Articles about The Big Picture
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Americans Agree: It's Corporate Power That's in Our Way
There is widespread recognition among politicians and pundits that Americans are sharply divided by party on virtually all of the big questions facing our country. Everyone...
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...
No Planet for Optimists: Coastal Flooding May Come Sooner and Bigger Than We Think
Of all the impacts of climate change, one stands out for its inexorable menace, writes Pete Dolack: rising oceans. And it's not just for distant future generations to deal...
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...
What Do You Think About When You Hear People Say That 'We're All One'?
Sometimes I feel this in my body and it's hard to describe. And I say 'we are all one' as a verbal way to describe the feeling. Other times it is an intellectual idea which I...
A World War Has Begun - Break The Silence
I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, "Where is...
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...
13 Point Human Rights-Based Revolutionary Agenda
REVOLUTION LA is a political discussion group and revolutionary grassroots movement dedicated to building class-consciousness from the bottom-up through community education...
The Star In You
"Our planet, our society, and we ourselves are built of star stuff."—Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Conscious Evolution: The 10 Revolutionary Keys to Saving Humanity and Healing the Planet
The Awakening of Humanity Occasionally in the course of human events, a new worldview emerges that transforms society. It happened when Jesus’ disciples were inspired by his...
Mapping the Emerging Post-Capitalist Paradigm and Its Main Thinkers
“We do not live in an era of change, but in a change of eras” is the way Jan Rotmans from the University Rotterdam describes the structural changes impacting our societies...
The Warriors of the Rainbow Prophecy
Are the ancient stories of the Native Americans coming true?
How to Be an Anticapitalist Today
Anticapitalism isn’t simply a moral stance against injustice — it’s about building an alternative.
Depression Is a Disease of Civilization: Hunter-Gatherers Hold the Key to the Cure
Depression is a global epidemic. It is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from...
We Will Dance with Mountains: Writing as an Ally of Emergence
The times are urgent; let us slow down. Bayo Akomolafe calls a virtual community to gather round the prospects of a deeper revolution, a different politics of shared...
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...
The Five Most Common Misunderstandings About Evolution
Given its huge success in describing the natural world for the past 150 years, the theory of evolution is remarkably misunderstood. In a recent episode of the Australian series...
The Whole World Needs Healing
Why does our empathy seem to have limits? Why can't we extend our compassion to the whole world?
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...
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...
When Corporatocracy Replaced Democracy - a Dystopian Warning From the Future
Ever since Trump was elected the question on everyone's lips has been, "Who’s next?" The border between the US and Mexico is effectively closed to people, although it’s still...
To Change Everything, It's Going to Take Everything We've Got
OK, here’s the idea. We’re in a crisis so deep, so knotted, so unprecedented, and so urgent that, well, we have to change everything, pretty much. Or else. And there’s no one...
How to Change the World in 3 Easy Steps
I often get asked by people about what they can do to change things, to change the world, when each of us is just one person, in the face of so much that we cannot even hope...
I Know Islamic State. What They Fear More Than Bombs Is Unity
In Syria I learned that Islamic State longs to provoke retaliation. We should not fall into the trap
Outdated Politics In a Time of Global Crisis
Complex societies require complex politics, which again require a highly educated public. We have neither. We have simpleton politicians, half of which claim to hate...
How Globalization Fuels Terrorism and Fundamentalism
For people in the modern world, there may be nothing more difficult to comprehend than the group calling itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. The beheadings, rapes, and other...
What Is Anarchism All About?
Whenever public protests ignite into violent behaviour, the mainstream media are often quick to refer to “anarchy” and to “anarchists”. Those who are referred to as anarchists...
Dealing With the Killer Called Stress
Stress kills Mindfulness. Here are Ten Things you can do to avoid it.
Do You Yearn for a World of Love and Justice? So Do We.
And we're going to create that world together.
6 Short Films for Radical Action
To create the conditions for equality and justice, to end the wanton destruction of the environment and begin the process of restoring ecosystems, we need to understand the...
Igniting the Life Force at Our Creative Core, Bringing Spirituality into Action
Called forth by the enormous challenges of our times, a powerful new movement is emerging with the potential to change our world. Evolutionary spirituality is a new, integral...
As .01% Face Extinction: Darth Vader, Scrooge, Professor Snape Offer Advice to Their Minions
4-minute video of Darth Vader’s choice to serve love, family, and community rather than vicious psychopathic hatred: For those involved in support of US government-sponsored...
Healing Our Collective Trauma: The Key to Creating a Society Based on Trust Rather Than Fear
Behind the crisis of our time hides the core crisis of human relationships.
11 of the Best Astronomy Photographs to Inspire Awe and Wonder
The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is an annual celebration of the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos by astrophotographers worldwide...
Opportunity in Collapse: Radical Horizons of the Post-Apocalyptic
What will happen when the state collapses? Will society descend into lawlessness, or can we seize the opportunity to let our human potential flourish?
Field Notes to Life During the Apocalypse
Humanity, after taking over the driver’s seat of evolution, has crashed it into the brick wall of industrial civilization.
Let Them Eat Privilege
Focusing on privilege diverts attention away from the real villains.
Against Charity
Rather than creating an individualized “culture of giving,” we should be challenging capitalism’s institutionalized taking.
Can Standing Up For What We Believe In Make Us All Feel a Little Less Powerless?
It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? Inequality is rising, and services are being cut to those who most need them. Our eco-system is teetering on the edge, and oil companies...
Just World Hypothesis and the Perpetuation of Victim-Blaming
Victim-blaming is rife in today’s world. Claiming benefits? You’re called a scrounger. Fleeing war? You’ll be criticised forspoiling someone’s holiday. Suffer from mental...
The Story of Sama: How I Woke Up
No Longer Powerless tells the stories of women fighting for a better world. Read their stories. Share your stories. Stand up and be counted. This is the story of Sama. 
My Outrage Is Better Than Your Outrage
Even when a dentist kills an adored lion, and everyone is furious, there’s loftier righteousness to be had.
Beyond Extinction - Transition to Post-Capitalism is Inevitable
In Margaret Atwood’s powerful essay [It’s Not Climate Change — It’s Everything Change] on the reality of climate change — and its implications for the future of oil-dependent...
Addiction, Climate Change, and the Psychology of Recovery
How does addiction relate to our relationship to the living world?
Good News for the Anthropocene
The best news for a good Anthropocene is that the human brain is a master at learning and relearning and that “rewiring” takes place all the time. Until old age, learning...
Small Loans, Big Problems: The False Promise of Microfinance
Ever since Bill Clinton and the World Bank enthusiastically embraced the microfinance concept in the 1990s, we at Local Futures have been skeptical of its benefits, seeing it...
The Global Economy's "Impeccable Logic"
Ever since the Occupy movement coined the terms “the 1%” and “the 99%” to point out disparities of wealth and power, the gap between rich and poor has received a lot of...
On Brink of 'Sixth Great Extinction,' Humanity Must Conserve or Die
It's official: the planet is entering a "sixth great extinction" that even the most conservative estimates show is killing off species at rates far higher than the previous...
Best Evidence Yet Supports We Are Undergoing a Mass Extinction
The latest evidence shows with a high degree of confidence that we are currently undergoing Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction Event. Do a Google search on earth’s most massive...