Dan Chodorkoff

Redefining Development

ABSTRACT
The ecological society presupposes not only the rejection of the dominant development model, but even the very definition of development. Fundamental elements of a new definition of development must emphasize quality instead of quantity and the cultural particularities of people and their communities. This means that the communities themselves, with the active participation of their citizens, must reclaim control of the development process from the state and the market.

As the global expansion of “free trade” proceeds at an exponential […]

Harbinger Vol. 2 No. 1 — Editorial

By Daniel Chodorkoff Welcome to the first edition of our second volume of Harbinger, A Journal of Social Ecology. Harbinger is the latest in a long line of publications offered by the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE). With the second edition of Harbinger, we are resurrecting a journal that we published in the 80s. We intend to explore the theory and practice needed to help to create an ecological society, and to cultivate a generous intellectual outlook that can inform the principle of hope. . .

Harbinger Vol. 2 No. 1 — Editorial

Welcome to the first edition of our second volume of Harbinger, A Journal of Social Ecology. Harbinger is the latest in a long line of publications offered by the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE). With the second edition of Harbinger, we are resurrecting a journal that we published in the 80s. It is our hope that the current incarnation of Harbinger will continue in the tradition of its predecessors in bringing you, the reader, analysis relevant to the growing social ecology movement and news of the activities of the Institute for […]

Education for Social Change

The below lecture was presented by Dr. Daniel Chodorkoff, director of the Institute for Social Ecology, at the Annual Reunion of the Friends of the Modern School on September 20th, 1998. This article was originally printed in the Atlantic Anarchist Circle Newsletter, No.6 autumn 1998.

It’s really an honor to be here. It’s very humbling as well because, as Chris said, you all really do represent a legacy, a heritage, of freedom in education that is of more relevance and importance to the world today than perhaps at any time, certainly in recent […]

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Social Ecology and Community Development

Reprinted from Renewing the Earth, John Clark, ed., (London: Green Print, 1990).

Social ecology, as developed by Murray Bookchin, brilliantly presents a comprehensive theoretical framework for analyzing the crises of modernity. It is perhaps the first such comprehensive approach since Marx, and suggests a reconstructive practice which holds promise of fundamentally transforming people’s relation to nature and to other people. The ultimate promise of social ecology is the reharmonization of culture and nature. A vital element in that profound transformation lies in the connection between social ecology and community development.
Traditional Approaches to […]

The Utopian Impulse: Reflections on a Tradition

The article originally appeared in Harbinger: The Journal of Social Ecology Vol. 1 No. 1, winter 1983.

The ecosphere is threatened to a degree unprecedented in humanity’s tenure on the planet. The rupture with the natural world is symptomatic of and a causal factor in the breakdown of social relations. The consciousness of exploitation and domination extends to both people and […]