Social ecology needs development, dissent, dynamism

If you’re reading this post on the ISE blog then chances are I don’t need to spend much time reviewing the seriousness of the contemporary situation. Suffice to say, we are experiencing numerous social and ecological crises and the ongoing consequences of climate change foretell a bleak future. And if you are familiar with social …

By Karl Hardy | January 17th, 2011 | Social Ecology Blog | 50 Comments |

Ruiz-Marrero’s “Organic and Beyond” in Counterpunch, etc.

Honoring the memory of ISE co-founder Murray Bookchin who would’ve turned 90 today… Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero, a Research Associate with the ISE has an article “Organic and Beyond” in today’s edition of Counterpunch. Information about the 2011 Z Media Institute has been made available. The Z Media Institute was founded in 1994 and recent faculty have …

By ISE | January 14th, 2011 | Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

News briefs and blog recommendations

ISE board member Karl Hardy will be participating on the “Greening Anarchy” panel as part of the North American Anarchist Studies Network conference in Toronto, January 15th. ISE associate Matt Hern will be speaking at Simon Fraser University on the history of the city of Vancouver on January 27. Details. ISE associate Beverly Naidus has …

By ISE | January 13th, 2011 | Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Social Ecologist Profile: Erin Lingo of Prescott, Arizona USA

Please introduce yourself (What kind of work you do, Where you live, etc.) I live in Prescott, AZ, and am the coordinator of the Prescott College CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and the Prescott Farmers Market. My passion is food and all things related: nutrition, cooking, food justice, sustainable agriculture, farmworker rights, and local food systems. I am a graduate student in the …

By ISE | January 11th, 2011 | Social Ecology Blog | 4 Comments |

Arizona’s Long Dark Night Continues

We republish [originally  published by the Huffington Post] this piece by Randall Amster [Facebook page, Wikipedia page, Twitter: @randallamster] who is the Chair of the Master’s of Arts program at Prescott College and a friend and ally of the ISE. Randall’s work appears regularly on the Huffington Post and Truthout website as well as various …

By ISE | January 9th, 2011 | Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

Social Ecologist Profile: Bruce Norman of Quebec, Canada

[This post inaugurates what we plan to be a regular series of profiles of social ecologists. Special thanks to Bruce, who utilizes a pseudonym in honor of Norman Bethune, a Canadian physician who served in the Spanish Civil War.] Please introduce yourself (What kind of work you do, Where you live,  etc.) I am a freelance …

By ISE | January 6th, 2011 | Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Sad news for the organic vision

Note: This piece also appears on the Chelsea Green website: http://chelseagreen.com/blogs/gracegershuny/2011/01/03/sad-news-for-the-organic-vision/ I wrote the passage that follows near the end of 2010, in the midst of working on a chapter about the early history of organic certification and my role in it.  This experience came to mind when I heard about the abrupt dismissal of …

By Grace Gershuny | January 4th, 2011 | Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

A Tribute to David Noble

David Noble, a pioneering historian and critic of technology and of corporate dominance over academic institutions, passed away suddenly this past week. David lectured a couple of times at the ISE, spent summers in Barnet, just around the bend from Grace Gershuny’s house, and remained a good friend of several of ours.  Very sad news… …

By Admin | January 2nd, 2011 | Social Ecology Blog | 2 Comments |

Announcing the Purple Thistle Institute

Passing along the exciting news of the launch of the Purple Thistle Institute from Matt Hern, an associate of the ISE who has lectured and published widely on alternative education topics: WHAT IS IT? The PTI will be something like an alternative university, or maybe better: an alternative‐to‐ university. The idea is to bring together …

By ISE | January 1st, 2011 | Recent News, Social Ecology Blog | 2 Comments |