From sharing economy to gift ecology

The highest potential of sharing comes from the transformative spirit of generosity.

How should we remember Auschwitz?

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, whose stories are told and whose are marginalized? 

The Holocaust's lessons remain deeply contested

This year's commemoration marks a turning point in Holocaust remembrance. What we want is to honor the dead and empower the living, but often we end doing neither.

The people’s state of the union: re-imagining U.S. politics

Could the U.S. President’s annual address be reconfigured as a playful, reflective and connective civic ritual? Here’s how.

Can you imagine a city where trees and swings matter more than cars?

As we reimagine our future cities, we can make room for nature and humanity.

What makes nonviolent movements explode?

The emergence of social movements is a product of two powerful forces working in tandem: disruption and sacrifice.

Imagine if we used renewable energy to build a safer world

The UK government spends £37 billion on the arms industry every year. What if it invested in green energy instead?

There is no such thing as prison reform: an interview with CeCe McDonald

CeCe McDonald was sent to prison for defending herself against a hate crime. On the one year anniversary of her release, she discusses how to fight back against oppression. Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.

Why is there so little action on climate change?

Are there new ways to engage the public in mass action to reduce global warming, or should we focus on adapting to the inevitable?

Charlie Hebdo: is nothing sacred?

Until we know what we would die for, we don't know why we're alive. But what, if anything, would you be willing to kill for?

Another Politics—from anti-colonial to Occupy

Chris Dixon’s new book identifies four principles that underpin the success of transformative social movements.

Why the fight against HIV starts within us

We may no longer herd people with HIV/AIDS into colonies, but economic policy still leads to destitution and despair. That's why activist group ACT UP UK have reformed.

Challenging patriarchy in Kyrgyzstan

A post-Soviet generation of feminists is struggling to transform society through a mix of personal and political action. 

Welcome to Transformation

Can the world be reconstructed through the fusion of personal and social change? We say yes. Here's to another year of Transformation.

Science fiction and the post-Ferguson world

Radical science fiction and fantasy are remedies for the belief that there is no alternative to the violence and inequality that surrounds us.

From Weather Underground activist to life in prison

Even in a just war we need to feel the pain and tragedy of losses on the other side. And in the Brink's robbery our own mistakes and failings led to unnecessary casualties. An extract from Love and Struggle: my life in SDS, the Weather Underground and Beyond.

How I will prepare my white son for the interactions he won't have with police

Seamus’ whiteness means that I don’t have to teach him how to prepare for humiliation. That is white privilege in a nutshell.

How Florida farm-workers won fairer pay from America's biggest food companies

"This is not a film about oppression. It's actually about transformation." 

An anarchist guide to Christmas

On the night before Christmas, we’ll all be about. While the people are sleeping, we’ll realise our clout. We’ll expropriate goods from the stores, ‘cos that’s fair. And distribute them widely, to those who need care.

Why I want to burn everything down right now—and why I’m not going to

What I learned from James Baldwin’s writing about race, in a moment of great anger.

The political emotions of Martha Nussbaum

Why does love matter for democracy? A conversation with one of the world’s leading philosophers. 

The transformation of a warrior behind bars

I’m sick of seeing people die, I’m tired of losing loved ones. I don’t want to die on the streets, I don’t want to get shot over some nonsense and I don’t want to shoot anyone.

Can Facebook damage your mental health?

Studies are starting to reveal how social media are changing our lives—for better and for worse.

Remembering Leslie Feinberg: a queer and trans fighter for justice

Author and activist Leslie Feinberg died this week, just before Transgender Day of Remembrance. As the opposite of a single-issue activist, ze showed what it was to resist, and to stand in solidarity with others.

The ordinary, extraordinary life of David Hartsough

Nonviolent action is a seamless part of the rhythm of life. A review of Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist.

Seven practical ideas for compassionate communities

It's not hard to bring more equality into each other’s lives. Here are seven concrete ideas and experiments.

The extinction of quiet

As the world’s silent places disappear, are we forgetting how to listen?

Facing up to the capitalist within

It’s easy to blame the economic system for causing social and environmental problems, but what is that system built on? Isn’t it us?

Lea's story: my days as a mad girl

In immaculate clinics people are segregated, held down, drugged, often with no other purpose than to control them and get them out of the way. Content warning: eating disorders, self harm, medical abuse.

An unexpected cloud of witnesses: Sister Rice replies

Collective recognition is more important than the raising up of icons: there is no mastermind in the transformation of society.

What I learned about living from dying of cancer

What makes for a good death in a just and sustainable world? A lifelong activist reflects.

The French art world is on strike - why aren't we?

The fight to defend the artists' wage is raging across France, yet today in the UK we believe the arts should be a market-driven competition. A living wage for performers feels a long way off.

Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: two journeys to wholeness

Two lives show that a truly integrated existence—a life-long process of personal and political transformation—lies within the reach of everyone.

The greatest coping strategy is helping others: a conversation with Liberian activist B. Abel Learwellie

You can’t ambush a virus with a bullet. A former child soldier speaks out on Ebola in Liberia.

Love, faith and economic justice

Transformation doesn’t fit into neat and tidy boxes. Intangible emotions are just as important to social change as power relations and material equality.

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