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Communal Order of Memory and Aspiration

“A culture is not a collection of relics or ornaments, but a practical necessity, and its corruption invokes calamity.  A healthy culture is a communal order of memory, insight, value, work, conviviality, reverence, aspiration.  It reveals the human necessities and the human limits. It clarifies our inescapable bonds to the earth and to each other. It … Continued

Spontaneous Convergence

On September 29th, David Bollier—the Schumacher Center’s Reinventing the Commons Program Director—delivered a talk at The Land Institute’s annual Prairie Festival in Salina, Kansas, titled “The Insurgent Power of the Commons in the War Against the Imagination.” Following are excerpts from this talk. The whole talk may be read on our website or viewed on Youtube. We … Continued

The Time is Right for a New Emancipation Proclamation

W. E. B. Du Bois—civil rights activist, scholar, and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)—drafted a letter in February of 1961 petitioning the newly appointed President John F. Kennedy to change the policies of state and federal governments in order to end the barriers to equality for black citizens. … Continued

"This is where you come in. You are a community. Community is not just a place you go to when you leave here or even a group of people; it is an activity. It is the responsibility you exercise, that you live up to—and you, everybody in this room, you know what kind of responsibility you can exercise."

-Majora Carter, Sustainable South Bronx: A Model for Environmental Justice