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, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Social Transformation Beyond Pragmatism or Utopia Online Seminar: Winter 2019 Session

The Institute for Social Ecology is excited to announce the winter 2019 dates for our online seminar Social Transformation Beyond Pragmatism or Utopia. Taught by ISE faculty Robert Ogman, this five-session seminar explores the challenges and possibilities of linking our utopian vision to practical political engagement.  The course will meet Mondays at 12-1:30 PST/3-4:30 pm ET from January 28 …

By ISE | December 21st, 2018 | Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Ecology Democracy Utopia Winter Online Seminar: Jan. 28-Mar., 2019

Enrollment is now open for the winter 2019 session of the ISE online seminar Ecology, Democracy, Utopia!  The course will meet on Mondays at 3 pm PST/6 pm EST from January 28th through March 18th. This eight-week course provides a comprehensive overview of Social Ecology – an interdisciplinary body of ideas that explores the relationship between social …

By ISE | December 21st, 2018 | Social Ecology Blog | 1 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 |

Peoples’ Tribunal on Fracking & Climate Change

The historic Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change took place on May 14th – 18th, co-hosted by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.  The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT or Tribunal) is a highly respected international forum that grew from the Russell-Sartre Tribunal to investigate whether …

By ISE | October 14th, 2018 | 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 |