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Growing Grassroots Innovations: Exploring the Role of Community-based Social Movements

The challenges of sustainable development (and climate change and peak oil in particular) demand system-wide transformations in socio-technical systems of provision. An academic literature around co-evolutionary innovation for sustainability has recently emerged to attempt to understand the dynamics and directions … Continue reading

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Grassroots Innovations for Sustainable Development – A New Research Agenda

Community action for sustainable development is an important  element of most countries’ policies for sustainable development. We welcome this growing recognition of the role of civil society in achieving sustainability objectives, but tempered with a few words of caution: First, … Continue reading

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Cultural Mapping – Visualizing Cultural Resources

Cultural mapping is an innovative tool used for gathering information about the cultural landscape and the cultural panorama in local communities. Through this process, cultural elements are recorded – the tangibles like galleries, craft industries, distinctive landmarks, and local events  … Continue reading

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Community Organizing Models

Assessing unique social action approaches throughout history to determine their ongoing influence and to assess new or adapted models emerging today. Models Summarized: Alinksy, Faith-Based Community Organizing, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Civil Disobedience, Conciousness-Raising,  Asset-Based Community Development,  Spiritual Activism,  Social … Continue reading

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Mass Localism – A way to help small communities solve big social challenges

Policymakers increasingly recognise that many of the solutions to major social challenges – from tackling climate change to improving public health – need to be much more local. Local solutions are frequently very effective, as they reflect the needs of … Continue reading

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A Rhizome based Economy: Topology of Sustainability and Fulfilled Ontogeny

The goal of this post is to outline a concrete framework for establishing a new economy based on rhizome structure that provides negative feedback against encroaching hierarchy, that ensures environmental sustainability, and that maximizes its compatibility with human ontogeny. I … Continue reading

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The Problem of Growth – A Rhizome form of Social Organization Approach

At the most basic level, then, an alternative to hierarchy and a solution to the problem of growth must address this issue of dependency. My proposed alternative—what I call “rhizome”—begins at exactly this point. The first principle of rhizome is … Continue reading

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Saul Alinsky, community organizing and rules for radicals

Saul Alinsky‘s work is an important reference point for thinking about community organizing and community development. His books Reveille for Radicals (1946) and Rules for Radicals (1971) were both classic explorations of organizing and remain popular today. Mike Seal examines … Continue reading

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Local Knowledge – Case studies of four innovative places

It is often more important for most cities, regions and countries to absorb knowledge, adopt and spread innovations, than it is to create new ideas and products through invention and discovery. There are real economic and social gains generated when … Continue reading

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