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The Growth Paradigm: Measuring Nothing

The following essay is an excerpt from America’s Addiction to Automobiles by Chad Frederick. The book argues that contrary to the ethos of much contemporary urban planning, simply increasing the multimodal infrastructure of our cities is not enough to free them from automobile dependency. This task requires that we change the underlying logic of city governance, away from the growth paradigm to the sustainable development paradigm, with equity at its center.

Urgent news from Afrin, Rojava

Update from Hawzhin Azeez of the Kobane Reconstruction Board in Rojava:

In the last hour Erdogan’s air force attacked and bombarded Afrin. Hevals noted over 72 planes flying over Afrin and bombing indiscriminately. Hevals also confirm that direct conflict with Turkish backed terrorist groups have occurred. Two tanks have been captured by the SDF/YPG/YPJ and many killed and captured from the terrorist groups; but there are a number of injured and martyred on our side too.

For well over two years Erdogan’s planes have bombarded Afrin provinces, dozens of villages have been destroyed with even more innocent civilian massacred. For weeks […]

By | January 20th, 2018 | Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comment |
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    The New Reactionaries: Amir Taaki, Alt-Right Entryism, and Rojava Solidarity

The New Reactionaries: Amir Taaki, Alt-Right Entryism, and Rojava Solidarity

This article outlines what I believe to be a case of alt-right entryism into Rojava Plan and Rojava solidarity efforts more generally through the actions of an individual named Amir Taaki. Although focused on the Rojava Solidarity movement, it illustrates a problem that has surfaced in other movements as well.
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    Report: 2nd International Meeting on Social Ecology, Bilbao (Oct. 2017)

Report: 2nd International Meeting on Social Ecology, Bilbao (Oct. 2017)

The meeting aimed to open up a space for debate among political and social critics, to give visibility to local struggles and alternative forms of political organization, and to make links between all these currents via the frameworks of social ecology and libertarian municipalism.
By | November 19th, 2017 | Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comment |
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    Enroll now for fall online seminar – Mondays Oct. 30-Dec. 18

Enroll now for fall online seminar – Mondays Oct. 30-Dec. 18

Please stay tuned for several new courses in the works for 2018, along with our next in-person intensive seminar.
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    2nd International Meeting on Social Ecology: Bilbao, Spain – October 27-29

2nd International Meeting on Social Ecology: Bilbao, Spain – October 27-29

Second International Meeting on Social Ecology: Bilbao, Spain - October 27-29.
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    System Change or Extinction? Thoughts on “The Uninhabitable Earth”

System Change or Extinction? Thoughts on “The Uninhabitable Earth”

“There are thus two critiques of “The Uninhabitable Earth.” First, Wallace-Wells fails to account for all the positive environmental actions we’re going to take. But he also ignores the negative political actions that are bound to occur. But something is missing here. These two critiques don’t go well together. It just doesn’t make sense that we could make major reductions in emissions with the same old “vicious right-wing minority” in power. If they’re still in charge and pushing wars, we’re screwed. It seems obvious, but apparently bears repeating: environmental change requires political change. Capitalism fuels environmental devastation. We will only halt environmental devastation if we dismantle capitalism.”

From our recent intensive in San Francisco

We had a truly exceptional time at our recent social ecology seminar in San Francisco.  Thanks to Michelle Glowa and everyone at the California Institute for Integral Studies who made it possible, and to our incredible class of participants from all across North America and around the world!  You can view the full schedule, and see that we had a packed 6 days of lectures, discussions, field trips and some fun outings.  We had an unprecedented number of participants actively engaged in organizing popular assemblies, from the Pacific Northwest to the desert state of Rajasthan in India, and look […]

ISE 2017 Annual Gathering: August 18-20 – Marshfield, VT

In 2017 we had our best-attended and most wide-ranging gathering to date. An account of our latest summer gathering will be posted soon.

Spring Social Ecology online seminar May 8-June 26!

Stay tuned for future versions of our online social ecology course, plus several new courses in the works for the 2017-18 academic year!