“I’m next to a giant pigeon and a tribute to Kate Bush” “We’re right at the front – just behind Emma Thompson…” “Anywhere near the sound system?” “I’m a solar panel!”
So went a series of text messages between my friends and I at around Sunday lunchtime, as we tried to locate each other at the People’s Climate March in London. I found most of them – eventually – apart from one elusive chap (who isn’t very good with technology or directions) – the last messages we exchanged were along the lines of “Ah well – seeya next time – was awesome anyways, super positive”.
From Li Photo Capital, licensed under Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
And it was – really positive – a reflection of a perceptible shift in the environmental movement’s general engagement strategy. What was particularly surprising was that this was led by Avaaz – better known for repeatedly telling us “24 hours to save everything or else we’re all gonna die!”. The type of messaging that has, in my eyes, only strengthened “Apocalypse Fatigue”. Something that looks suspiciously like apathy in environmentalists and the wider public alike but is actually more likely an increasing sense of hopelessness. Because…
Elena BlackmoreLove & other illusions: Framing at the People’s Climate March
First, let’s think about why it is that people might hold this belief. I worked for Oxfam for many years, and I never saw anything about orphanages in public communications, so it seems a strange belief to be common. Of all the possible things people could envision, not to mention all the many things Oxfam actually does and talks quite loudly about, why orphanages?
The reason it appears in people’s heads is that it follows logically from their understanding of poverty and of Oxfam.
Martin KirkOrphanages, latrines & soap powder: 7 things we can do to fix the #PovertyDiscourse
Though the design is simple, the clustering of avant-garde, galactic, and de-art shapes creates a geometric, old-meets-new look. If you prefer to attach each crystal with jump rings, you can buy galactic pendants instead of galactic crystals. Just search “galactic drop” or “galactic vertical pendant.”
This is a guest blog from Jane Powell, originally posted here.
What does food mean to us? Is it fuel for the engine, a fashion item, an export commodity, a sensual temptation, a vehicle for culture and celebration, a badge of religious and political identity, or a vital connection with the natural world? It can be all of these things and more, and the stories we tell about food will have consequences for what we choose to eat, and ultimately the food systems that we end up with.
GuestFood Values: a new project with Organic Centre Wales
“Human beings show a broad spectrum of qualities, but it is the worst of these that are usually emphasised, and the result, too often, is to dishearten us, diminish our spirit.” – Howard Zinni
In a recent OpenDemocracy piece, I argued that the way we’re living now – over-worked, over-consuming, environmentally-destructive, indebted, isolated and unhappy – has a strong relationship with the models of ownership and decision-making in our institutions.
Why, and what can we do?
Elena BlackmoreWhy democratic ownership can make us better people
We’ve got to give a hand to superwoman Julianne Moore. When she’s not busy racking up accolades (one for Golden Globes and one for Critics’ Choice Awards), she’s got her hands full promoting her latest film, Still Alice acing her wardrobe at the same time.
Try natural elements that smell and looks great: eucalyptus garlands, pine, winter trees and foliage. I recommend investing in nice glassware for the holidays. Impress guests with recipes for champagne cocktails and mulled wine. Make any food or drink look stunning.
Jon AlexanderLast-Minute Decorating Ideas From Lambda
Common Cause draws on research by an academic called Shalom Schwartz, who divides values into four overarching groups: openness-to-change, self-transcendence, self-enhancement, and conservation. Yeah, right, they’re a bit of a mouthful.
It also draws on work from researchers such as Grouzet and Kasser who use a similar model but that relates to goals.
Common Cause ruined my career, it removed a lot of my assumptions, and took me to a more radical perspective. It was like taking the red pill, once you’ve taken it you can’t go back. You see how misdirected much progressive work is.
Martin Kirk, /The Rules, ex Head of Campaigns at Oxfam-GB
Common Cause applies what we know about motivation from social psychology to the big problems facing the world. We’ve had a go at whittling it down to 10 principles…
Bec SandersonTaking the red pill: A 10-stop tour of Common Cause