Reflections on Olympia Assembly: An Experiment in Popular Power

By  David Goldman   What Is Olympia Assembly? Olympia Assembly, a political project based in the town of Olympia in Washington State, was founded in March of 2017 in the midst of ecological and political catastrophe. It was created as a communal assembly project, coalescing around points of unity such as direct democracy, non-hierarchy, ecology, …

By ISE | December 15th, 2018 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Grace Gershuny on the evolution of the organic food movement

Learning from History, Going on From Here  (originally published on Grace’s blog, Organic Revolutionary) The world has changed considerably in the forty years since I attended my first NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Conference–then also billed as a “celebration of rural life.” So too has the organization, which has gone from a marginal little group …

By Grace Gershuny | November 2nd, 2018 | Article Archive, Grace Gershuny, Green & Food Politics, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

Review of Andreas Malm’s The Progress of This Storm

In These Times editor and ISE affiliate Dayton Martindale has written an excellent critical review of eco-Marxist Andreas Malm’s new book on climate change, The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World.  He argues that by resurrecting a problematic dichotomy between man and nature, Malm’s theoretical and political vision constrains the possibilities of …

By ISE | July 11th, 2018 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Z.A.D. and the Revenge Against the Commons, by John Jordan

ISE affiliate and longtime activist John Jordan has written an account of the Z.A.D. autonomous territory in Western France that is now under attack by the French state. “As you may well know, Isa and I and our collective the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination moved to the autonomous territory of the zad in western France …

By ISE | May 1st, 2018 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

The ZAD Becomes Compost: LONG LIVE THE ZAD (Zone a Defendre)!

By Beverly Naidus When something you have witnessed, loved and cared for is destroyed and uprooted, whether it is a forest, a species, a community or a culture, it can wreck the spirit. The trauma of these violent actions, informed by greed and ignorance, can ripple out widely, encouraging resistance, but it requires attention. In …

By ISE | April 13th, 2018 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

2018 ISE Annual Gathering: Aug. 17-19 Marshfield, VT

The Institute for Social Ecology cordially invites you to our 2018 Annual Gathering for a weekend of engaging political discussion, great food, and socializing in Marshfield, Vermont. The gathering is a unique opportunity to renew the Social Ecology community in person, restore old friendships and make new ones, and connect with like-minded people from around …

By ISE | March 17th, 2018 | Article Archive, Events Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Social Ecology Summer Intensive: June 8-13, Poulsbo, WA.

We had a superbly successful Social Ecology Summer Intensive June 8-13, 2018 at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington. Stay tuned this coming winter for announcements of our 2019 Intensives, tentatively planned for both Vermont and British Columbia!

By ISE | February 17th, 2018 | Article Archive, Events Archive, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |