The oceans are not worth $24 trillion

CHARLES EISENSTEIN

Some things are beyond measure and beyond price. No amount of money is enough to compensate for the loss of the sacred.

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Should compassion be an election issue?

DERMOT FEENAN and DANIEL BEDFORD
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Compassion isn’t the property of Labour or the Conservatives, but when both parties embrace it does it mean anything at all?

The problem with wanting 'peace' in Baltimore

KAZU HAGA
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

You can watch police get away with murder after murder and not take a stand, and you would be 'not violent'. 

The oceans are not worth $24 trillion

CHARLES EISENSTEIN

Some things are beyond measure and beyond price. No amount of money is enough to compensate for the loss of the sacred.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Should compassion be an election issue?

DERMOT FEENAN and DANIEL BEDFORD
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Compassion isn’t the property of Labour or the Conservatives, but when both parties embrace it does it mean anything at all?

The problem with wanting 'peace' in Baltimore

KAZU HAGA
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

You can watch police get away with murder after murder and not take a stand, and you would be 'not violent'. 



Should compassion be an election issue?

Compassion isn’t the property of Labour or the Conservatives, but when both parties embrace it does it mean anything at all?

The oceans are not worth $24 trillion

Some things are beyond measure and beyond price. No amount of money is enough to compensate for the loss of the sacred.

The problem with wanting 'peace' in Baltimore

You can watch police get away with murder after murder and not take a stand, and you would be 'not violent'. 

Does phenomenology herald a new era for religion?

Placing the emphasis on human experience opens the door to a more life-affirming role for religion.

Listen to Syria’s non-violent activists: stop the bombs

Eighty-five groups representing 17,000 Syrians have backed the new campaign Planet Syria, demanding international pressure for an end to the bombs and real peace talks.

Re-imagining the future of work

An extract from Resist! Against a precarious future, a new book on young people and politics.

The pacifist dilemma: women peacemakers’ responses to Islamic State

Can non-violent strategies defeat the new fascism of Islamic State and its allies? Women peace makers’ hopes and doubts recall the rift in the peace movement when Nazism threatened Europe.

Living with smartness

Will new technologies turn people into passive human beings?

To stop the age of extinction, nature needs a new pronoun

Calling the natural world ‘it’ absolves us of moral responsibility and opens the door to exploitation. 

Is passionate work a neoliberal delusion?

The rise of the creative economy encourages self-interest over collective action in the arts, but all is not lost.

These American cities are fighting for control over electricity and the internet

State politicians are governed by check-writers in the energy and telecommunications businesses, but cities are pushing back.

The conflict at the heart of modern money

Making money into a positive force for social change requires detaching it from its role in storing value.

Meet the musicians challenging India's rising inequality and untouchability

"Our role is to counter injustice with justice and healing, war with peace, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love."

The miserable cynic's guide to mindfulness

If unhappiness is the human condition, what's the point of mindfulness? 

Can money be a force for good?

There is more money in the world than at any other point in human history, so why doesn’t it reach the places that need it most?

Strivers and skivers? We’re all in this together

Could society be rebuilt around understanding and compassion instead of shame? The effects would be revolutionary. 

Free University: the new wave of student occupations

London students have been occupying their universities since March. They explain why.

What happens to democracy in a cashless society?

New technology is transforming the way we pay for everything, but at what cost?

How group therapy taught me to survive oppression

There is no guide to how to discuss your most painful experiences with strangers. Group therapy becomes a microcosm of the world.

Rethinking basic income in a sharing society

A basic income derived from the value of collectively owned resources could empower citizens to transform their societies.  

Who’s in charge of transforming Detroit?

The real promise of urban transformation comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out—building a new city from the bottom up.

The art of peace-building

There is still little documentation of how art creates social and personal change. We must develop this language.

In Lebanon, young people are challenging mental health stereotypes

Tradition, corruption and political negligence continue to stigmatise mental illness, but the new generation is transforming old taboos.

Is secularism bad for women?

Gender equality should not be pitted against religious freedom, so what kind of political arrangements could guarantee religious women’s rights and full social inclusion? 

Zen and the art of social movement maintenance

“In a racially unjust world,” revolutionary activist Angela Davis asked mindfulness popularizer Jon Kabat-Zinn, “what good is mindfulness?”

Can the prison system be transformed? Shaka Senghor and #Cut50

A new campaign to be launched on March 26 aims to cut the U.S. prison population in half by 2025.

Can religious groups help to prevent violent conflict?

When peace and violence are examined through a faith-based lens, a different set of factors come to the foreground.

Is Bill Cosby's legacy more important than the truth?

When America’s dream, black dad is accused of sadistic, multiple rape, it’s an American dilemma. What’s more, it is a black dilemma.

A new collective injects performance art into Black Lives Matter in New York

While activists continue to engage in orthodox forms of protest, guerilla theatre groups are using new ways to get their message across.

These 6 incredible art projects are transforming lives in the UK

Unity is about recognising our differences, it's about using our resources to support each other's struggles. It is about becoming accomplices in each other’s fights for survival.

Deep in the Amazon, one tribe is beating big oil

The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally and philosophically. 

Broke: all about life in debt

The slippery slope into debt doesn’t happen by chance. It is premeditated by a billion pound industry that works hard to target young people, like my 18 year old self.

Building people power before the Paris climate summit

As we approach yet another climate summit this November, the question is: how can we reverse the continuing climate catastrophe over the next quarter-century?

How the Home Office keeps getting it wrong on LGBTQ asylum seekers

The Home Office says that asylum seeker Aderonke Apata can't be a lesbian as she has had children with a man. The new Solidarity with Aderonke Tumblr project tells a different story.

How music can shift the conversation on climate change

Artists from Egypt to Rwanda are working together to protect the Nile River Basin.

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