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GRAIN wins Right Livelihood Award

The Right Livelihood Award, commonly described as the “alternative Nobel Prize,” has granted one of its 2011 awards to the international research group, GRAIN. GRAIN has been in the forefront of international efforts to protect traditional agricultures and access to seeds, and describes itself as “a small international non-profit [...]

By |September 30th, 2011|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

“Occupy Wall Street” & the Radical Imagination

A thoughtful commentary by anthropologist and social movements scholar David Graeber in The Guardian of September 25th. One good source of daily updates is the Reader Supported News website at

An excerpt:

The form of resistance that has emerged looks remarkably similar to the
old global justice movement: we see [...]

By |September 27th, 2011|Social Ecology Blog|1 Comment|

Neoliberalism, Austerity & Participatory Democracy

Norwegian social ecologist Sveinung Legard has drawn our attention to his recent article on the New Compass website. In this piece, he aims to address some of the arguments raised in this blog last spring by writers who questioned whether it is still meaningful to raise demands for direct [...]

By |September 19th, 2011|Social Ecology Blog|2 Comments|

Ben Grosscup: Questioning “economic development”

It is time to question the ideology of job creation that holds sway in most discussions of so-called economic development... The real mark of economic health is not merely that firms in a given municipality are hiring. Economic health is when the basic economic functions of society make ours a healthier place to live – a place with less war, less disease, more ecological health and justice.
By |September 12th, 2011|Social Ecology Blog|1 Comment|

Dan Chodorkoff’s September book tour

Here are the dates for Dan Chodorkoff’s upcoming readings from his new novel, Loisaida:

Friday, Sept. 9th, 7 PM
Two Rivers Bookstore
153 Conklin Ave.
Binghamton, NY

Tuesday, Sept 20th, 7 PM
Bluestockings Books
172 Allen St.
New York, NY

Thursday,Sept. 22nd, 7 PM
Wooden Shoe Books
704 South St.
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, [...]

By |September 5th, 2011|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

New webzine highlights global rebellions

The New Significance, edited by former ZNet co-editor Chris Spannos, is described as “A web magazine exploring revolutionary forces for change & autonomy in the 21st Century…” They offer both daily and weekly email newsletters highlighting important current developments. This week’s headlines include:

   Thousands In Chile Take To Streets, [...]

Mass protests and assemblies in Israel

ISE alum Rob Augman reports:

On Saturday, August 6th, roughly 350,000 people (5% of the population) took part in mass protests calling for social justice, the largest protest in the country’s history. Like the recent Arab Spring protests and the European protests against austerity measures, what’s being called the “Israeli [...]

New French video on social ecology

Vincent Gerber reports: "Floreal Romero, who lives in Spain, sent me this link to his lecture in France in June. Some of you have met him in Lisbon [at the international libertarian municipalism conference] in 1998... It's interesting because in my opinion it is the first video in French about social ecology... !"

Brian Tokar reviews “Loisaida”

“Coming of Age in a Different Time,” by Brian Tokar


Loisaida [is] a compelling coming-of-age story that describes one young woman’s journey of self-discovery and political awakening. Purple-haired Catherine … escaped a liberal but far too safe enclave in Scarsdale to live with her lover in a Lower East Side [...]

Popular Assemblies in Revolts and Revolutions

A new article by Norwegian social ecologist Sveinung Legard offers a thoughtful historical assessment of the re-emergence of popular assemblies in Europe this spring and summer:

“These assemblies derive not only from the initiative of their protagonists but also from the history of the major revolutions in Europe from the [...]