and high naked white people celebrating their newfound liberty with police officers standing guard is a slap to the face. 

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

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