“Humanity is submerged in layers of individual, intergenerational, and collective trauma, but we generally don’t recognize it. This prevents us from addressing the roots of collective challenges we face and keeps us from taking steps toward healing that can transform the systems around us.” A quick but thorough briefing in the types and role of trauma, emphasising its primary role in systems, and asking those of us working on social change to recognise that “only by centering healing practices in the sector’s ways of working can we create the inner spaciousness and external conditions for system transformation to occur.”
Cultivating the Conditions: Philanthropy’s Role in Fortifying the Infrastructure for Narrative Power
“Social justice movements around the globe are expending enormous effort to make advances toward our goal of a more just future—but they are doing so on an unequal playing field while facing jeers from the bleachers, enduring flare-ups of old injuries, and being outmanoeuvred by opponents that are not just better-resourced and highly practiced, but also designed the game… By working together, we can manifest a world where philanthropy’s investments allow for the creation of not just one but many All-Star teams that operate in a distributed yet deeply connected way, one where the seasoned players guide and mentor the rookies and where coaches are co-designing new plays that can secure irreversible victories.”
How Do Reparations and Atonement address Planet Repair?
“This article was compiled from questions asked by Green Party Members on Green Spaces in response to the proposal to establish an All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth and Reparatory Justice to commit the UK government to atone and make reparations to the descendants of enslaved African people, in accordance with international human rights law.” See here for more on Planet Repairs.
Three posts: ‘Militarism: The closed fist of imperialism’, ‘The socio-ecological toll of militarism’, and ‘Against green militarism’, explore the relationship between war, justice and climate. “Militarism is the primary means by which economic and political sovereignty is denied to states and peoples across the world. It is incompatible with global eco-socialism and planetary liberation”.
Love Rebuilds Gaza
“This series of speculative fiction invites us to envision and craft the world we dream about. It champions the transformative power of active and radical imagination in creation, it encourages us to lay the foundations for a future that we want our children to have – a future shaped by love, strength in community, empowering narratives and the dissolution of systemic oppression through a collective realisation that it no longe has a place in our world”.
Who Is Afraid of Degrowth?
A deep dive through the medium of a graphic novel “that invites you to explore and join this crucial debate about economics, ecology, democracy, human rights, technology, and our future.” An effort to make the debate about degrowth and economics “accessible to climate activists, teachers, students, workers, parents, and anyone else who isn’t a classical economist but wants to help stop climate collapse. The comic contains quotes from a wide range of experts, woven into an engaging narrative that will guide you through this complex topic.”
First Dog On The Moon Runs AMOC
“Are you ready for the collapse of the Atlantic Meriodonal Overturning Circulation?… No you are not.” A satirical take on the evidence that the AMOC is tipping, which would raise sea levels, flip Amazonian seasons, freeze Europe and ‘make climate change go ten times faster’. The advice here includes stocking up on Babybels and ‘dismantling capitalism’s death cult obsession with fossil fuel omnicide’.
Unmasking inequity: A closer look at the social impact sector’s wilful ignorance about Palestine
“It’s time to speak out against oppression, cultural suppression, media bias, and false rhetoric wherever we encounter it. Solidarity statements and pledges to anti-racist practices mean little if they remain theoretical and are not backed by real-time action… Let’s elevate our sector’s response beyond mere calls for peace and understanding; while well-intentioned, for these calls to be effective, they must be bolstered by an anti-colonial power analysis. It’s time for intentional dialogue within our organizations, creating safe spaces for employees to discuss Palestine freely without fear of repercussion.” “Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”
100 Days of Building Power and Solidarity
“Observations and Recommendations about Immediate and Long-Term Infrastructure Needs for Palestinian, Muslim, and Arab Groups in the U.S.” Lots to learn from this report on how Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and Solidarity groups in the US are responding to the current crisis, with recommendations for both immediate and long-term community building and solidarity. Also see this visualisation that accompanies it.
Globally representative evidence on the actual and perceived support for climate action
Evidence pointing to global pluralistic ignorance, “wherein individuals around the globe systematically underestimate the willingness of their fellow citizens to act,“ suggesting that “raising awareness about the broad global support for climate action (is) critically important in promoting a unified response to climate change.” Notable stats from their survey of 130,000 individuals across 125 countries: “69% of the global population expresses a willingness to contribute 1% of their personal income, 86% endorse pro-climate social norms and 89% demand intensified political action.”
The Rise of the Far Right – And What We Can Do About It
An urgent, instructive conversation offering insight, tactics and solidarity for the elections this year and beyond. We are encouraged to understand the ‘fuck you’ vote, beware fragile consensus, and to speak in the language of basics, emotions, and deep purpose. We need to be ‘clear-eyed’ that democracy's promise of equality is impossible in the hands of the modern establishment, and that the nihilism and cynicism about democracy among the young is justified. Ultimately we must avoid navel-gazing self-flagellation and restore our own and others’ faith in humanity, asking ourselves “what’s mine to do?”
The Strategic Foresight Book
“The humanitarian sector is built on community connections, rapid response and the principles of dignity, kindness and practical action. This will be vital for the future as we face complex crises in a rapidly chaining world. Strategic foresight is a practical way to explore emerging issues and uncover new options for action. It helps us anticipate challenges, engage with uncertainty and sharpen our decision making. It is also a powerful way to connect with communities and imagine new possibilities. This book will not teach you how to predict the future, but it will prepare you for the possibilities. It will not give you definitive answers, but it will help you ask decisive questions.”