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  • Beauty and the Beast: Can Money Ever Foster Social Transformation?

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    Beauty and the Beast: Can Money Ever Foster Social Transformation?

    In relation to development and social change, money is both a curse and a cure, both “beauty and the beast.” Financial resources are essential to the functioning of most programs, policies and institutions, and they can help to make great things happen. Yet inevitably, money also raises question...

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    February 27, 2015

  • Welcome to Transformation

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    Welcome to Transformation

    Can fusing personal and social change radically transform our societies? We say yes. Michael Edwards introduces openDemocracy’s new section: Transformation. On a winter’s night in 1955, a young preacher named Martin Luther King climbed into the pulpit of the Holt Street Baptist Church in Montg...

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    February 27, 2015

  • “Love 2.0:” a conversation with Barbara Fredrickson

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    “Love 2.0:” a conversation with Barbara Fredrickson

    Is there any scientific basis for believing that love can be a force for change in politics and economics? An interview with one of the world’s leading authorities on positive psychology and the value of “micro-moments of connection.” Can love be a positive force for change in the public sphere...

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    February 27, 2015

  • Has Tim Ryan lost his mind?

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    Has Tim Ryan lost his mind?

    The movement for “mindfulness meditation” is growing, but can it break the modern political gridlock? An interview with Tim Ryan, the US Congressman who wants a “quiet revolution” in America. With bills on immigration, gun control and balancing the budget currently stalled in Congress, many Ame...

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    February 27, 2015

  • Who’s afraid of partisan politics?

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    Who’s afraid of partisan politics?

    At a time when Americans can only agree on how divided they’ve become, it’s no surprise that politicians who promote a bi-partisan approach are singled out for praise. Step forward Ohio Governor John Kasich, for example, a Republican who expanded Medicaid to 275,000 people under ‘Obamacare’ in ...

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    February 27, 2015

  • Freedom, friction and the future of knowledge for social change

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    Freedom, friction and the future of knowledge for social change

    How can knowledge play a more useful role in the struggle for social justice? Late last year, the Coady International Institute in Canada asked me to address this question in a talk delivered during a conference organized with the International Development Research Center. The talk was filmed by ...

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    February 27, 2015

  • Money: in terms of social change, it’s both ‘beauty and the beast’

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    Money: in terms of social change, it’s both ‘beauty and the beast’

    Is money a curse or a cure in relation to injustice and inequality? Welcome to a provocative new series on the role of money in the transformation of society. Philip Larkin’s poetry entered my consciousness during Britain’s “winter of discontent” in 1978, a grim time for those who remember i...

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    February 27, 2015

  • It’s time to put money out of its misery

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    It’s time to put money out of its misery

    Why are discussions about poverty so often held in luxurious surroundings? Perhaps it’s easier to think that way, without any poor people in the room to muddy the proceedings. Think Bellagio, for example, the Rockefeller Foundation’s villa on Lake Como, or Pocantico Hills in upstate New York (...

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    February 27, 2015

  • When is civil society a force for social transformation?

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    When is civil society a force for social transformation?

    There are more civil society organizations in the world today than at any other time in history, so why isn’t their impact growing? When you look at the numbers, the growth of civil society has been remarkable: 3.3 million charities in India and 1.5 million across the United States; NGOs like t...

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    February 27, 2015

  • Civil Society – the 3rd edition is out at last!

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    Civil Society – the 3rd edition is out at last!

    Every five years I revise the book on Civil Society I originally published with Polity Press in 2004. It’s Groundhog Day again, and the third edition of the book comes out this week. It has lots of new and updated material, including the role of social media and social enterprise, different tre...

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    February 27, 2015

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