ISE board member Eleanor Finley has published a new interview piece with Kurdish activist and once mayor in Diyarbakur, Kurdistan, Abdullah Demirbaş. Helpful for those trying to make sense of the current crisis in Turkey or wanting to understand some of the specific ways the Kurdish Movement has brought forward a holistic model of peace in the Middle East.
The ISE will be hosting a discussion at the World Social Forum in Montreal this August - exact date and time to be announced soon.
“Reviving Communalism in Practice”
The Institute for Social Ecology (ISE), est. 1974, invites social ecologists, communalists, and like-minded individuals and organizations for a round-table and discussion about bringing communal politics into practice. We believe that as communalist theory becomes more widely accepted, the next step is to begin building a global movement that addresses the real needs and desires of real people. Our goal is that, together, we can begin answering how communalists can bring our politics of confederal direct democracy to particular cases and contexts. ... See MoreSee Less
“Reviving Communalism in Practice” RoundtableThe Institute for Social Ecology (ISE), est. 1974, invites social ecologists, communalists, and like-minded individuals and organizations for a round-table and discussion about bringing communal politics into practice. We believe that as communalist theor...
Great overview of Bookchin's life and legacy, as well as a section on the ISE:
"Bookchin founded the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE) in the early seventies in Vermont with anthropologist Dan Chordokoff. As Biehl outlines, in probably the most optimistic and lively sections of the book, the ISE was run on a shoestring but became a central hub for all manner of charismatic teachers and utopian dreamers.
At its peak, roughly three hundred radical intellectuals, activists, artists, and technologists would come to study with Bookchin and participate in the school’s three-month summer program.
The ISE offered some of the first courses in the country on urbanism and ecology, radical technology, ecology and feminism, activist art and community. There really was nothing like it. Students read critical theory, studied the history of popular assemblies and experimented with urban aquaculture or solar collectors.
The ISE also became the center of a wave of political activism that swept the country in the seventies and eighties: John and Nancy Todd experimented with living machines and closed-loop production systems at the New Alchemy Institute in Massachusetts (anticipating subsequent research programs in Industrial Ecology); Karl Hess and David Morris tested neighborhood democracy and self-management in DC; Ynestra King and Chiah Heller did much to instigate debate around the contours of a social ecofeminism.
All taught at the ISE at different points. Longstanding relations were also built between the ISE and Puerto Rican radicals in New York City. Chino Garcia and his CHARAS group were regular visitors to Vermont as they explored various strategies for bottom-up community development and socio-ecological retrofits of their neighborhood in the Lower East Side."
Murray Bookchin’s New Life Both the insights — and limits — of Murray Bookchin’s ideas hold lessons for today’s left. by Damian White Murray Bookchin. aqua mars / Flickr Murray Bookchin spent fifty years articulating a new emancipatory project, one that would place ecology and the creative human sub...