Articles about Big Ideas
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5 Articles Pointing the Way Toward a Post-Capitalist World
Sometimes when you are living within a system of oppression it is difficult to even see that the system exists, let alone imagine alternative ways of living and organising...
Five Dangerous Thoughts about Capitalism
Our system of modern capitalism is just one story; it is not the only one there is. It’s not inherent within us. It isn’t some inevitable expression of predefined Human Nature...
Can Love Stories Change the World?
Sharing tales of love is good for our souls, and allows us to be vulnerable with each other, writes Matt Hopwood. In his life changing journey of emotional exploration, he...
Postcards From a Horizontal World
New social movements are different. Instead of asking for alternatives, they are bringing them to life.
90 Inspiring and Visionary Films That Will Change How You See the World in Profound Ways
The world today is in crisis. Everybody knows that. But what is driving this crisis? It's a story, a story that is destroying the world. It's a story about our relationship to...
Work Through Creative Blocks With Beginner's Mind
“I don’t know anything.” It might seem counterintuitive but I try to tell myself this every day when I wake up. It’s quickly becoming my daily mantra.  Now, this isn’t some...
Traditional Gender Norms Are Imprisoning All of Us - It's Time to Break Free!
The world needs all of us to become healers. It needs us to nurture the sacred feminine and the sacred masculine that lies dormant to various degrees within each and every one...
Consumerism Lies at the Heart of School's Educational Purpose
A stream-of-consciousness reflection on the state of school, civilization, capitalism and the way we live our lives.
Bureaucracy in the Workplace: Emergence, Morality, and Implications
I know, the “b” word is a drag, if not a complete mystery, for most of us. It’s a word few attempt to spell, let alone re-imagine. Yet aside from a number of outliers, most...
A Force in Our Culture Is Driving the World Towards Homogenization on Every Level. We Must Resist.
A long, long time ago, an idea was born. It was the concept of Right and Wrong. Right and Wrong have been with us for so long it's hard to imagine life without this conceptual...
Identity Politics and the Struggle Against Oppression
In the search for a way to fight against discrimination and oppression, many young people in particular embrace identity politics. It can be an important first step towards the...
We Are Made for These Times: A Letter to a Young Activist During Troubled Times
My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of...
Get Involved When It's None of Your Business
Working in a retail job, you think you’ve become accustomed to bad behavior on the part of children as well as parents. But you are appalled to see a mother use an umbrella to...
Carl Gustav Jung - the Three Births of the Human Spirit
C. G. Jung believes that we need to go through three births in our lifetime. The first is our physical birth, then the birth of our Ego, and spiritual birth of Consciousness...
The Ego - the Biggest Obstacle to Enlightenment
In your present, individual state of consciousness we identify with the thoughts and emotions that appear in our mind, so we believe that we are a separate, illusionary person...
The Secret of the Inner Voice
”Tell me, what you think about me, what is your opinion about me?” we have asked other people this question a number of times. We were, however, not interested in the opinion...
How to Heal Your Emotional and Psychological Traumas in 5 Steps
In the course of our life, we have collected a number of emotional and psychological trauma in conflicts with other people. These emotional and psychological traumas are parts...
The Power of the Conditioned Mind
The society and culture in which you have grown up programmed those fixed patterns of the mind into you, and your identity who you are and what your job is in this world, is...
The Tricks of the Spiritual Ego
The question could emerge in many of us, whether the spiritual Ego is a supporter or an obstructor of the spiritual development. Can it meddle in the process of spiritual...
Is the Ego the World's Biggest Illusion?
We live here on Earth, together with billions of fellow human beings. That we live is an irrefutable empirical fact. Similarly, the fact that other people live on Earth, too...
The Lover of the Silence
The world around us is too noisy, we are constantly surrounded by the murmur of the civilized world. We have almost completely forgotten today, how living a silent life in this...
The Evolution Process of Consciousness
There are three transformational processes within the evolution of the Consciousness. These are, in fact, three levels of development. At these different levels of development...
Nigerians Are Building Fireproof, Bulletproof, and Eco-Friendly Homes With Plastic Bottles and Mud
These colorful homes are bulletproof, fireproof, and can withstand earthquakes. They also maintain a comfortable temperature, produce zero carbon emissions, and are powered by...
The Law of Attraction Vs. the Law of Oneness
Is there an universal law, the Law of Attraction, which says that everybody has the ability to attract things with his thoughts and intentions. According to this, if our...
Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future
Positive thinking isn’t naive, it’s the best way to get things done
Do You Have Time to Love?
The greatest gift you can offer loved ones is your true presence.
6 Big European Cities With Plans to Go Car-Free
Oslo is the latest major metro to put pedestrians first in some central districts.
10 Provocative Quotes from Ivan Illich's "Deschooling Society"
Ivan Illich’s groundbreaking book Deschooling Society (1971) offers a radical critique of the institutionalization of education within modern societies. Illich believed that we...
The 30 Second Habit with a Lifelong Impact
There are no quick fixes. I know this as a social science junkie, who’s read endless books and blogs on the subject, and tried out much of the advice — mostly to no avail. So I...
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor ... the Europeans Embracing Migrants
Away from the xenophobic hysteria aimed at desperate immigrants are people taking steps to help newcomers and promote the good things they bring
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...
The New Story: Why Changing the Myth Changes Our world
Alan Heeks explores the pathways that can take us from the ‘old story’ of addictive materialism into a new, creative and regenerative post-industrial society.
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.