Can money be a force for good?

FRAN BOAIT

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?

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Strivers and skivers? We’re all in this together

ELENA BLACKMORE
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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

Free University: the new wave of student occupations

EVA-GRACE BOR and BEN WILSON and AIDAN HARPER
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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

Can money be a force for good?

FRAN BOAIT

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?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Strivers and skivers? We’re all in this together

ELENA BLACKMORE
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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

Free University: the new wave of student occupations

EVA-GRACE BOR and BEN WILSON and AIDAN HARPER
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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



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.

In Lebanon, young people are challenging mental health stereotypes

Tradition, corruption and political negligence continue to stigmatise mental illness, but the new generation is transforming old taboos.

Is secularism bad for women?

Gender equality should not be pitted against religious freedom, so what kind of political arrangements could guarantee religious women’s rights and full social inclusion? 

Zen and the art of social movement maintenance

“In a racially unjust world,” revolutionary activist Angela Davis asked mindfulness popularizer Jon Kabat-Zinn, “what good is mindfulness?”

Can the prison system be transformed? Shaka Senghor and #Cut50

A new campaign to be launched on March 26 aims to cut the U.S. prison population in half by 2025.

Can religious groups help to prevent violent conflict?

When peace and violence are examined through a faith-based lens, a different set of factors come to the foreground.

Is Bill Cosby's legacy more important than the truth?

When America’s dream, black dad is accused of sadistic, multiple rape, it’s an American dilemma. What’s more, it is a black dilemma.

A new collective injects performance art into Black Lives Matter in New York

While activists continue to engage in orthodox forms of protest, guerilla theatre groups are using new ways to get their message across.

These 6 incredible art projects are transforming lives in the UK

Unity is about recognising our differences, it's about using our resources to support each other's struggles. It is about becoming accomplices in each other’s fights for survival.

Deep in the Amazon, one tribe is beating big oil

The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally and philosophically. 

Broke: all about life in debt

The slippery slope into debt doesn’t happen by chance. It is premeditated by a billion pound industry that works hard to target young people, like my 18 year old self.

Building people power before the Paris climate summit

As we approach yet another climate summit this November, the question is: how can we reverse the continuing climate catastrophe over the next quarter-century?

How the Home Office keeps getting it wrong on LGBTQ asylum seekers

The Home Office says that asylum seeker Aderonke Apata can't be a lesbian as she has had children with a man. The new Solidarity with Aderonke Tumblr project tells a different story.

How music can shift the conversation on climate change

Artists from Egypt to Rwanda are working together to protect the Nile River Basin.

Religion from the inside out

True religion is living a life of compassion in the midst of the material world.

Women lead the struggle against mining and machismo in Guatemala

For over two years, the small community of San José del Golfo have maintained a 24-hour barricade against the mine that threatens to destroy their land and water.

Is liberal Islam the answer?

If Islam needs to be seen through the eyes of the West in order to make sense of itself, how can it find the space for transformation on its own terms? 

Hard times: the human face of neo-liberalism

Successive governments have promoted policies which entrench a punitive and controlling way of managing public institutions.

Forget venture capitalists: how a scrappy composting co-op found another way to get support

How can a just and sustainable society be financed in a capitalist economy? 

Great work gets done by good people

The founders of the Antigonish movement told people to "set the heather on fire" and create a new cooperative economy. What lay behind their success?

Rape culture: would prison abolition help women?

What would transformative justice for survivors look like? Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.

The best kept secret of the Catholic Church—its social teachings

On paper, Catholicism is one of the most progressive faiths in the world: shame about the practice.

To create positive change, trust your instincts

At a time when fear and terror seems pervasive, individual and group instincts can triumph.

Put away the scriptures and follow justice

In contexts where faith plays a major role in public and private life, critical engagement with religion is the only option.

Violence as a theological problem

Deeply ingrained in the religious consciousness of the United States is the belief that retribution is God’s will.

14 reasons for celebrating 200 years of Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Here are fourteen reasons for the celebration of this work of genius, beginning with seven celebrating what Pride and Prejudice might be said to have gained from its own historical moment, before moving to the 'feel good factor' of our times. A Valentine's card, originally published on February 14, 2014.

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