Democracy as Dignity: Every person needs a sense of agency or personal power, meaning, and connection to experience dignity. Dignatus connotes a sense of worthiness

January 21, 2021 Frances Moore Lappé in Common Dreams Dispersions of power, transparency, and mutual accountability To save the democracy we thought we had we must take democracy to where it’s never been. (Photo: Small Planet Institute) Celebrating the inauguration of a new president and an end to years of attacks on democracy is a perfect moment to probe together: …

Toward working class self-organization

This summer we saw we badly needed some ad hoc structures — mass assemblies — that could have coordinated and connected the fight in the streets and in the workplaces in a systematic way. And we needed the socialists in our unions who would’ve pushed for democratic self-organization and workers’ assemblies like this. By Jason Koslowski, Left Voice.January 5, 2021 | STRATEGIZE! https://popularresistance.org/a-critique-of-the-rank-and-file-strategy/ To reconnect the workers’ …

Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan

By Anna Rose We’ve been talking a lot about social movements at Progress. I’ve been asked to contribute a resource that I use in my campaigning work, so I’ve created a summary guide to one of the most useful foundations of movement theory out there: Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan (MAP). James Whelan and Sam La Rocca from The Change …

Atlanta: Empowering users to better their own transit system

Meet Bakari Height of MARTA Army in Midtown: I believe that if one is given the power to voice what they wish to see on transit, and is given the opportunities and materials to do it, it can get done without having to wait on the transit agency. Today we’d like to introduce you to Bakari Height. Bakari, can you …

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight. New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. By Olivia Goldhill, Science reporter, October 10, 2015, Quartz Even if you have all the facts, you may not convince others to agree with your argument. It’s frustrating, but according to Rob Yeung, …

On energy governance and energy transitions: Energy democracy as a process, an outcome and a goal

By KacperSzuleckiaIndraOverlandb Science Direct, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101768 Energy democracy can be perceived as a process (and an existing movement); an outcome (the reconfiguration of social relations as a result of changes in the energy system); or a goal communities and other stakeholders can aspire to. Energy democracy is related to the demand for increased accountability and democratization in a sector previously seen as apolitical and not requiring …

The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything

Choose a Concept Teach it to a Toddler Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material Review and Simplify (optional) Farnam Street by Shane Parrish Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash Two Types of Knowledge There are two types of knowledge and most of us focus on the wrong one. The first type of knowledge focuses on knowing the name of something. The second focuses on …

Indigenous women say this is clear: extractivism and violence go hand in hand. Mandate from Amazonian Women Grassroots Defenders of the Rainforest Against the Extractive Economic Model

Mandate from Amazonian Women Grassroots Defenders of the Rainforest Against the Extractive Economic Model We grassroots Amazonian women defenders of the rainforest against the extractive economic model resort for the second time to the President of Ecuador, to explain to you our mandate. Considering: That the Ecuadorian state is signatory to important international conventions and declarations for the rights of …

It’s time to have community conversations about what folks need, to make the transition work out for them and their families

Though we may be dealing with the same kind of corporate Democrats as we were in 2008, we are not the same. We have changed. Our movements have grown in size but they’ve also grown in vision. In the vision of defund the police, moving the resources from the infrastructure of incarceration, of policing, of militarism to the infrastructure of care. Vision work has …