New Good Reads

Here are some great new books relevant to thinking about change and making change in the years ahead. A couple of them you can download gratis, the others are available on Amazon. All of them lend some message of importance to the field of transformative social change and/or activism.    Even My Voice Is Silence […]

adrienne maree brown | some of our blog favorites

Here are some of our favorite 2012 blog posts from adrienne maree brown. In them she talks about creating inner change, about Obama and the importance of practicing revolution every day, about growing our capacity for persistence, and about Columbus, Detroit and the meaning of home. All of these pieces are worth a second look. […]

On Revolution | Grace Lee Boggs & Angela Davis

Listen as revolutionary icons Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis talk about where we could be going (politically and socially), how we can make the very best of the opportunities we have right now, and why revolution is necessary. Watch On Revolution  

inSIGHT | BBC Interviews Darcus Howe on the London Riots

  Click here for video interview:  Darcus Howe | BBC Interview on the London Riots | August 2011  

apes will rise | rebellion for the heart

Just as London was beginning to be set ablaze by Blackberries, I was bracing myself for the current Hollywood reboot of Planet of the Apes. The 2001 remake starring Mark Wahlberg left me mortally wounded, having claimed itself a “revisioning” of the original story and movie, it managed to not only leave every racist/colorist myth […]

The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

Last year Malcolm Gladwell expressed his own ideas about how our social networks fit with the idea of making lasting change. In his article he asks: Are people who log on to their Facebook page really the best hope for us all?

when the people rise

Beyond survival and security, self-determination is the underpinning of justice…Beyond simple survival, being able to determine our own path is the hallmark of self-expression, self-fulfillment, and most importantly, self-love.

red, white and black

Waving their flags of red, white and black with defiance and dignity, destiny is on the side of revolution and the government must finally yield to the eternal law of change. What I see in Egypt is all the people of the world that seek out justice when it is too long denied, insist upon equality when it too long unbalanced, and take back freedom when it is too long withheld.

The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

Gladwell questions what he perceives as outsized claims that social media has transformed the landscape of social activism. Among the points he makes is that social media builds “weak ties” that may tap people’s participation without getting at the kind of motivation required to take the risks necessary to make…