All monopolies—religious, social, political and
economic—spring from the desire for power and domination.
What standards of behavior should we expect from the leaders
of foundations, NGOs and aid agencies?Español, Français, Português .
The alternatives we imagine are products of
the times in which we live. A review of Peter Frase’s book Four Futures.
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
European Commission has shelved the results of its largest-ever research
project on corporate social responsibility. What happened?
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.
Economics shapes the
bulk of our waking hours, so how do we reclaim control of our lives from such a
The Ford Foundation believes we have an obligation to strengthen capitalism. In fact we have a duty to transform it.
By refusing to recognize that the Earth is alive we implicitly endorse
the worldview that enables our destruction of the planet (3k words).
racial tropes to sell ice cream and skin whiteners shows that corporate social responsibility
can never be achieved voluntarily.
Billionaire philanthropists are imposing their
views on the rest of society with little accountability for their actions.
Instead of fighting a
destructive economic system, international conservation NGOs are bonding with
There’s more to human beings than biology and physiology—and it shouldn’t
be for sale.
Labor unions are beginning to re-focus
on continuous community organizing and agitation.
Raising money is part of the struggle for
social change, not something that rich people do on behalf of the poor.
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?
Economies have no essential nature. Once this is
recognized, many more opportunities for change present themselves.
When Elon Musk talks about governance on Mars, what’s really scary are
the implications for democracy on Earth.
I'm leaving after three years at openDemocracy. Here are some of my favourite, must-read articles from writers to watch out for.
As a refugee, there is no place I can call home. I've had to accept a life in exile.
When governments place maximizing revenue over
serving those in need, the vulnerable are harmed. And when the vulnerable are
harmed, so are we all.
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.
stop the economy’s advance towards greed and destruction, we need new metaphors
and images that inspire a radically different alternative.
A policy that parcels out money to people may maintain, or even exacerbate, levels of loneliness and individualism.
Eight people have been found not guilty of using direct action to shut down one of the largest arms fairs in the world.
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.
True wealth and power are found in collectives of people working
together to radiate out justice and equality.
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.
financial system is part of the problem, not part of the solution. So what’s to
Just why are artists so poor? Hans Abbing explains.
we stopped imprisoning our emotions in industrially manufactured profit centers,
desire could become an engine of social transformation.
According to a new report, income inequality isn't the only thing we should be concerned about.
The UK government's recent attempts to legislate against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions are reminiscent of Thatcher during South African Apartheid.
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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