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How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State
Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over.
What Happens When You Rebel Against the Herd
Are You Truly Living Your Life? You live, but are you living the way you want to live, or the way others want you to live? You choose, but are your choices based on...
Fighting Racism and the Limits of "Ally-Ship"
Khury Petersen-Smith and Brian Bean comment on a discussion in the Black Lives Matter movement about the role of white activists in the antiracist struggle.
I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer's original words. He draws...
Thich Nhat Hanh: How We Can Learn to Love Our Enemies
This is a short excerpt from Peacemaking. I often think about this story when I think about the kind of activism I would like to bring into this world. I want to help build a...
Surviving Capitalist Depression
We live in a toxic society filled with toxic people. Even the ones with the best hearts- including ourselves- have been raised in ignorance, with disinformation. Our examples...
"The Myth of Time" - Martin Luther King Jr.
Excerpt from MLK Jr.'s last sermon, "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution". Delivered at The National Cathedral on March 31, 1968 (4 days prior to his...
The Price of Certainty
It’s alarming to see how polarized politics have become in the United States. The wider the gulf grows, the more people seem to be certain that the other side is wrong...
Growing Huge Amounts of Food on 1/2 an Acre - Urban Abundance
In the small town of Oxford, Kane and Fiona Hogan have transformed their urban 1/2-acre property into abundant veggie gardens. Their business Urban Gardener aims to build...
Farewell to Doublespeak: Israel's Vision for the Future Is Terrifying
Empirical historical evidence combined with a little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people...
The Importance of Empathy
With an increasingly polarized and divided world, we need empathy more than ever before. Too often we are talking at each other, unable to listen and jumping to entirely wrong...
How a Lack of Touch Is Destroying Men
Why Men Need More Platonic Touch in their Lives
Meet the Earthship
Outside of Taos, New Mexico, you'll find a community of people living in off-grid homes made of garbage. The homes are called Earthships and were invented by Michael Reynolds...
Runaway Inequality Elected Trump. Here's How It Can Help Defeat Him
One of the best forms of resistance will be our demand for a more equitable and humane economy
Reason, Creativity and Freedom: The Communalist Model
Humanity stands at a crossroads. Now, more than ever, history calls for a grassroots democracy at a global scale. If we look carefully, all the tools are at hand.
Why Black Bloc Tactics Won't Build a Successful Movement
I admit, I laughed a little too. When I first saw videos of white nationalist Richard Spencer getting punched by a protester, I thought it was funny. And even now, I’m not...
The Charter For Compassion
The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated...
All Together Now
This is how to stop demagogues and extremists: rebuild community.
John Oliver Has A Genius Plan To Force Trump To Learn Some Actual Facts
Donald Trump spreads a lot of false information thanks to his daily consumption of morning cable news. If only we could sneak some facts into the president's media diet...
Redneck Revolt on the Problems With White Ally Politics
A discussion about the politics of SURJ
Redneck Revolt's Response to the Alt-Right
Last week, a video statement made by self-proclaimed members of the "Alt-Right" was shared by Milo Yiannopoulos and has since spread across the Internet. Their statement was...
Dr. MLK Jr. Legacy Symposium: "Moving Toward Collective Liberation"
Honoring the life, legacy and enduring dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This interactive panel will explore the continued struggle for collective liberation and...
This Mr. Men Trump Parody Is Genius!
Why Are My Highly Educated Friends So Ignorant About Trade?
Trump is a disaster, but so was the TPP
The Essence of Gaia Theory
Dr. Stephan Harding explains Gaia Theory and its Impact on his Life.
Want to Make Films for Action? Here are Some Handy Video Guides to Get You Started
Videos are a fantastic tool for activism and advocacy. Here are a few video guides to creating films of your own. Produced by Witness, you can find many more helpful videos and...
For the Last Time
Attending the Women's March in San Francisco was an incredibly inspiring experience, so I decided to make a film about the issues portrayed on the posters. Trump's presidency...
Charles Eisenstein on The Challenge of Communicating Beyond the Boundaries of Consensus Reality
Last week I had two brushes with the mainstream of American culture and politics. The first was an appearance on a PBS television show, the Tavis Smiley show. As far as I can...
Why Be Kind?
Kids give an important reminder to be kind to others, regardless of our differences, and inspire hope for the future. "In the wake of the US election, filmmaker Jessie Auritt...
6 Habits of Highly Empathic People
Are you a Highly Empathic Person? Discover the traits of those who are, and learn how we can use empathy to support both others and ourselves. Learn more here.
Introducing, The Crisis of Civilization Podcast!
Bi-weekly podcast making sense of the crisis of civilization with Nafeez Ahmed (VICE, Insurge Intelligence, Global Sustainability Institute) & Dean Puckett (Grasp The Nettle...
The White Problem
I don’t think I was born white. I think white children are manufactured.
Tashi And The Monk (2014)
On a remote mountaintop of the Himalayas sits Jhamtse Gatsal (Tibetan for “The Garden of Love and Compassion”), a special school and home for 85 abandoned and neglected...
Make America Ungovernable
Donald Trump’s regime is rapidly reconfiguring the United States into an authoritarian state. All forms of dissent will soon be criminalized. Civil liberties will no longer...
The Circle of Human Concern
In a new animated video, Haas Institute Director john a. powell asks, "Who belongs in the circle of human concern?" Through the framework of belonging, the video explains how...
How Gift Economies Align With Our Natural Desires
All living beings share one thing in common. Each man, woman, child, bird, bee, and dog – all have just one life. For every living being, life begins and ends. We are all here...
You’re Not In a Dialogue —You’re In a Power Struggle
How the rhetoric of free speech is leveraged to create space for the far right to organize violent actions, and how else to understand freedom.
It's Not Your Speech, Milo
Understanding the UC Berkeley Protests
All Change or No Change?
This is a story of power, but perhaps not the traditional kind. The kinds of power we are interested in are the deep currents.... the cultural forces that shape all of our...
True Justice Should Have Compassion in It
I believe that true justice should have compassion in it. When someone does something harmful, destructive, the destruction is done not only to the person who is the victim...
Gangsters for Capitalism: Why the US Working Class Enlists
Published as part of the Transnational Institute's State of Power 2017 report. * Through its reliance on the relationship between labour and capital, fortified by...
Why Punching Nazis in the Face Is a Bad Idea
I see all sorts of well-meaning and otherwise intelligent and thoughtful people applauding neo-Nazi Richard Spencer being punched in the face. Here’s why this is not something...
Wetheuncivilised, a Life Story (2017)
Disillusioned by a story of consumption and alienation, a newly married couple is called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year-long journey...
In Utero
IN UTERO is a documentary about life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world.
The Urgency of Slowing Down
On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “Beyond Vietnam” speech in Harlem’s Riverside Church. In it, he spoke of...
Keep Your Spirits Up: You Can't Help the World When You're Tired and Sad
We must take care of ourselves in a way that ensures our compassion is not drained away.
Interreflections by Peter Joseph
InterReflections is an experimental, mixed genre narrative feature film by Peter Joseph, adapted from his book The New Human Rights Movement. This is the first of a trilogy...
Trump's Actions Warrant a General National Strike
Political movements rarely succeed without causing discomfort and inconvenience
How a Young Woman Used Empathy to Disarm an Attacker With a Knife
Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request. ~ Phillip Stanhope I’d like to illustrate how a young woman used empathy to bypass violence during her...
Where We Go From Here: 5 Key Ways to Build a Movement
From "You Are on Your Own" to "We Are All in This Together." What this moment demands is a coherent strategy and egalitarian vision that can harness the energy and outrage...