Vermont author and co-founder of the Institute for Social Ecology Dan Chodorkoff has a published new novel, Sugaring Down. The book takes place in 1968 and follows the story of an idealistic anti-war activist couple from New York City who move to an abandoned hill farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom to start a commune and build a new society.
Some background, to help contextualize this piece for those who might be new to this discussion. This past January, I published a short essay “Social ecology needs development, dissent, dynamism” on the Social Ecology Blog hosted on the Institute for Social Ecology’s website. My intention was not to specifically articulate my own evolving perspective but to try and […]
ISE co-founder, longtime Director, and current Board member Dan Chodorkoff’s long-awaited and much-anticipated novel Loisaida is set to be released next week by Fomite Press. You will be able to purchase the novel via the Fomite Press website as well as Amazon, though we do not have that information as of this writing. Please do […]
ABSTRACT The ecological society presupposes not only the rejection of the dominant development model, but even the very definition of development. Fundamental elements of a new definition of development must emphasize quality instead of quantity and the cultural particularities of people and their communities. This means that the communities themselves, with the active participation of […]
By Daniel Chodorkoff
Welcome to the first edition of our second volume of Harbinger, A Journal of Social Ecology. Harbinger is the latest in a long line of publications offered by the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE). With the second edition of Harbinger, we are resurrecting a journal that we published in the 80s. We intend to explore the theory and practice needed to help to create an ecological society, and to cultivate a generous intellectual outlook that can inform the principle of hope. . .
The article originally appeared in Harbinger: The Journal of Social Ecology Vol. 1 No. 1, winter 1983. The ecosphere is threatened to a degree unprecedented in humanity’s tenure on the planet. The rupture with the natural world is symptomatic of and a causal factor in the breakdown of social relations. The consciousness of exploitation and […]