Environmental issues are anything determining environmental outcomes. What is the next system, new political economy devoted to sustaining human and natural communities?

April 2nd, 2018, NextSystem.org, Ted Howard’s remarks to the Environmental Funders Network in Cambridge, England, on February 2nd, 2018. Good afternoon. I want to begin by thanking the conference organizers for extending an invitation to address you during your important annual deliberations. I come before you today not as an expert on environmental matters, but as someone who has devoted his …

Introducing students to labor history and worker’s rights

The Nation, March 2018 The young woman in the black sweatshirt was indignant. Across the negotiating table, a stern, occasionally sharp-tongued adversary was refusing to budge—first on wages and then on the organization’s social-media policy. “We’re a hospital,” the woman said with marked intensity. “Don’t you agree that our first responsibility is to our patients?” Nearby, a cluster of people were …

Ecological Economics and Socio-ecological Movements: Science, policy and challenges to global processes in a troubled world

Sept 10-12, Puebla, Mexico – Ecological Economics and Socio-ecological Movements: Science, policy and challenges to global processes in a troubled world – http://15th-isee2018.uam.mx/program.html For more than a quarter century since the ISEE was founded the international community has developed a substantial corpus of law and agreements that recognize our collective responsibility to attend to our serious global environmental problems while recognizing …

I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence

The Disruption of White Supremacy: Why Colonialism is Failing Right on Time By Mark Trahant, YES! Magazine, Feb 2018 Melba Appawara from the Northern Ute Tribe, born in 1932, is grandma to many beautiful bear dancers. PHOTO BY MATIKA WILBUR FOR PROJECT 562 IMAGINE THE END OF THE UNITED STATES. It could happen like this: California secedes over a Trump-era order that is …

California move to free college by restoring a state inheritance tax on Californians with wealth over $3.5 million and couples with over $7 million

Published on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by OtherWords, A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All: America’s left coast is showing how to break up concentrated wealth and fund higher education for all. By Chuck Collins, Common Dreams The University of California-Berkeley (Photo: Mike Procario / Flickr) California can be an annoyingly trendy state. Think avocado toast, In-N-Out Burger, Hollywood fashion, even legal …

Social Justice degrees on the rise

Feb 2018 Yes! Magazine excerpt Turnbull: Why did you think it was important for Pacific Oaks to offer social justice degrees and why now? Grant: Today more than ever, we see individuals with passion to be authentic agents of change. But many of them lack the credentials to be invited to the table to create that change. We wanted to fill that …

Oil industry in public classrooms at least since 1954

Oil’s pipeline to America’s schools: Inside the fossil-fuel industry’s not-so-subtle push into K-12 education By Jie Jenny Zou, June 15, 2017 Also see: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4335600-1954-API-PR-Classrooms.html State Rep. Tom Gann and State Sen. Marty Quinn read aloud to first graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Energy Resources Board Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma, were in for …

Thinking about the curriculum we need to deal with the transitions ahead

The Democracy Collaborative, which supported teach-ins in 40 cities around the US in spring 2016, Les Leopold and his inequality training, and some others of us have been talking about the need for a curriculum supplement for our schools, or a short way that people who are interested can get up to speed, in a comprehensive way.  If you are …

Learning for all: millions attending school do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. Education standards and methods need to improve

By Catherine Benson Wahlén, Human Development, Human Settlements and Sustainable Development (US), 28 Sep 2017, World Bank Report Warns of “Learning Crisis” The World Bank’s World Development Report 2018 finds that millions of children, particularly in low and middle-income countries, attend school but do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. At the same time, the report stresses that, …