Beyond electoral scapegoating: now is the time to love, learn and listen

JOEL LAZARUS

Have faith in each other. It will be richly rewarded. True democracy cannot be built on anything else.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

In defence of wellbeing

JULIET MICHAELSON
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Serious consideration of happiness is critical to the prospects of radical change in society: a response to William Davies.

The corruption of happiness

WILLIAM DAVIES
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Anger and injustice need hearing, not treating. Unhappiness can be healthy.

Beyond electoral scapegoating: now is the time to love, learn and listen

JOEL LAZARUS

Have faith in each other. It will be richly rewarded. True democracy cannot be built on anything else.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

In defence of wellbeing

JULIET MICHAELSON
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Serious consideration of happiness is critical to the prospects of radical change in society: a response to William Davies.

The corruption of happiness

WILLIAM DAVIES
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Anger and injustice need hearing, not treating. Unhappiness can be healthy.



The transformative visions of William Blake

The ‘poetic genius’ inside of everyone creates a springboard for self-inquiry and social struggle. 

Birthwrong: meet the pranksters celebrating the Jewish diaspora

Discovering a Jewish history that's about more than oppression and genocide. 

Markets of the mind

Debt and guilt have much in common. It’s time we found better ways of organising both ourselves and the economy.

In defence of wellbeing

Serious consideration of happiness is critical to the prospects of radical change in society: a response to William Davies.

Beyond electoral scapegoating: now is the time to love, learn and listen

Have faith in each other. It will be richly rewarded. True democracy cannot be built on anything else.

Rebuilding the divided city of Caracas

Meet the artists who are tactically intervening to bring together poor communities in Caracas.

The corruption of happiness

Anger and injustice need hearing, not treating. Unhappiness can be healthy.

What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?

Drama and algebra can be models for strengthening young people’s resistance to injustice.

Is social enterprise becoming a reactionary force?

Are 'benefit corporations' the harbinger of progressive change in the economy, or the soft edge of efforts to conserve the legitimacy of capitalism with a few marginal adjustments?

Meet the new group that wants to disarm and displace the NYPD

'Disarm NYPD' is a new collective seeking to immediately stop the New York Police Department from killing anyone ever again. 

Heretics and liberals: what Ayaan Hirsi Ali gets wrong

Pious protestations about Islam do nothing to further our understanding of the complex relationships between religion and violence. 

The flute at the checkpoint: music and confinement in Palestine

Ramzi Aburedwan fulfilled his dream of opening children's music schools up across Palestine - but he still doesn't have the right to freedom of movement in his own homeland.

If you care about politics, don't vote

“Vote!” urge the party politics fans, waving their General Election sign-up sheets. But voting is the least effective way to create change.

Should compassion be an election issue?

Compassion isn’t the property of Labour or the Conservatives, but when both parties embrace it does it mean anything at all?

The oceans are not worth $24 trillion

Some things are beyond measure and beyond price. No amount of money is enough to compensate for the loss of the sacred.

The problem with wanting 'peace' in Baltimore

You can watch police get away with murder after murder and not take a stand, and you would be 'not violent'. 

Does phenomenology herald a new era for religion?

Placing the emphasis on human experience opens the door to a more life-affirming role for religion.

Listen to Syria’s non-violent activists: stop the bombs

Eighty-five groups representing 17,000 Syrians have backed the new campaign Planet Syria, demanding international pressure for an end to the bombs and real peace talks.

Re-imagining the future of work

An extract from Resist! Against a precarious future, a new book on young people and politics.

The pacifist dilemma: women peacemakers’ responses to Islamic State

Can non-violent strategies defeat the new fascism of Islamic State and its allies? Women peace makers’ hopes and doubts recall the rift in the peace movement when Nazism threatened Europe.

Living with smartness

Will new technologies turn people into passive human beings?

To stop the age of extinction, nature needs a new pronoun

Calling the natural world ‘it’ absolves us of moral responsibility and opens the door to exploitation. 

Is passionate work a neoliberal delusion?

The rise of the creative economy encourages self-interest over collective action in the arts, but all is not lost.

These American cities are fighting for control over electricity and the internet

State politicians are governed by check-writers in the energy and telecommunications businesses, but cities are pushing back.

The conflict at the heart of modern money

Making money into a positive force for social change requires detaching it from its role in storing value.

Meet the musicians challenging India's rising inequality and untouchability

"Our role is to counter injustice with justice and healing, war with peace, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love."

The miserable cynic's guide to mindfulness

If unhappiness is the human condition, what's the point of mindfulness? 

Can money be a force for good?

There is more money in the world than at any other point in human history, so why doesn’t it reach the places that need it most?

Strivers and skivers? We’re all in this together

Could society be rebuilt around understanding and compassion instead of shame? The effects would be revolutionary. 

Free University: the new wave of student occupations

London students have been occupying their universities since March. They explain why.

What happens to democracy in a cashless society?

New technology is transforming the way we pay for everything, but at what cost?

How group therapy taught me to survive oppression

There is no guide to how to discuss your most painful experiences with strangers. Group therapy becomes a microcosm of the world.

Rethinking basic income in a sharing society

A basic income derived from the value of collectively owned resources could empower citizens to transform their societies.  

Who’s in charge of transforming Detroit?

The real promise of urban transformation comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out—building a new city from the bottom up.

The art of peace-building

There is still little documentation of how art creates social and personal change. We must develop this language.

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