ISE 2017 Annual Gathering: August 19-21 – Marshfield, VT

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 other social ecologists and fellow travelers 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, connecting with like-minded people from around the world.

As the global political wave of right wing populism has caught up to [...]

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    Enroll now: spring Social Ecology online seminar May 8-June 26!

Enroll now: spring Social Ecology online seminar May 8-June 26!

Enrollment is now open for the spring session of the ISE’s online seminar Ecology, Democracy, Utopia, running May 8 to June 26. Combining video lectures, readings, interactive forums, and weekly online discussion sessions with ISE faculty as well as students from around the globe, the course introduces Social Ecology – an interdisciplinary body of ideas that examines social and ecological issues from a transformative and holistic perspective. Participants will learn the foundations of social ecology and apply these insights to a [...]

Reason, creativity and freedom: The communalist model

On the unique relevance of communalism in this historical moment. By Eleanor Finley, originally published by ROAR Magazine.

A New Municipal Uprising?

Several articles in the past month have chronicled the emergence of an emerging municipal uprising in several U.S. cities, sometimes encouraged by European models.

2017 Social Ecology Intensive: June 10-15, San Francisco

Theme is "Linking Protest and Social Transformation: Social Ecology and the Future of Our Movements," and sessions will be held at the California Institute for Integral Studies.
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    Accelerationism… and Degrowth? The Left’s Strange Bedfellows

Accelerationism… and Degrowth? The Left’s Strange Bedfellows

ISE affiliate Aaron Vansintjan has written an engaging article that analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of two of the most widely discussed political tendencies on the left today, Accelerationism and Degrowth, exploring their political priorities, vision, and blind spots.

Enroll Now – New ISE Online Seminar!

The self-paced, flexible version of our course, Ecology, Democracy, and Utopia, is still available at reduced cost. The full course, with weekly online discussions, will be offered again later in the spring.
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    Sur: A neighbourhood of history, hope, and resistance: An interview with former mayor Abdullah Demirbas

Sur: A neighbourhood of history, hope, and resistance: An interview with former mayor Abdullah Demirbas

From 2004 until 2012, Abdullah Demirbas served as mayor of Diyarbakir (or Amed), Kurdistan's central Sur District, which has been largely destroyed in recent months by Turkish military assault.
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    16 Year Anniversary of A16 IMF/World Bank Protest – Bringing Democracy Home

16 Year Anniversary of A16 IMF/World Bank Protest – Bringing Democracy Home

ISE faculty and students were key organizers and active participants in the alterglobalization movement. To commemorate the 16th anniversary of the "A16" action in Washington D.C. and the important role played by Social Ecologists in this movement, we're posting the widely-read Bringing Democracy Home pamphlet that helped give the movement its political flavor. Although written 16 years ago, its insights remain as relevant as ever.
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    Epistemologies of Freedom: Interview with a young Kurdish revolutionary

Epistemologies of Freedom: Interview with a young Kurdish revolutionary

Interview with a young revolutionary from Kobane, also a careful student of Ocalan’s thinking. He offers a brief account of his experiences as well as reflections on the Rojava Revolution, social ecology, and Turkey’s recent betrayal of the Kurdish Movement: "Unless the Middle East overcomes the nation-state, it can never be a peaceful region."