Articles about Big Ideas
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This Economic Collapse Is a 'Crisis of Bigness'
Leopold Kohr warned 50 years ago that the gigantist global system would grow until it imploded. We should have listened
The Case for a "Jazz Revolution" Against Corporate Capitalism
Bottom up? Top down? Improvisation is the key to a middle way.
5 Guiding Principles for Social Justice
From the 23rd to the 26th of February of 1998, grassroots movements of all continents met in Geneva to launch a worldwide coordination network of resistance to the global...
If Everyone Lived in an 'Ecovillage', the Earth Would Still Be in Trouble
We are used to hearing that if everyone lived in the same way as North Americans or Australians, we would need four or five planet Earths to sustain us. This sort of analysis...
UK's First 'Share Shop' Opens for business
A new kind of shop is aiming to transform the future of retail by lending rather than selling items and fostering more meaningful connections with the things we use
Hacking Planned Obsolescence Through the Art of Repairing Not Replacing
At the Repair and Service Center in Vienna, the long-term unemployed retrain to be "mechatronic engineers" and repair electronic devices. Founder Sepp Eisenriegler tirelessly...
A Charter for Democracy
Whatever happened to the 15-M Movement? Where did Occupy go? Three years after the groundbreaking revolutionary ruptures of 2011, violent repression and media invisibility have...
Basic Income: The World's Simplest Plan to End Poverty, Explained
Happy Basic Income Day? May 1st may be better known as International Workers' Day, but some activists are trying to rebrand it. "Labor Day should not be about demanding ‘more...
The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use To Change The World
A more beautiful, just and sustainable world is possible. Take this library and use it to inspire global change!
Dynasty
I was born in 1980. I’ve lived my entire life under the Bush-Clinton dynasties. From 1981 to 2013, a total of thirty-two uninterrupted years, the Bush-Clinton families either...
The Little Engine That Couldn't: How We're Preparing Ourselves and Our Children for Extinction
In a recent semi-documentary film called Garbage, a toxic waste disposal engineer was asked how we can stop engulfing the world in our poisons. His answer was, "We'd have to...
Our Religions: Are they the Religions of Humanity Itself?
Contrary to popular opinion, Charles Darwin did not originate the idea of evolution. By the middle of the 19th century, the mere fact of evolution had been around for a long...
Freed speech - A left libertarian contribution
Freed speech   The subject of free speech has been violently raised.   The narrative we have heard says that it is under attack. First it was the politically correct left...
FairCoop: Virus of Cooperation Infects a New economy
The ‘Robin Hood of the Banks’ strikes again. This time the aim is to create a worldwide cooperative to develop and expand a new economy of the commons. Some revolutionary...
"Forgiveness Is Liberating": Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation's Racist Past
Editors Note: Last week, YES! magazine published an article by Fania Davis, director of a restorative justice center and sister of civil rights activist Angela Davis, called...
Everything Is Connected
The interactions between wildlife and the physical planet are more complex and fascinating than we could ever have imagined. I can hear you muttering already: he’s completely...
Whatever is Privilege?
Whatever is Privilege? - Why the caption on the picture is bollocks, from someone who is a white male who once said those words. Working out what is wrong in the world I grew...
The Oldest Living Things in the World: A Decade-Long Photographic Masterpiece at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Philosophy
What a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree reveals about the meaning of human life.
They Sang with a Thousand Tongues: The Poetry of Diversity
Let me tell you a story about how the world began. I promise you the story is not completely false.
Notes From The Anthropocene
On September 21, 2014, nearly 400,000 people took part in the People’s Climate March and Mobilization, winding their way from Central Park through Midtown Manhattan and ending...
Who Owns the Benefit? The Free Market as Full Communism
There’s a wonderful phrase for how capitalism works in the real world (I’m not sure who first came up with it, but I associate it with Noam Chomsky): “The socialization of risk...
Happidrome: The Kurdish Fight For Anarchy
In the battle for Kobane on the Syrian border everyone talks about the enemy - IS - and the frightening ideas that drive them. No-one talks about the Kurdish defenders and...
Basic Income FAQ
What's basic income? "A basic income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement" (Basic Income Earth Network...
Common Mythconceptions: World's Most Contagious Falsehoods
A fun infographic on common myths and misconceptions from the book Knowledge is Beautiful. Click the infographic for a scalable full-size image.
Life in a 'Degrowth' Economy, and Why You Might Actually Enjoy it
What does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a...
