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    2016 ISE Summer Gathering: August 19-21 – Marshfield, Vermont

2016 ISE Summer Gathering: August 19-21 – Marshfield, Vermont

Join the ISE for our annual summer gathering in Vermont. This year's theme: Social Ecology, Socialism, and the State. How can we move from protest to social transformation?

New Online Course – Ecology, Democracy, Utopia

Our first online course on the foundations of social ecology. Offered again soon!

Save the Date! 2016 Summer Intensive Program

Join us in the Hudson Valley in August for a week-long program on Democracy, Ecology & Social Movements, also featuring an advanced track on the politics and philosophy of social ecology.

Coming in August: ISE’s 40th Birthday!

August 15-17th in Plainfield and Marshfield, VT. Tentative schedule and registration information now available.

2013 Colloquium: “Social Ecology in an Era of Crisis: Renewal and Reassessment”

August 23-25, 2013
Marshfield, Vermont
In the coming year the Institute for Social Ecology will celebrate 40 years as a unique educational haven for critical thought and political action directed towards creating a free and ecological society. We invite friends, colleagues, alumni, and fellow travelers to gather this August to critically reflect on the continued relevance of Social Ecology today, while also renewing old friendships and making new ones in the beautiful Vermont countryside.

The present moment poses [...]

POSTPONED: San Francisco Intensive (New dates T.B.A.)

New Directions in Social Ecology:
From Climate Action to Housing Justice
An Intensive Seminar for All Levels
Each year, the Institute for Social Ecology hosts intensive seminars for students, activists, and community leaders to come together to explore sets of dynamic and urgent social and ecological issues. This year, the Institute for Social Ecology is thrilled to offer, for the first time, a seminar right in the heart of San Francisco.
We will be partnering with the California Institute for Integral Studies [...]

2013: 8 Day Winter Intensive in Northampton, MA

Thank you for your interest in the Institute for Social Ecology’s (ISE) 2013 Winter Intensive. The Institute strives to be an agent of social transformation; demonstrating the skills, ideas and relationships that can nurture vibrant, self-governed, and healthy communities.
The 2013 ISE Winter Intensive will take place from January 7 through January 14.
What is Social Ecology?
Social Ecology is an interdisciplinary philosophical perspective that weaves aspects of ecology, anthropology, and political theory. As a body of ideas, social ecology [...]

Beverly Naidus installation at Seattle’s “Bread and Roses Exhibition”

“AND NOW BEHIND CURTAIN #2” is an interactive installation in the form of a large colorful fabric spiral with apertures, images and messages that viewers walk around and through. Created by artist/author/teacher/activist and social ecologist Beverly Naidus, the installation  premiered at the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisberg, Germany in 2005. This viewing will be a North American debut for the piece. Beverly’s work examines the tensions, fears and illusions promoted by the corporate media, the stories of individuals struggling to [...]

2012: 5 Day Intensive on Direct Democracy and Strategic Movement Building: March 11-15 (NYC)


Social Ecology: From Theory to Practice
Dan Chodorkoff — Sunday and Monday 11:00 – 1:00
This afternoon workshop will begin with an overview of key philosophical, political, and strategic issues that surface in the theory and practice of social ecology. Social ecology advocates a reconstructive and transformative outlook on social and environmental issues, and promotes a directly democratic, confederal politics. As a body of ideas, social ecology envisions a moral economy that [...]

Directly Democratic Social Change — The 2012 ISE Intensive

The Current Intensive is now full.
Due to the overwhelming interest,
we will host more programs in the coming months.  
Feel free to email: with any inquiries.

Drawing immense inspiration from the Occupy Movement, this year’s ISE Intensive will focus on providing tools to deepen our analysis, historical knowledge, and strategic visions for directly democratic social change.  The 8-day intensive will offer seminars on:

Social Ecology: From Theory to Practice — Daniel Chodorkoff (Saturday, Jan 7th 1:00-6:30pm)

Social ecology advocates [...]