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The role of money

Is money a curse or a cure in relation to injustice and inequality? This series of articles investigates the role of money in the transformation of society.

Four futures: life after capitalism

The alternatives we imagine are products of the times in which we live. A review of Peter Frase’s book Four Futures.

The corporate wax nose

The European Commission has shelved the results of its largest-ever research project on corporate social responsibility. What happened?

For Hallowe’en this year, I’m dressing as the economy

Economics shapes the bulk of our waking hours, so how do we reclaim control of our lives from such a dismal science?

The privilege of being privileged

The Ford Foundation believes we have an obligation to strengthen capitalism. In fact we have a duty to transform it.

Five disempowering traits that international NGOs must drop

Only one per cent of foreign aid reaches Southern NGOs directly. How long can this continue?

Unilever’s racist marketing shows why companies can’t be relied on to regulate themselves

Using racial tropes to sell ice cream and skin whiteners shows that corporate social responsibility can never be achieved voluntarily.

How democracy vouchers could combat big money in politics

Across the USA, voters are pushing for public-matching systems to replace the influence of wealthy bankrollers in elections.

Why should Bill Gates decide how our children should be educated?

Billionaire philanthropists are imposing their views on the rest of society with little accountability for their actions.

Wildlife conservationists need to break out of their Stockholm syndrome

Instead of fighting a destructive economic system, international conservation NGOs are bonding with its brutality.

In the fight for our genes, could we lose what makes us human?

There’s more to human beings than biology and physiology—and it shouldn’t be for sale.

Is social justice fundraising an oxymoron?

Raising money is part of the struggle for social change, not something that rich people do on behalf of the poor.

Husbandry: a feminist reclamation of men’s responsibility to care

To stop the economy’s advance towards greed and destruction, we need new metaphors and images that inspire a radically different alternative.

Does a fear of death lie at the heart of capitalism?

True wealth and power are found in collectives of people working together to radiate out justice and equality.

Transforming finance can help to tackle the biggest problems of society

The current financial system is part of the problem, not part of the solution. So what’s to be done?

Who gets to be an artist? An interview with cultural theorist Hans Abbing

Just why are artists so poor? Hans Abbing explains. 

The erotic economy: it’s not what you think

If we stopped imprisoning our emotions in industrially manufactured profit centers, desire could become an engine of social transformation.

Can ‘effective altruism’ change the world? It already has.

How to achieve the most good in the world is a question that should occupy all our imaginations: a response to Lisa Herzog.

Can ‘effective altruism’ really change the world?

We must transform the world, not simply make choices that appear to be rational within the current global order. Scott Weathers responds here.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Trans ™: how the trans movement got sold out

From Zoolander 2 to Brewdog, now being transgender is cool, corporations are co-opting the sexy bits to turn a profit. 

Is social enterprise becoming a reactionary force?

It's highly unlikely that capitalism will be transformed from within (originally published May 13 2015 and republished as part of our tribute to Rick Cohen who died this week).

In memory of Rick Cohen

Civil society in America has lost one of its staunchest defenders

Carers of the world unite

Women carers are still fighting for the right to not be impoverished, overworked, isolated, or exploited in their work.

Public Private Partnerships? They’re as old as Christopher Columbus

Private companies are encouraged to latch onto every potentially-profitable public investment. What’s new or good about that?

Why South Africa's gold miners are suing their bosses

Tens of thousands of gold miners are suffering with diseases like silicosis, tuberculosis and HIV. In the mines, Apartheid lives on.

If the MacArthur Foundation wants a low carbon economy, why is it investing in fossil fuels and ignoring grassroots action?

Too many foundations fail to practice what they preach on climate change. It’s time to close the gap. 

For these borrowers and lenders, debt is a relationship based on love

Transforming the financial system could allow debt to become a source of freedom instead of servitude. 

Barbarians at the philanthropic gate: are foundation grants to corporations defensible?

Companies shouldn’t be on the philanthropic take: they should foot their own bills for expansion in new markets. 

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