Social Movements

Empire and Multitude: Shaping Our Century

Twenty-first-century crises demand twenty-first-century social movements. What would such movements look like, and how might they align to foster a meta-movement for transformational change? Political theorist Michael Hardt, co-author with Antonio Negri of a series of influential volumes, including Empire and the recent Assembly, talks with Tellus Senior Fellow Allen White about the new global order and the democratic, interconnected movement it calls for. By Michael Hardt, originally published by Great Transition Initiative How did your education and early experiences influence...

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How Grace Lee Boggs Changed My Life

How Grace Lee Boggs Changed My Life (and Maybe Yours too) By Scott Kurashige via Reappropriate Twenty years ago, I wrote to Grace Lee Boggs completely out of the blue. She had no basis for knowing who I was or what I was involved in. In fact, I had only recently learned about Grace through the research of my friend, Jung Hee Choi. In the spring of 1998, I was 27 years old and officially a PhD student at UCLA. However, I...

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How To Build a New World

How to Build a New World in the Shell of the Old Every city has its graveyard of nonprofits, cooperatives, social clubs, and community centers. Without a strategic vision, local projects cannot possibly amount to a systemic alternative to capitalism. The latest contribution from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE  via The Ecologist “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” - Arundhati Roy In the first two articles of this series, we alluded to...

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Social.coop

Social.coop is a cooperatively run instance of Mastodon, a decentralized social network based on open protocols and free, open-source software. Alanna from Open Collective interviewed three of its co-founders to find out more. via Medium Nathan Schneider is a media scholar, journalist, and co-founder of the platform co-op movement; Matthew Cropp is a co-op movement organizer and historian; and Mayel de Borniol is a developer, entrepreneur, and creator of CloudVault. How did all this get started? Matt: Earlier this year, the #BuyTwitter campaign was ramping up activity and Mastodon was riding a wave of Twitter disaffection. Mastodon’s...

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