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Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:22:27 +0000


Reason, Creativity and Freedom: The Communalist Model

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:03:36 +0000


As a solution to the present situation, a growing number of people in the world are proposing “communalism”: the usurpation of capitalism, the state, and social hierarchy by the way of town, village, and neighborhood assemblies and federations. Communalism is a living idea, one that builds upon a rich legacy of political history and social movements.

Sanctuary Restaurants Provide Support to Individuals Facing Hostility

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:16:59 +0000


Numerous restaurants across the country have joined a Sanctuary Restaurants Movement to offer safe and tolerant spaces to restaurant workers, employers, and consumers that face hate and harassment in the restaurant industry.

The Sacred, the Profane, and the Fatal Flaw in Politics

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:40:10 +0000


Nor is there any need for politics to be something inflicted on us, at great cost to our souls, by tyrannical, abstract systems. Instead it should and could be something we recapture from its lofty conceptual realms, disarm, bring down to earth, and revive — in the process remaking ourselves and our world.

“Our Freedom is Based on Something Finite’

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:47:53 +0000


Hilary Jennings of Transition Town Tooting and Transition Network recently saw Ella Hickson’s explosive play Oil and was fascinated by it. It follows the lives of one woman and her daughter in an epic, hurtling collision of empire, history and family, and drills deep into the world’s relationship with this finite resource.

A Hotbed of Social Invention

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:19:28 +0000


Ashland has an abundance of “social inventors” — people who see a need in the community and are able to rally others to take part in it, all to make life better, more fun and more hopeful. In a new book called “Better Ways to Live,” Ashlander Craig K. Comstock profiles a raft of social inventions, many which influence the Ashland community…

Entrepreneurship – the Narrative of Destructive Creation

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:40:07 +0000


In the religion of economics, the entrepreneur is a hero engaged in a narrative of destructive creation. Entrepreneurs are tragically noble figures on a treadmill of competition – but who is really making the sacrifices?

Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism: State of Play on 20th February 2017, one month into the Trump presidency

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:00:53 +0000


Suddenly believers in the possibility of a better civilization, one rooted in increasing human co-operation and harmony, find ourselves in a world where demagogues can now realistically plot the polar opposite: a new despotism rooted in rising isolationist nationalism and human conflict. The more we dig into how the demagogues and their supporters have organised their recent successes, in particular in using technology to manipulate voter beliefs on an industrial scale, the more terrified many of us find ourselves.

What Permaculture Can Teach Us About Commons

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:08:30 +0000


As a developed set of social practices, techniques and ethical norms, permaculture has a lot to say to the world of the commons. This is immediately clear from reading the twelve design principles of permaculture that David Holmgren enumerated in his 2002 book Permaculture: Principles and Practices Beyond Sustainability.

Working with Straw

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:07:18 +0000


These days, human-scale straw bales have been largely replaced by mammoth cylinders that require mammoth farm equipment; another way we have used the cheap energy of recent decades to burn our bridges. If you can find some of the old rectangular, metre-long bales, however, they can be put to many uses.

How to Create an Accessible Bike Share

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:06:42 +0000


Cities of all sizes now have bike share systems. But many of these systems often only have one or two types of bikes, and these may not be suitable for people with certain physical disabilities. We connected with Jon Terbush from bike share provider Zagster to find out how cities can create accessible bike shares.

The Next System Project, Reconsidered

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:55:45 +0000


But while I certainly agree that it’s (long past) time to talk about what comes next, and that there’s a very widespread need for something entirely different, it doesn’t really follow – and I’m far from sure – that what we most need is a “next system”. Why so?