only search openDemocracy.net

Head, heart and hands: 25 years of Schumacher College

All students are encouraged to be creative and to care for others. Cleverness should be the servant of wisdom.

Lessons from the front lines of anti-colonial pipeline resistance

Ceremony, mindfulness and healing practices play a key role in radical social movements.

Your money or your morals: capitalism and fossil fuel divestment

The divestment movement highlights a set of challenges to the future of capitalism that extend far beyond its unsustainable environmental externalities.

The drama of the thinking heart

Each play relies upon the witnessing abilities of others to set free the imaginative forces of resistance. 

Findhorn: inner listening, outer action

When we turn within, we find life far kinder than it seemed before, and the possibilities far more open.

The dangers of political sainthood

If our aim is to learn from individuals who somehow rise above their time, we should treat them more like ordinary human beings.

When you get a front door, remember to leave it open

A Manchester-South Africa exchange reveals striking similarities in the dynamics of urban inequality.

Humanizing technology

It’s easier to turn technology in the direction of democracy and social justice when it’s developed with social and emotional intelligence. 

Why are Nazis so afraid of clowns?

Using humor and irony to undermine white supremacy dates back to the days of the Third Reich.

Under the volcano

A reflection on the Dark Mountain Project—testimony, protest art and praise song of a different kind.

Inside the ACLU: defending white supremacists as a black attorney

As a constitutional lawyer I fully support the First Amendment. But as a black person, I’m conflicted when it comes to defending hate.

Sacred activism: the story of Tamera

‘We all were indigenous once. We have been waiting for you. Welcome back.’

Gentrifier heal thyself?

There are limits to living our political convictions. How can we navigate them?

What can be learned from the movement to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline?

Why indigenous civil resistance has a unique power.

The future of security

Healthy and healed relationships are the key to sustainable peace.

The power of the long march

Walking across a country provides people with a tangible and visceral experience of solidarity.

What will cure the U.S. addiction to war?

We must redouble our efforts to stop the war makers from gaining the upper hand in our lives.

The real clash of civilisations

The presence or absence of conscience is perhaps the deepest human division.

Six principles of nonviolence

Nonviolence can be a safe, effective and lasting way to defeat injustice, but like any other science it takes knowledge, courage and determination.

When will there be harmony?

‘White trash,’ ‘dumbass libtard,’ ‘right-wing fuckhead:’ have we all gone mad?  

Could Facebook provide an antidote to political polarization?

Is it so hard to listen and speak respectfully to people you disagree with?

Can grassroots action neutralize the growth of the white supremacist movement?

As the ‘alt-right’ moves to violence, community responses really matter.

Slow science, slow food, slow down

When we rush, we make decisions that lack information, lack proper reflection, and ultimately make the problems of humanity worse.

What democracy looks like when you have to disagree with your neighbours

As much as I dislike the administration of President Trump, I value community harmony very deeply.

A new vision for the left

Equality and security are means to a greater end: ‘the evolution of a people who are kindly, intelligent, free, co-operative, enterprising and rich in culture.’

Tearing down the walls that keep us from finding common ground

Faced by increasing divisions we should be echoing an earlier call to action—“Tear this wall down.”

Can there be a progressive patriotism?

The left must find a way to incorporate love of country into a new political vision.   

The right way to be left

Breaking up is easy, but sticking together?  That's the real test of one's ideals. 

Utopia in Sheffield? We have to start somewhere.

“What makes us move is tasting dreams of what could be, stepping into the cracks where another world is coming into view.”

The subversive power of joy

The unexpected, spontaneous and pleasantly disruptive nature of collective celebration is one of the great equalisers of social and political struggle.

After the fight: a skinhead’s journey towards nonviolence

How one man moved from gang culture to permaculture.

Collaborating with the enemy

At a time of increasing polarization, how can we work with people we may not like, trust, or agree with?

Is there really a crisis around identity politics on the left?

The claim that intersectional critiques are divisive is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both intersectionality and socialism.

Why the moral argument for nonviolence matters

Nonviolence is a way of life, not just a strategy for organizing resistance.

Stereotyping Appalachians only feeds the coal Industry

As a fifth-generation coal miner, I see the region’s Trump signs and pro-coal stickers as symbols of defense against a world that looks down on us.

Syndicate content