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Spirituality and the insurrection of seeds

All monopolies—religious, social, political and economic—spring from the desire for power and domination.

Should funding agencies also share in the sacrifice of social change?

What standards of behavior should we expect from the leaders of foundations, NGOs and aid agencies?EspañolFrançaisPortuguês .

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.

Is communism dead, and can spirituality revive it?

Every cultural transformation in history has reached into the most intimate sphere of human motivation.

Will black people also be excluded from Mars?

In the new space race, whose version of humanity is being targeted for saving?

The corporate wax nose

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

When a tiger has no value

The quest for profit is transforming the natural world. Can it be halted?

The rise of veganism in politics

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.

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.

Fear of a living planet

By refusing to recognize that the Earth is alive we implicitly endorse the worldview that enables our destruction of the planet (3k words).

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.

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.

Raise America inspires a new generation of organizing for low-wage workers

Labor unions are beginning to re-focus on continuous community organizing and agitation.

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.

What’s to be done with Oxfam?

Too small to influence economics, too bureaucratic to be social movements, banned from politics and removed from the societies they’re trying to change, where do NGOs go next?

Buddhism and economic transformation

Economies have no essential nature. Once this is recognized, many more opportunities for change present themselves.

Lost in space? Silicon Valley and the future of democracy

When Elon Musk talks about governance on Mars, what’s really scary are the implications for democracy on Earth.

Looking back: 12 of Transformation's greatest articles

I'm leaving after three years at openDemocracy. Here are some of my favourite, must-read articles from writers to watch out for.

How I became a refugee within a day

As a refugee, there is no place I can call home. I've had to accept a life in exile.

Transforming the poverty industry

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 happening to the millions of people displaced by climate change?

Weather-related hazards are displacing millions of people globally. The World Humanitarian Summit was a start, but countries need to start dealing with climate refugees.

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.

Will the Universal Basic Income make us lonely?

A policy that parcels out money to people may maintain, or even exacerbate, levels of loneliness and individualism.

Court victory gives momentum to long struggle against London arms fair

Eight people have been found not guilty of using direct action to shut down one of the largest arms fairs in the world.

Ending the silence around German colonialism

At least 300,000 people died at the hands of German colonizers during its empire. These art projects are uncovering colonial histories to understand racism in Germany today.

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.

Why I am an anti-Zionist Jew

The Israeli government deliberately invokes terrorist attacks, rockets, and scary brown men in headscarfs to stoke the population's fear, but I am scared of the racism Zionists use to justify the occupation. Originally published August 2014.

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.

Why does happiness inequality matter?

According to a new report, income inequality isn't the only thing we should be concerned about.

Banning boycotts: is history repeating itself?

The UK government's recent attempts to legislate against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions are reminiscent of Thatcher during South African Apartheid.

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