New Compass was established in 2011 by a Norwegian-based collective of activists in the environmental and social movements. The project has sprung out of the organization Democratic Alternative in Scandinavia and the international Communalism – A Social Ecology Journal. The main aim of New Compass is to present ideas that can help turn social and environmental movements into a force for change. We do not think that the dogmas of the 20th Century can help us in this endeavor, and that a new direction toward direct and participatory democracy, radical ecology and a libertarian form of socialism is needed. In addition we have established New Compass Press to publish books and pamphlets. In the future, we also wish to organize international encounters for people who share these views.
The Social Ecology Group (Toplumsal Ekoloji Grubu) group was founded in 1995 by people experienced in civil initiatives and willing to think and act on both ecological and social issues. Toplumsal Ekoloji Grubu questions hegemonic relations at all levels of life and aims to create an eco-democratic society that doesn’t involve hierarchy, where all decisions are taken by direct democracy in collective participation. The group’s work includes ecological research and other activities criticizing the industrial over-consuming lifestyles that have a negative impact on natural, historical and cultural values, as well as defending the survival of biodiversity and all ecosystems. The group cooperates with other initiatives, independent groups, national and international networks.
The Latin American and Caribbean Social Ecology Network (RedLACES) is an initiative of the Latin American Center for (CLAES). Initiated in 1989, the network brought together institutions and individuals interested in Social Ecology and . In 2002, the network’s website was relaunched, empowering the structure of the network through electronic communications. Their objectives are to promote reflection and analysis, tied to praxis, as well as an ethical commitment to the defense of life.
El Colectivo Ambiente de Tabanoy (Tabanoy Environmental Collective) is a popular education project dedicated to sharing social ecological principles in Cristobol, Columbia. Cristobol is a suburb of the capital city of Bogota with many indigenous, peasant and worker communities. For over six years, this group of youth edukadores de kalle (street educators) have been organizing education and cultural programs which link social and ecological issues. They advocate a model of re – existencia; food cultivation which incorporates ancestral knowledges and expertise with clinical medicine and scientific methods. Through their education programs, the CAT addresses some of the most pressing social issues in Cristobal- poverty, the dispossession of land, and drugs.
A French language web portal and library for social ecology. It provides basic information and gathers translations of articles, press materials, a global list of publications in French, and videos around the theme of social ecology. Its main aim is to improve the accessibility of French material on social ecology by transcribing existing translated texts and making new translations. It also announces activities (conferences, meetings) and seeks to offer a platform to gather French speaking people active around social ecological projects.
Eutopia is a Greek Journal devoted to libertarian and ecological theory. They are based in Thessaloniki and Athens. Eutopia is a journal aiming at spreading the principles and practices of libertarian municipalism. Libertarian municipalism is a theory based on the anti-authoritarian tradition and henceforce on the choice of autonomy. Eutopia endorses communities under confederation governed by the principles of direct democracy. Within the framework of such a theory these communities are self organized while their members maintain their individuality. Libertarian municipalism as envisioned by Eutopia is based on mutual aid, rejects racial, sex and color discrimination, and defends in parallel the rights of non human nature.
An organization inspired by and acting with a social ecology approach mostly involved in campaigning against corporate power and the take over of our territories by corporations in the food, agriculture and plantations sectors, aided through free trade and investment agreements and policies. Please also visit a companion project, Real World Radio, a multi-lingual internet radio station.
Project of ISE associate, Carmelo Ruiz. Please also visit Carmelo’s blog which is in both Spanish and English.
The mission of SEEDS (Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School) is to develop and offer educational experiences that enhance people’s abilities to knowledgeably and creatively address the interwoven social and ecological crisis of our time. Through an intensive and interdisciplinary study, students gain a rounded and critical understanding of current approaches to social and ecological reconstruction. Students are provided opportunities to test various reconstructive strategies by means of individually designed practicums. SEEDS is located on Vashon Island, Washington, USA.
There are BA, MA degree programs and a graduate certificate available for students at the UWS. Please see Stuart Hill’s website for additional information.
A new network based in Canada and Brazil; website mostly in French, with some rough English translations.
A European social ecology project that includes a journal.
Celebrating its 25th year. The Institute of Social Ecology focuses on interactions between social and natural systems, viewing them as structurally coupled, investigating changes triggered by their co-evolution. We seek to employ an interdisciplinary conceptual language and methodological tools from both social and natural science knowledge traditions.