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George Marshall on communicating climate change following extreme weather events

How should Transition initiatives in communities hit by extreme weather talk about climate change with their neighbours?

Turning the herd

We might think of these as “seed” experiments — complimentary currencies, ecovillages, “cool” stoves, and non-violent methods of conflict transformation — as the fringe of society but they are actually the leading edge of our inevitable future, if we are to …

The Power of Just Doing Stuff

What would it be like if we all did something?

A New Society From the Bottom Up

So broadly speaking, even amongst radicals, most people are open to thinking about new directions, but they don’t have a fully coherently defined vision of where they’re going and how to go forward.

Alternative Tomorrow's World: People-Powered Flour Mill

If you stick your head out of the door and sniff the zeitgeist, it definitely seems there is a resurgence of creative design for social change.

It’s not the economy, it’s the stupid paradigm

Americans’ level of concern for the environment waxes and wanes, depending on how the economy is faring, as illustrated in the 2011 Gallup chart below. The chart shows responses to the question whether the economy or the environment should be given preference asked from 1985 through 2011. …

A movement to protect the earth rises in Canada

Since last November, a grassroots, indigenous-led movement has swept Canada and drew the world’s attention to new initiatives from the Canadian government that threaten the environment and indigenous communities. Of particular concern is Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s …

The role of ideology in inspiring change

Crossroads is an exciting and surprisingly uplifting new documentary about the role of ideology in finding solutions to the urgent global crises humankind faces in the 21st century. In bringing an evolutionary perspective to these urgent economic and ecological crises, the film offers a uniquely …

Reclaiming Our Imaginations from 'There Is No Alternative'

If we create and recreate the world everyday, then how has it become so supposedly absurd to believe we might actually create a world that is honestly making the possibilities of egalitarianism, justice and democracy?

Conflict and Change in the Era of Economic Decline: Part 1 - The 21st century landscape of conflict

In this essay, which will appear in five installments, I hope to explore some of the social implications of simplification and decentralization. Will wars and revolutions break out with ever-greater frequency?...Or will local food networks and Occupy groups positively transform society from the …

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