• Stuck in an old story

    Stuck in an old story

    October 21st, 2014 | Expressive Change | Tania Katzschner | No Comments

    “Help stop them before they destroy earth. Become an AlienBuster!”… “It is time to reclaim our country! We need the public to join us in our fight to rid the planet of these deadly invaders!” This call to arms was envisaged – perhaps surprisingly – from an ecological, green, ‘natural’ systems context as a creative intervention in the South African government’s management of environmental issues.

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  • Should we fight the system or be the change?

    Should we fight the system or be the change?

    September 18th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Mark Engler & Paul Engler | 1 Comment

    Once an obscure term, prefigurative politics is increasingly gaining currency, with many contemporary anarchists embracing as a core tenet the idea that, as a slogan from the Industrial Workers of the World put it, we must “build the new world in the shell of the old.” Because of this, it is useful to understand its history and dynamics. While prefigurative politics has much to offer social movements, it also contains pitfalls.

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  • Structuring our Beloved Communities?

    Structuring our Beloved Communities?

    September 8th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Liam Barrington-Bush | 2 Comments

    If we believe that changing the world involves changing the kinds of relationships we have with one another, what role do organising structures have in helping or hindering the relationships we are trying to create?, asks Liam Barrington-Bush.

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  • A six month dive into expressive change

    A six month dive into expressive change

    September 2nd, 2014 | Expressive Change | Josee Methot & Jess Marais | 1 Comment

    Social change work is slow, and we’ve all heard stories of well-intentioned people burning out as they scramble to improve this big old world of ours. But what if this were different? In the fall of 2013, the McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) was fortunate to work with Organization Unbound to re-imagine the way we think about and engage in social change. With the guidance of our [...]

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  • Sneak preview of ‘A Delicate Activism’

    Sneak preview of ‘A Delicate Activism’

    July 17th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Allan Kaplan & Sue Davidoff | 1 Comment

    One of the gifts of being based in South Africa has been the opportunity to get to know Allan Kaplan and Sue Davidoff and their work at The Proteus Initiative. We’re excited to share a sneak preview of their soon-to-be-launched short book A Delicate Activism: A Radical Approach to Change.

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  • What was sparked

    What was sparked

    April 6th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 5 Comments

    More than 170 people from 14 countries tuned into the Stanford Social Innovation Review webinar in February where we shared our learnings around the concept and practice of inscaping. A number of interesting questions and comments were raised during the Q&A. Since we did not have time to respond to all of them during the webinar, I thought it would be worth sharing our responses here in writing.

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  • Exploring the link between inscaping & social innovation

    Exploring the link between inscaping & social innovation

    February 6th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    At the end of last year, we spent some time trying to deepen our understanding of the relationship between the practice of inscaping and the organizational capacity to initiate and sustain social innovation. Through the generous support of Nesta, we wrote a paper on the topic, which we presented to an international audience of [...]

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  • Manifesting a second order revolution in Brazil

    Manifesting a second order revolution in Brazil

    January 28th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Augusto Cuginotti | No Comments

    Protest is never enough to secure a long-term vision for a country, so the straight lines of demonstrations have to be re-shaped into new patterns of participatory democracy and dialogue. This is what is happening in Brazil. Brazilians will continue to show their discontent about a country that is known for its corruption, and for the huge gaps that exist between rich and poor. But alongside [...]

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  • Join us for a webinar

    Join us for a webinar

    January 16th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    As a follow-up to our article Social Innovation From the Inside Out, the Stanford Social Innovation Review has invited us to share our learnings around the concept and practice of ‘inscaping’ through their next SSIR Live! Webinar offering. We’re excited to have Marlon Parker, founder of the Cape Town-based organization RLabs, join us to share his organization’s experience. Twenty complimentary tickets available!

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  • Capturing experiences from South America, East Asia & the Middle East

    Capturing experiences from South America, East Asia & the Middle East

    December 16th, 2013 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    As many of you know, over the last few months we’ve been collecting interviews from around the world for a short film we’re making on expressive change. Although we are in the process of wrapping up the crowd-sourcing phase of the project, we are keeping the door open for interviews from South America, East Asia, and the Middle East in hopes that [. . .]

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