Stories cultivate the
frequently forgotten yet uniquely human traits that build solidarity.
What are the social justice implications of
spitting into a test tube?
Without knowing the extremes of sadness and joy we can never fully know
or feel all that life is.
Religion can be a crutch for patriarchy—and a
tool to dismantle it.
myth of prophecy is central to the success of authoritarian politics.
Who cares about a bunch of queers flogging each other when
there’s a migrant crisis and article 50 has been triggered? We do.
As Sweet Honey in the
Rock’s sign language interpreter, Shirley Childress dedicated her life to deaf
Should we hide our
deepest values in the public sphere or shout them from the rooftops?
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Advances in artificial intelligence call us to
revisit basic questions about work, love and human purpose.
How can people who spend their
lives discussing politics sometimes be so out of touch? Español
A new film describes a world whose inhabitants have been broken, but offers the hope that all can be repaired.
Like an aged babysitter who has forgotten
herself for a moment and decided to join the kids, Theresa May now identifies
Donald Trump as her closest ally.
The language of violence pervades our discourse,
even when we’re not talking about war.
critical need for genuine fact cannot be overstated.
tile a bridge across one of the busiest streets in a city without a permit and with
almost no financial support?
The cyber-world collapses the distance between the spectator and the
scene of brutality, but does this encourage voyeurism or solidarity?
Are photographs of
war and atrocity losing the power to move us?
picks no sides—it merely fills the gaps left by broken communication.
we want to beat Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and their ilk we need new stories, and fast.
We need your help to expand our coverage of deep-rooted
personal and political change.
Where are the superheroes of color, the women
leads, the queer characters and more?
can break down or reinforce power structures in surprising ways.
'Post-truth' is supposedly the word of the
year, but what does it actually mean for the future of politics?
and the threat of violence have a particular address to women. Welcome to a new
phase of anti-feminism.
Every cultural transformation in
history has reached into the most intimate sphere of human motivation.
In the new space race, whose version of humanity is being targeted for
On Remembrance Day the poppy, with its narcotic,
sleep-inducing qualities, stands as a fitting symbol for Britain’s long dream-sleep.
Right-wing movements in the US are repackaging ideas
from white nationalism into a new, more middle-class culture by using the
strategies and language of the left (4,500
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.
Faced with a future that presents itself as non-negotiable, the temptation is to turn towards the past.
All acts of mass murder are
crimes against humanity, and require a gross debasing of other people.
means more than politics; it involves poetry, magical
thinking and wonder, and begins with children having time and space to be creative.
Divisive issues are the mainstays of modern politics.
Can theatre help people to confront them?
decides whether or not an image is fit for human consumption, and on what
Can the physical
reminders of British occupation ever be seen as home?
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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