Raising children in egalitarian communities: An inspiration

This article is about the impact of raising children in egalitarian communities. Free play in nature is important for children. I interviewed dozens of members of two egalitarian communities, rural Acorn community in Virginia, US (30 adults and one child at the time of research in 2014) and suburban Kummune Niederkaufungen near to Kassel in Germany […]

Trump, Sanders, and the Collapse of the American Oligarchy

This article was originally published by Capital Institute  “The collapse of urban cultures is an event much more frequent than most observers realize. Often, collapse is well underway before societal elites become aware of it, leading to scenes of leaders responding retroactively and ineffectively as their society collapses around them.” – Sander Vander Leeuw, Archaeologist, […]

Egalitarian alternative to the US mainstream: Study of Acorn community in Virginia, US

This article was originally published on Bronislaw Magazine, under a Creative Commons License.  Acorn community is composed of 30 adults running an enterprise and sharing land and income. This essay describes the personal experience of living in this commune that wants to change the basic tenets of capitalist economic system and work organization. “Relationship represents […]

Happier People, Healthier Planet

This is a guest post by Teresa Belton, originally published by Action for Happiness It was a beautiful day and I was enjoying riding my bike along a quiet cycle track, with trees and hedges on either side and birds singing. Suddenly, a thought came to me: most of the things that really make us […]

The global refugee crisis: humanity’s last call for a culture of sharing and cooperation

The real crisis is not the influx of refugees to Europe per se but a toxic combination of destabilising foreign policy agendas, economic austerity and the rise of right-wing nationalism, which is likely to push the world further into social and political chaos in the months ahead.

What We’re Reading Now – July 2015

The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It by Owen Jones The Establishment is an eye-opening, compelling and sometimes horrifying analysis of the UK’s ruling elite and how they got to be in power. One of the reviews on the back-cover reads: “you will be enlightened and angry” which I think is about right. I’ve […]

Hearts & Minds: Sharing as a Mental Health Intervention

Sharing and collaboration opens up incredible opportunities for strengthening individual and community resilience. Those participating in or monitoring sharing activity know this, usually anecdotally. But what if we could measure the benefits to people and societies? One of the biggest challenges for many societies in the 21st century is mental health. In addition to the […]