There’s Power in How We Think about Things
When you walk or drive down a city street, what you are seeing all around you are manifestations of thoughts. Every building began as an idea in somebody’s mind. Somebody...
No Masters: Hierarchy and Anarchy
This is an extract from CrimethInc's seminal book Days of War, Nights of Love.  If you liked school, you'll love work. The cruel, absurd abuses of power, the self-satisfied...
Intersectionality: What It Is and Why It's Important
Wikipedia describes intersectionality as "the study of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination or discrimination". We prefer this explanation from the...
Commercialisation: The Antithesis of Sharing
The danger is not commercialisation per se but our constant identification with its inner and outer manifestation, in which humanity’s intelligence is led in the opposite...
Uniting the People of the world
The time has come when we must demonstrate in our millions not against this or that, but rather for who we are * * * At this time of economic turmoil it can be difficult to...
The People Who Wouldn't Mind If the Pacific Northwest Were Its Own Country
The first thing we heard when we pulled into the Finney Farm was the clattering of drums, followed by a high-pitched howling noise. Suddenly a wild pack of young girls came...
How Unarmed Peace Efforts Can Save Lives and Diffuse Conflict Even in War Zones
"I think if we had a gun we would have been shot immediately.” This is as good a place to start as any, at the logical limits of violent self-defense. The speaker is Andres...
Against Conspiracy Theories - Why Our Activism Must Be Based in Reality
A talk given at Occupy Wellington, New Zealand, to counter the prevalence of conspiracy theories amongst the local wing of the Occupy movement. Kia ora kotou, thanks everyone...
A German Guy Wants to Give You a Bunch of Money for Nothing
What would happen if we didn't have to worry about making a living anymore? Would people just sit on their asses all day or actually do something meaningful with their lives?...
What's So Special about Storytelling for Social Change?
A new world requires new stories, but people will only listen to them when they themselves are included in the storyline. This requires a ‘gear-shift’ in conversations about...
Every Problem in the World Is a Result of the Stories We Tell Ourselves. Change the Story, and You Change Everything.
Forget about solving climate change for a moment. Forget about all the problems we face. All of these problems are symptoms of a way of life that few of us are really happy...
Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises
How we think about and talk about ecological crises and our role in them form the structures of our responses.  This is why thought forms, concepts, frames as George Lakoff...
Films For Action: We Share Breaking Knowledge
A lot of media organizations focus on breaking news. We're focused on breaking knowledge.   What is breaking knowledge you ask? It may be cutting edge or i
The Greening of the Self: The Most Important Development of Modern Times
Something important is happening in our world that you are not going to read about in the newspapers. I consider it the most fascinating and hopeful development of our time...
The Tao Te Ching: Wisdom for Activists, Aspiring Leaders and Change-Makers of Every Kind
Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living, and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching...
5 Reasons It's Time for the 4-Day Work Week
Psst: Working less is the key to success.  Want to make employees happier and more productive? Give them a four-day work week. The concept was introduced in the 1950s by...
What Happens When Silicon Valley Experiments With Direct Democracy
Like a few other cities, the city is letting some citizens vote directly on how the city spends its money. But, of course, it's adding an online twist.   The heart of Silicon...
Global Economic Sharing: The Most Important Debate of Our Time?
Almost everywhere we look, there is an emerging debate on the importance of sharing in relation to the grave challenges of our time. This conversation is most apparent in the...
The Key to Global Prosperity: Worker Ownership
Shared ownership helps to diversify rather than concentrate wealth and roots the value it generates in communities. Inequality has become an embarrassing social reality for...
The Open Source Revolution Is Coming And It Will Conquer The 1% - Ex CIA Spy
Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it's a mission that frightens...
Tesla To Open Source ALL Of Its Patents, Won't Sue Anyone For Using Its Technology
At a time when most high-tech companies are hoarding patents and suing each other, creating a complex web of cold war-style mutually-assured destruction, Tesla is going against...
The French Are Right: Tear Up Public Debt - Most Of It Is Illegitimate Anyway
As history has shown, France is capable of the best and the worst, and often in short periods of time. On the day following Marine Le Pen's Front National victory in the...
Comic: How Big Media Drowned Out the Rest of Us
Today, six corporations own most of our media—but we could be poised to take it back.  
The Pursuit of Happiness: A New Development Paradigm
During the 15 years, I lived and worked in Asia as a development professional from 1978 to 1992, I witness a troubling paradox. GDP was growing, incomes were rising, there was...
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into A Comic Strip
This is easily the best comic strip ever made.