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

April 14, 2013
"These efforts sometimes become experiments in feeling one’s way into a new story — visually, dramatically, poetically, digitally and relationally — that often opens up options that didn’t seem to be there before."

Ken Butigan at Waging NonviolencePeacemaking circles become a way of living on Chicago’s South Side

April 11, 2013
"Neoliberalism has always been wracked by a central paradox. It declares that economic imperatives are to take priority over all others. Politics itself is just a matter of creating the conditions for growing the economy by allowing the magic of the marketplace to do its work. All other hopes and dreams—of equality, of security—are to be sacrificed for the primary goal of economic productivity."

David Graeber at The BafflerA Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse

The Democracy Project (Book)

April 11, 2013
"The measure of the health of the communities in which you will be leaders is measured in our ability to stand in awe at the burdens the poor have to carry, rather than stand in judgement at how they carry it. The measure of your compassion lies not in your service of those on the margins but in your willingness to see yourself in kinship with them."

Greg Boyle quoted in an article by Michael Carney at Pando DailyA lot of companies claim to change the world. Homeboy Industries actually does

February 26, 2013
"We’re a world at war, ravaged by disagreements, a bizarrely globalized people in which the extravagant excesses of one culture wash up as famine or flood on the shores of another. Even the architecture of our planet is collapsing under the weight of our efficient productivity. Our climate, our oceans, migratory paths, things we believed were independent of human affairs."

Barbara Kingsolver at Daily Good (Original at Duke Today). 2008 Commencement Address by Barbara Kingsolver

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