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What do you think of Transformation?

Transformation, openDemocracy’s newest section, turns one year old today. We want your help in evaluating our progress.

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One year ago almost to the day, we launched a new section of www.openDemocracy.net called Transformation – “where love meets social justice.” Our objective was to explore how personal and social change can be combined in order to re-imagine societies in truly radical ways.

In the launch piece for the new section, we said that we wanted to challenge the reluctance of many progressive activists and writers to take the personal dimensions of social change as seriously as the political. We argued that personal change is not New Age narcissism – it means engaging in the daily struggle for dignity and justice in a different spirit, opening up more effective routes to action.

At the same time we also wanted to challenge the reluctance of many spiritual and self-help advocates to take the political dimensions of personal change as seriously as the inner life they espouse, by showing that love flourishes more easily when new institutions are built on sharing and solidarity instead of the mindless pursuit of competition, growth and power.

We’ve made good progress towards these objectives, attracting a great and diverse group of writers and activists as contributors, and a growing audience that has read our stories over one million times in the last twelve months.

We want to say a big “thank you” to everyone who has supported us this far, including all our colleagues at openDemocracy.

Now we want to evaluate our successes and failures in order to make some decisions on the road ahead when our pilot project comes to an end in December of this year.

Have we added anything to openDemocracy’s stellar coverage of politics, economics and international affairs? What have been our most interesting stories? Should Transformation continue, and if so should we be looking to expand our coverage of particular issues, or regions, or writers? 

To that end, we want to hear what you think. We’ve put together a very short survey which has ten questions and should only take 5-10 minutes of your time. To take this survey, please click on this link and fire away: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SQVR3V6

All the questions except number one are open questions, so you can say whatever it is you want us to hear.

If you prefer to leave a comment rather than fill out the survey you’re welcome to do so below this article in the space provided. You can also email us at transformation@opendemocracy.net.

However you want to provide it, your feedback will be extremely useful to us in deciding Transformation’s future. Please send this request to others who you think will be interested in responding. Thanks again for your time, your interest and your support.

Michael Edwards and Ray Filar

About the authors

Michael Edwards is a writer and activist based in upstate New York, and the editor of Transformation. His website is www.futurepositive.org and his twitter account is @edwarmi.

Ray Filar is a freelance journalist and an editor at openDemocracy, working on the Transformation section. Their writing has been published in The Guardian, The Times, and the New Statesman, among others. They are the editor of Resist! Against a precarious future (Lawrence & Wishart, 2015), a book about young people and politics. They tweet, @rayfilar, their website is here.


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