Illinois NextGrid Roadmap to a Clean Future, Lessons for Other Stakeholder Planning and Blue Ribbon Panel Efforts

Breaking Down Illinois’ NextGrid Roadmap to a Grid Edge Future, GreenTechMedia, Jeff St. John, January 17, 2019 Last week was the close of public comments on the final draft of the NextGrid Illinois Utility of the Future Study, a report that — while not an official roadmap for modernizing Illinois’ power grid and energy regulatory framework — represents the state’s biggest effort on that …

Why does the media not report news?

Ever since the media began, in a big way in the 1980s, to ignore actual news and go for highly dumbed-down or even salacious stories, many of us who work in the media have been astonished by this behavior by the network and cable news organizations and the major newspapers. They used to report the details of policy proposals in …

Symbiosis – a network of community organizations across North America,  building a democratic and ecological society from the ground up

Symbiosis is a network of community organizations across North America,  building a democratic and ecological society from the ground up. We are fighting for a better world by creating institutions of participatory democracy and the solidarity economy through community organizing, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city. Our political strategy is to build dual power through these institutions of grassroots democracy. …

Trump on lying: “Billy, look, look — you just tell them, and they believe it. That’s it. You just tell them, and they believe it.”

November 1st, 2018 by Zachary Shahan, Clean Technica Let’s start off with a few things everyone can agree on (I think). Donald Trump frequently attacks investigators — at the FBI, in Robert Mueller’s special Department of Justice investigation team, and in the media. He has also routinely disagreed with confirmed climate science and has repeatedly claimed it’s a Chinese climate hoax (which, …

A conservative newspaper in a conservative city in a conservative state says we should shift to 100% renewables to avoid costs

September 17th, 2018 by Steve Hanley  in Clean Technica, “The Public Wants Renewable Energy & They Want It Now!” For most of us, public relations work is a mind-numbing pursuit that involves making up platitudes about people, but it has really become a top level scientific pursuit designed to frame political and corporate policies in ways that will be acceptable to voters. …

Name the undeniable shift in the world that creates both (a) big stakes and (b) urgency (c) magic opportunity (d) promised land (e) a path to get there

Start with the problem/trend, give the history of it. People may be unaware of the problem or uncomfortable admitting they are affected. But when you highlight a shift in the world, you get prospects to open up about how that shift affects them, how it scares them, and where they see opportunities. Most importantly, you grab their attention. As Hollywood …

90% of Americans Think Democrats and Republicans Should Work Together on Climate Change

Do Americans prefer to accept a partisan divide on climate, or would they rather see Republicans and Democrats work together to address it? In our September American Climate Perspectives Survey, ecoAmerica found that 90% of Americans are looking for policy makers to find a way to work together to address climate change. Even though Democrats hold the strongest climate values, …

Communicating about Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change: Science talking points

Shared by Interfaith Power and Light One of the clearest and most devastating impacts of climate change has been the dramatic amplification of damage done by hurricanes/tropical cyclones. Sea level rise to date has elevated storm surge, increasing the reach of coastal flooding driven by hurricanes, especially along low-lying areas.  As a result, the damages done by Superstorm Sandy extended …

What Makes a Good Organization?

Articles by Ted Glick, 2018 This was the question I was recently asked by a young person whom I work with in a New Jersey group. My immediate thoughts: 1) having money, and 2) an internal culture of the group which values listening, mutual respect, democracy at its fullest and not just effectiveness but community building. On reflection, I explained …

I can’t create positive change without recognizing and naming my own participation in the oppressive systems that I’m trying to undo.

  1. The Revolution Is a Relationship Something that worries me about social justice communities is that we tend to conceptualize “revolution” as a product, as a place and time that we expend all of our energy and anger to create – often without regard to the toll this takes on individuals and our relationships. In this way, “The Revolution” …