National Community Activists Network
This came along in my inbox and I followed the link to Positive Money and found this initiative that is going in Switzerland. Have a look have a read. It's significant.
It was neither capitalism nor communism that made possible the progress and pathologies (total war, the unprecedented concentration of global wealth, planetary destruction) of the modern age. It was coal, followed by oil and gas. The meta-trend, the mother narrative, is carbon-fuelled expansion. Our ideologies are mere subplots. Now, with the accessible reserves exhausted, we must ransack the hidden corners of the planet to sustain our impossible proposition.…Continue
The populist electoral revolt against European Union state institutions and their policies – combined with mass abstentions – is the clear signal that the old politics is not just dying but is opening the door to rabid nationalism, racism and neo-fascist parties.
UKIP’s triumph at the European parliamentary poll is the first time in a 100 years that neither the Tories nor Labour have achieved victory at a national election. Nigel Farage’s party won 28% of the vote – while two-thirds…Continue
Added by Corinna Lotz on May 27, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments
"Evan Davis interviews economic historian Deirdre McCloskey in front of an audience at the London School of Economics, where she argues that poverty matters more than inequality..."
Radio 4 - may have to catch it on iplayer? If the link above doesn't work...
If you were unable to listen in to Cormac Russell's webinar 'The Art of
Community Building', there's a podcast available, which I highly recomend if
you are in any way involved in working with the local community.
This article refers to Canada, but the same tactics are in place in the UK and worldwide.
Privatization Is the Problem, Not the Solution by Mark Taliano
Canadians are forever being informed, explicitly or implicitly, that the solution to the crisis of the day, or decade, is a freedom-sounding word called "privatization." This, the free-marketeers tell us, will solve our problems.
The reality is…
It is my firm belief that Community Music - which focuses on active participation, rather than passive consumption - could come to serve as an extraordinarily effective vehicle for community regeneration.
I'm therefore throwing all my energy into a pioneering therapeutic community music initiative on the outskirts of South East London. It is…Continue
Added by Harry Wallington on May 12, 2014 at 21:55 — No Comments
Daniel Buckley sent in the link to this interesting article about community activism.
Mostly, the work of social change is a slow process. It involves patiently building movement institutions, cultivating leadership, organizing campaigns and leveraging power to secure small gains. If you want to see your efforts produce results, it helps to have a long-term commitment.
And yet, sometimes things move more quickly. Every once in a while…Continue