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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 a few years back. As you may also know these 4000 acres of liberated land against an airport and its world is being evicted by the french state as I write, with 2500 gendarmes, armoured cars, drones and helicopters, because an example of life despite […]

New book from Matt Hern

Long-time ISE lecturer Matt Hern has an excellent new book just out, combining an extended travelogue to the center of Canada’s tar sands with an engaging dose of social theory and free-form political commentary.  Here’s what the publisher, MIT Press, says about Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale, co-written by Matt and his colleague Am Johal, the Community Engagement director at Simon Fraser University. The book also features lots of photos and a cartoon account of their journey by Joe Sacco:
Confounded by global warming and in search of an affirmative politics that links ecology […]

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

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 order for the suffering to become compost from which we can plant our visions again, it needs amplification. Writing in the wee hours, on the Pacific coast of North America, I am hoping that these words will be heard, knowing that our peaceful warrior friends […]

Ecosocialist Educational Convergence in Germany

Several social ecologists and friends of the ISE are involved with this upcoming program.  We’re sad that the timing overlaps with our own program in Washington State, but this should be an excellent alternative for people in Europe who are not able to make the trip to the U.S.:
Ecosocialist Educational Convergence 28 May – 09 June in Mistorf, Germany
The 3E Collective is organizing a 2-week course with workshops, seminars, working groups and field trips. All the activities will be shaped around the concepts of discovering, engaging and transforming our reality towards an ecological and democratic future.
Our aim is firstly […]

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 the beautiful Vermont countryside. The gathering is a unique opportunity to renew the Social Ecology community in person, renew old friendships and make new ones, and connect with like-minded people from around the world.

This year’s theme is Building Muncipalist Movements, inspired by the exciting surge in explicitly muncipalist organizing worldwide. We will feature talks and panel discussions on topics like:

What is Communalism?
Urbanization, Right to the City, and the “Commons”
Social Eco-Feminism Revisited
Lessons […]

Against Climate Geoengineering – A response to Jacobin

From Keith Brunner, a union organizer in Burlington, Vermont and a friend of the ISE. This was originally submitted to Jacobin in response to an article by their editorial board member, Peter Frase, but Keith has not received any response from them.

A Socialist Case Against Climate Geoengineering

Since the 2015 UN Paris Agreement, climate geoengineering – the intentional large-scale manipulation of the earth’s natural systems – has shifted from the margins to the mainstream of climate policy discussions. The idea counts among its supporters both liberal technocrats and neoconservatives like U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a notorious climate denier who sees […]

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2 Recent talks by Dan Chodorkoff

Here are videos of 2 recent talks by Dan Chodorkoff, who co-founded the ISE together with Murray Bookchin back in 1974.  The first is from a panel on Social Ecology and Urban Movements, held at the Ecopolis Social Centre in Thessaloniki, Greece in September 2017.  The second was recorded in early February 2018 at McGill University in Montreal.  You can click on either image and follow the link to YouTube, or click directly on the YouTube links below:





ISE Winter Newsletter 2018

Winter Newsletter for the Institute for Social Ecology - recent and upcoming events!

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

We are pleased to announce the next Social Ecology Summer Intensive will take place June 8-13 at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington!
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    New Online Course: Social Transformation Beyond Pragmatism or Utopia

New Online Course: Social Transformation Beyond Pragmatism or Utopia

Enroll today for Social Transformation Beyond Pragmatism and Utopia, a three-session seminar that will explore theoretical and practical dilemmas posed by the tension between utopia and pragmatism in communalism’s political vision. Taught by long-time ISE affiliate Robert Ogman, the course will meet Thursdays at 1 pm EST on April 26, May 3, and May 17.