Category Archives: Social learning

Occupy as a model for a new society

One of the compelling attractions of Occupy is that it is modeling a possible socio-economic-political paradigm for how society can run. It is a model the whole world is beginning to watch. For those who come and participate in it, … Continue reading

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Resistance to being governed: Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Political Disobedience’

Our language has not yet caught up with the political phenomenon that is emerging in Zuccotti Park and spreading across the nation, though it is clear that a political paradigm shift is taking place before our very eyes. It’s time … Continue reading

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Quick guide on group dynamics in people’s assemblies

This text has been prepared by the Commission for Group Dynamics in Assemblies of the Puerta del Sol Protest Camp (Madrid). It is based on different texts and summaries which reached consensus in the internal Assemblies of this Commission (and … Continue reading

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Youth movement in a culture of hopelessness

A protest encampment near the heart of the United States’ financial capital in New York City started out with a few dozen students and unemployed university graduates. Within weeks it inspired thousands of New Yorkers to join, and spawned scores … Continue reading

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How To Build a People’s Movement

Now’s the time to challenge economic orthodoxy—but only a massive social movement can turn things around. The United States is entering the fourth year of its deepest downturn since the Great Depression. A stillborn economic “recovery” has distributed 88 percent … Continue reading

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How to Start a Revolution

How to Start a Revolution is a portrait of how millions of people can make a difference to their own lives if they are only given the resources to do it.  It also shows how social media and the web … Continue reading

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Social Movements and Strategic Nonviolence

One of the distinctive features of left activists is their willingness to go to the streets to win people to their causes and create the political pressures necessary for the social changes they advocate. Studies in social psychology and sociology … Continue reading

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The social movements reader: cases and concepts

The Social Movements Reader, provides the most important and readable articles and book selections on recent social movements from around the world. With selected readings and editorial material, this book combines the strengths of a reader and a textbook Reflects … Continue reading

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Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire

In this new collection, David Graeber revisits questions raised in his popular book, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Written in an unpretentious style that uses accessible and entertaining language to convey complex theoretical ideas, these twelve essays cover a lot … Continue reading

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Direct Action: An Ethnography

Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. The case study at the center of Direct Action is the organizing and events that led to the one of the most dramatic and militant mass … Continue reading

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