Category Archives: progressive movement

Join me in a bigger dream for 2013?

This is the text from an ad placed by Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton one hundred years ago. Rumour has it that Shackleton received 5000 applications. What is it that drives people to rise to a challenge, even when what’s asked … Continue reading

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A MAP for When Things Feel Overwhelming

At my birthday party the other night, one of my best friends was talking about the difference between ‘real activism’ and communications-centred campaigning (especially online organising) that doesn’t bring with it the risk of arrest. The gist of the argument … Continue reading

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Five Principles of Transformational Activism

I started writing this post in the lush green surroundings of Vermont in late spring, and haven’t been able to finish it until now, on a rainy morning six weeks later in the middle of Sydney’s chilly winter. I’m glad … Continue reading

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Netroots Nation Wrap-Up

“You and me are floating on a tidal wave/ Together/ You and me are drifting into outer space” – Coldplay, ‘X & Y’ I’m on another continent now, having left the country I always find it the hardest to leave. … Continue reading

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Is America Fundamentally Broken?

I wasn’t supposed to go to Chicago. My flight to get to Netroots Nation was booked from DC to Minneapolis, with 20 minutes to change in Chicago O’Hare International airport. But arriving at the airport, the first leg has been … Continue reading

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