Dialog between an organizer and an elder

The following exchange is between 33-year-old organizer Yotam Marom and 82-year-old George Lakey, whose activism, organizing and training spans over 50 years. As journalist/activist Bill McKibben says, even Congress cannot suspend the laws of physics. Growing failure on the environmental front produces what political scientists consider a recipe for rapid change and even revolution: the demonstrated inability of a government …

Popular Assemblies Old and New: Part of Popular Movements in Chile

 Bree Busk, Roarmag.org December 14, 2019 | RESIST! Chile has a long history of radical neighborhood organizing — a tradition that is now put at the service of drafting a new constitution for a country in turmoil. More than fifty days have passed since the Chilean uprising burst into existence. For those living it on the ground, it feels like much longer. The …

6 takeaways for a new decade of people power

By Shaazka Beyerle, Nonviolent-conflict.orgDecember 12, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! What comes next? How can people power be harnessed for the long haul? How can we move from the year of protest to a new decade of transformation? What can we learn from research, the practice of strategic nonviolent action, and social movements and organized civic initiatives targeting corruption on the ground? To start the conversation, …

Solidarity: secret to success for nonviolent movements for change: solidarity. Instead of “going it alone”

By Rivera Sun, Wagingnonviolence.org December 7, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! Instead of “going it alone,” movements can amplify their message, leverage collective power, and build strength by seeking solidarity from aligned organizations and groups. There’s a secret to success for nonviolent movements for change: solidarity. Instead of “going it alone,” movements can amplify their message, leverage collective power, and build strength by seeking solidarity from …

Excerpts from Endgame

Derrick Jensen is a force for the common good. His books are mandatory reading in the study of culture and social change. Derrick Jensen is a contemporary philosopher with his feet firmly on the ground.”—Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Open Space of Democracy Hailed as the philosopher poet of the ecological movement, best-selling author Derrick Jensen returns with a passionate …

David Solnit’s insights

Wednesday, December 04, 2019byCommon Dreams A Few Things From the WTO Shutdown I Carry Into the Future There is an incredible opportunity to use street theater—art, dance, music, giant puppets, graffiti art and theater—and nonviolent direct action to simplify and dramatize the issues of corporate globalization and to develop and spread new and creative forms of resistance.by David Solnit We …

Only Bridging Can Heal a World of Breaking

Meaningful bridging—like real integration—must acknowledge, respect, and appreciate difference as a starting point. John a. powell posted Nov 12, 2019 At a time of heightened polarization and intense inequality in the United States and around the world, social differences run the risk of being turned into fault lines, and exploited for divide-and-conquer politics. As political scientists Rose McDermott and Peter K. …

Reaching everyday people, based on values, religion and health

Excerpt from Deutsche Welle, Nov 2019 DW’s Director General Peter Limbourg (main picture) told the Karachi Eco Islam conference that it was high time to bring religion into the climate-change discussion. “Religious leaders have a great reach to the common people. Sometimes even the government and media can’t influence them that way. It is also important to remind people that …

The right to have children humanely: to “have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities”

The first step is renouncing the individualism celebrated by capitalism and recognizing the interdependence that is essential for long-term survival. We depend on our water supply to be clean, and our rivers depend on us not to poison them. We ask our neighbors to watch our dogs or water our plants while we’re away, and offer our help in kind. …

Where Does Creativity Come From? Everything has within itself the power of creativity, the power of giving birth, the power of surprising us, the emergence of beauty

By Matthew Fox, October 9 2019  Today’s science is finding that the whole universe is permeated with the power of creativity.  Physicist Brian Swimme puts it this way: “If you let hydrogen gas alone for 13 billion years it will become giraffes, rose bushes and humans.”   This is another way of saying that everything has within itself the power of creativity, the …