Play isn’t the
opposite of work—it’s vital for social transformation.
Deep reflective thought
about death can bring us closer to self-compassion and concern for the
well-being of others.
Speaking with both honesty and care
can transform a conflict in unexpected ways.
burned out in your work for peace and social justice? A new book provides
things that are seen as a problem in society are not: the house where locals
and refugees live and work together.
This moment in American history calls me to enter
spaces where my people’s shame can arrive with me, charging in on white horses.
A new generation of activists is developing
a much healthier and more emotionally-intelligent culture.
have always been part of people’s work for rights and social justice, so what
does it take to make activism more family friendly?
The quest for profit
is transforming the natural world. Can it be halted?
On World Vegan Day it’s time to recognize that
veganism isn’t just a fashion statement. The decision to boycott animal
products has major political implications.
A unique affordable-housing community supports both
foster families and elders who might be looking for a few extra grandchildren.
means more than politics; it involves poetry, magical
thinking and wonder, and begins with children having time and space to be creative.
over half of all prisoners in the UK have personality disorders and other
mental health problems. What are we doing?
Billionaire philanthropists are imposing their
views on the rest of society with little accountability for their actions.
From specialized clinics for African Americans to
social media events that take the shame out of sharing, there's a growing movement
to heal the psychological scars of racism.
Stories engage areas of the brain beyond those that simply process
information, facilitating negotiation and creating coherence out of traumatic
is inadequate as an explanation of criminality.
Recent research has shown what works. For starters,
hire more female police officers.
I'm leaving after three years at openDemocracy. Here are some of my favourite, must-read articles from writers to watch out for.
If the justice system becomes an assembly line
devoid of feelings, reconciliation and social justice will suffer.
new book from one of the world’s leading philosophers brims with ideas about gender, collective action and insecurity.
Instead of imprisoning
animals for profit, why not support shared efforts in coexistence?
When governments place maximizing revenue over
serving those in need, the vulnerable are harmed. And when the vulnerable are
harmed, so are we all.
What’s the point of living
longer if we face more years of isolation, poverty and neglect?
stop the economy’s advance towards greed and destruction, we need new metaphors
and images that inspire a radically different alternative.
Depression and anxiety are rising
rapidly among young people: what’s going on?
After VE Day, a look at how trauma can transcend generations, and the need for peacebuilding work to overcome the consequences of conflict.
stuck in the wrong fights can eat up energy—so learn to use it wisely.
Drag is everywhere. Drag is looks you created and looks you woke up with. At heart, the transformative nature of makeup is about allowing your curious self to flourish.
Is it ok for victims of childhood abuse to pity themselves?
Can creativity survive in the
climate of fear and coercion that’s emerging in our schools?
UK mental health service providers are still failing to deal with race and ethnicity.
There is always a choice. If we have the strength to survive oppression, we have the strength to choose not to abuse each other.
It's not just young girls and big bad wolves. Lies and misconceptions about sex work can hurt women and keep negative stereotypes alive.
We're never going to get anywhere as long as our economies of attraction resemble the economies of attraction of white supremacy.
What is Transformation
The Love that Does Justice
NGOs, Social Change and the Transformation of Human Relationships
The Tree of Contemplative Practices
Thick Problems and Thin Solutions
The Hidden Leaf Foundation's useful reading list on transformation
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