Social Ecology Pamphlet by Emily McGuire

Artist and designer Emily McGuire took our Ecology Democracy Utopia online seminar in 2018 as a student at Goddard College.  As part of her coursework, she created a lovely illustrated overview of social ecology that showcases her art and design skills. It’s a great short introduction to social ecology, and we’re happy to make it …

By ISE | October 28th, 2019 | Article Archive, Author, Emily McGuire, Social Ecology, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Video: Insurgent Campaigns and Building Movement Power – An Ecology of Tactics

If you weren’t able to make it to our 2019 Vancouver Intensive, you can check out video from the panel “Insurgent Campaigns and Building Movement Power: An Ecology of Tactics.” Featuring City Councillor Jean Swanson and COPE (Coalition of Progressive Electors) activists Shawn Vullliez and Derrick O’Keefe, the panel explores the interrelation between social movement …

By ISE | June 19th, 2019 | Article Archive, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

Saladdin Ahmed on the Significance of the Sudanese Revolution

ISE board member Saladdin Ahmed has an insightful new article on “The Significance of the Sudanese Revolution” up at Telos.  Telos has been an important journal of critical theory since 1968, introducing a wide variety of Frankfurt School and French radical thinkers to U.S. audiences as well as publishing occasional articles by ISE co-founder Murray Bookchin. …

By ISE | June 18th, 2019 | Article Archive, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

Rethinking Social Transformation online seminar: Apr. 29-May 27

Enroll today for the spring session of our online seminar Rethinking Social Transformation! Taught by ISE faculty Rob Ogman, this five-session seminar that explores the challenges and possibilities of linking emancipatory vision to practical political engagement in the current historical context. It meets Mondays at 3 pm ET from April 29 to May 27. The course …

By ISE | April 4th, 2019 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

ISE spring online course schedule, new offerings!

The ISE is excited to offer three online courses this spring – our two existing seminars plus a brand new class, Understanding Antisemitism. Our courses bring together ISE faculty, cutting-edge content, and students of all ages from around the world to create a unique learning experience that centers social and ecological transformation. Enroll today! Ecology …

By ISE | March 8th, 2019 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

ISE Annual Gathering: Aug. 23-25

2019 ISE Annual Gathering: Beyond the Local This August, the Institute for Social Ecology cordially invites you to attend our Annual Gathering for a weekend of engaging political discussion, great food, and a chance to socialize with social ecologists and fellow travelers in beautiful Marshfield, Vermont. As our ideas continue to spread and our movements …

By ISE | March 6th, 2019 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

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 |

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 |