September 14, 2014
"Josiah Collett, a 10-year-old autistic boy from Broxbourne, England, had always struggled with social interactions. But things were getting worse. In school, his peers told him that he shouldn’t be alive. He spent nights crying, unable to explain to his parents what had happened."

Ilana E. Strauss in The Atlantic.The Weird Little Industry Behind a Mesmerizing Instrument

The manufacturers of the world’s handpans don’t want to turn to mass production. The result: Super-long waiting lists to get one of these rare steel orbs.

September 5, 2014
"My own feeling is that ‘therapy’ needs to recast itself as a way of helping people to understand their predicament in terms of the social environment in which they find themselves."

David at P2P Foundation. What if Psychological Distress came from inequality and domination ?

September 5, 2014
"But more importantly, as he and his music have matured, Killer Mike’s stark portrayals of street life are more often used as context for a larger narrative: a story about what must be done to redeem neighborhoods like Adamsville. Killer Mike’s ghetto gospel is about self-sufficiency."

Chuck Reece at The Bitter Southerner.  Killer Mike: The Opposite of Bullshit

How an Atlanta Rapper’s “Ghetto Gospel” Is Changing His Community

July 6, 2014
"It is obvious that the movement from individual to class consciousness has something in common with a movement from individual to community consciousness. But the awareness of class conflict, of class war, made it difficult to assume a unity that transcended the class struggle. Classes seemed real; the broader “community” did not."

Joseph Tussman at a Site dedicated to him. 

Remembering Alexander Meiklejohn

March 12, 2014
"Homework should also be there as a a bridge between the community and the school. In particular, homework needs to be planned around the community’s and family’s fund of knowledge – which may be different from what the curriculum is based on."

Richard Walker and Mark Horsley in The Conversation. Should Australian schools ban homework?

Via ShrinkRants

March 11, 2014

The Moth Presents Andrew Solomon: The Refugees

A survivor of the Pol Pot’s death squads teaches an American to handle depression.

Also see Andrew Solomon’s Moth Talk Notes on an Exorcism!

Future Light Orphanage

February 7, 2014
Barter clubs in Argentina

The Wikipedia article Crédito gives some further information about the history of this important alternative currency experiment.

January 23, 2014
"But in practice master plans fail—because they create totalitarian order, not organic order. They are too rigid; they cannot easily adapt to the natural and unpredictable changes that inevitably arise in the life of a community. As these changes occur—in community sentiment, politics, opportunity—the master plan becomes obsolete, and is no longer followed. And even to the extent that master plans are followed, they do nothing to ensure for each building, a sound, human relationship to all the places around it. They do not specify enough about connections between buildings, human scale, balanced function, etc., to help each local act of building and design become well-related to the environment as a whole. (pg. 18)"

— Christopher Alexander in The Oregon Experiment.

October 2, 2013
"Markets aren’t “free” of rules; the rules define them."

Dave Pollard at How to Save the WorldAn Economy That Works for Us

August 8, 2013
"If your community has no place for the difficult, maddening, awful, irritating, frustrating people within it, the weak ones, the troubled ones, the mentally ill, the physically ill, the demanding, the ones who always bring up the same dumb point, the ones who make you want to scream when they talk – if it has no place for the real, actual people in it, we are failing. Community is community – it is all the people who show up, all the people who are present, all the people who are simply there – the ones you like, the ones you don’t like and all the ones in between. If you find yourself casting them off because you are too busy saving the world, you have to be reminded what, exactly, it is you are saving."

Sharon Astyk at Casaubon’s Book. Bathtubs: A Theory of Community Relations

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