The real reason the climate movement has failed

In the last three decades since the climate movement has gotten active, the world’s economy has released more greenhouse pollution than in the years previously since the Industrial Revolution. Clearly, whatever progress on public policy that the movement has made with governments and businesses, those governments and businesses have failed to take meaningful action. Why?

Bolivia is on Fire, Too — And You’re Part of the Problem

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro isn’t the only culprit behind the fires currently raging across the Amazon at a rate of a football field per minute. With the high demand for meat, soy, and petroleum in developed countries, we are directly fuelling these fires in the Amazon basin. There is much that we can do to help turn this … Continue reading “Bolivia is on Fire, Too — And You’re Part of the Problem”

Do We Want to Advance Towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

The age of Enlightenment ushered in progress and left it anchored in our political and economic consciousness. From that moment on, technology has emerged as the key, unique and universal solution to all of our problems. This, coupled with the unprecedented rate of acceleration we are experiencing in today’s world, means that industrial revolutions are … Continue reading “Do We Want to Advance Towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution?”

‘Development’ is Colonialism in Disguise

The paths to a bio-civilization are multiple – and the pluriverse is already visible in the cosmovisions and radical practices of many groups worldwide. The notion of a pluriverse questions the alleged universality of Euro-Americacentric modernity. As the Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico, put it so wisely, the pluriverse constitutes “a world where many worlds fit”.

A Brief History of Systems Science, Chaos and Complexity

On the one hand I believe it is vital to accepts uncertainty, not-knowing, and unpredictability fully to the point of deep humility. On the other hand, I also believe that we need to choose to act from the conviction that we can design for positive emergence in complex systems even if it is not an … Continue reading “A Brief History of Systems Science, Chaos and Complexity”

The Passions of Populist Politics

In a new book edited with Fernando Vallespín, I explore the links between populist politics and the specific dynamics that emotions trigger in contemporary societies. We investigate the extent to which the global rise of populism and the role of emotions in politics converge on a specific logic – one that goes hand in hand with current forms … Continue reading “The Passions of Populist Politics”

Free, Fair, and Alive: The Commons as a Transformative Perspective: Excerpt

The discourse around commons and commoning helps us see that individuals working together can bring forth more humane, ethical, and ecologically responsible societies. It is plausible to imagine a stable, supportive post-capitalist order. The very act of commoning, as it expands and registers on the larger culture, catalyzes new political and economic possibilities.

Fighting Water Privatization with ‘Blue Communities’

A Blue Community is an act of hope. Instead of being against the many threats to water, a Blue Community offers a vision for the future based on the belief that water is a human right and a public trust. It also tackles the growing crisis of plastic pollution by committing a municipality (or university … Continue reading “Fighting Water Privatization with ‘Blue Communities’”

How Climate Change is Driving Emigration from Central America

In the absence of coordinated action on the part of the global community to mitigate ecological instability and recognize the plight of displaced people, there’s a risk of what some have called “climate apartheid.” In this scenario – climate change combined with closed borders and few migration pathways – millions of people would be forced … Continue reading “How Climate Change is Driving Emigration from Central America”

How to Identify People Open to Evidence about Climate Change

An unfortunate consequence of our divisive political climate is the portrayal of an immovable chasm between people on opposite sides of issues. While that’s certainly true in some cases, there is middle ground to be worked. Those keen to help move the needle of public opinion and engagement on climate change should look first toward … Continue reading “How to Identify People Open to Evidence about Climate Change”

Transition U: An Invitation to Join a Global Knowledge Action Network of Educators

As the school year beckons, I would like to invite teachers to join me in co-creating an on-line knowledge action network – Transition U – as a space to share our thoughts, materials, best practices, syllabi, and any other resources we have for engaging our students both inside and outside the classroom in learning about … Continue reading “Transition U: An Invitation to Join a Global Knowledge Action Network of Educators”

Changing the World one Meal at a Time: How Chefs can Make Eating out more Sustainable

Imagine a canteen where chefs cook up diverse dishes from food produced with care for the planet, prepared in a low-energy kitchen that wastes nothing. Now chefs all over the world can get the support and the impetus they need to realise this sustainable food vision with help from a chef-driven resource that aims to … Continue reading “Changing the World one Meal at a Time: How Chefs can Make Eating out more Sustainable”

Free, Fair, and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons: Excerpt

This book is dedicated to overcoming an epidemic of fear with a surge of reality-based hope. As long as we allow ourselves to be imprisoned by our fears, we will never find the solutions we need to help us build a new world. Of course, we have plenty of good reasons to be fearful — … Continue reading “Free, Fair, and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons: Excerpt”

The Response Podcast Episode 4: Fighting Misinformation in the Aftermath of the Mexico City Earthquake

In the first episode of our second season, The Response travels to Mexico City and puts the focus on the 2017 Puebla Earthquake — a magnitude 7.1 quake that toppled over forty buildings and killed over 350 people. Specifically, we explore the significance of information flows by telling the story of a very unique initiative that arose … Continue reading “The Response Podcast Episode 4: Fighting Misinformation in the Aftermath of the Mexico City Earthquake”