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The cop drama exists in infinite variations. Cop drama set in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Hawaii: CSI, Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-O. Cop drama plus a writer of cop dramas: Castle. Cop drama plus a zombie: iZombie. Cop drama plus the devil: Lucifer.
 
The assumption is nothing beats a good serialized cop show. Insert interesting characters and you've got a hit. Insert a cool gimmick and you’ve got a fandom.
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In this essay, I will reflect on my experiences with autonomy and solidarity in the autonomous Zapatista caracol of Oventik and the ways I hope to practically create spaces of collective autonomy in the United States. 

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The principles of permaculture and sociocracy are well aligned, making these two natural partners. But for permaculture organizations that did not start out using sociocracy, what is it like for the community to learn and to adopt sociocracy as their governing approach? What are the challenges, the wins and some tips to help permaculturists who are new to sociocracy, to get started?

Hear from our guest speakers, Henny Freitas and Julian Howell, who share this vision and who have been in the trenches seeing what it’s like for permaculture organizations to adopt sociocracy.

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Can sanctuary exist in a state that still insists on broken windows policing? This week on the Laura Flanders Show, Ravi Ragbir and Sara Gozalo of The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City describe pushing back state pressure and creating real sanctuary, communally, through partnering not policing.

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This piece involves a bit of an epiphany about myself. You know, like when you are surprised into seeing yourself a bit more as you really are. Some background is necessary to lead into how this unfolded.

Since Trump’s election I have become a democracy-freak. Writing a book about it in fact.  And that is taking me on a new journey within myself and across our political spectrum. Here is the opening of my draft Introduction:

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Rita Haynes - CEO Emeritus, Faith Community United Credit Union

John D. Honson - Retired President & CEO, CHS, Inc.

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cross-posted from Shareable

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Inner Landscapes Activists' Community-of-practice, Part I.

Pamela Boyce Simms

The Inner Landscapes Activists’ Community-of-Practice democratizes sustained “mystical experience” in service to movement-buildingMystics worldwide describe accessing and obtaining guidance from the undifferentiated field of consciousness as the ultimate state of bliss. The Activists' community-of-practice takes the mystery [but not the awesomeness] out of "mystical." 

Humans and our organizations are inextricably linked with local, regional, and global ecological systems. Sociocracy is whole systems design for how we organize ourselves and make decisions. Permaculture is whole systems design for re-integrating humans with the ecologies we depend on for our existence - for example water, food, fuel, shelter. Together they provide powerful design approaches that support resilient, adaptable, connected systems.

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[Editor's note: this article was originally published in GEO Newsletter vol. 2, Issue 8, in 2011.

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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

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The life which is unexamined is not worth living.

~Plato

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This week on the show, Patri Ramirez Gonzalez from the Puerto Rico/Detroit Solidarity Exchange Network talks about grassroots plans to save family farmers and the ecosystem in Puerto Rico, and Trishala Deb, Asia regional director for Thousand Currents, a grant-making organization with partners across the world, shares hard won lessons from grassroots activists in Asia.

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cross-posted from Communities Magazine

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[Editor's note: Ajamu Nangwaya has been a cooperative educator and trainer with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, served as a board member for the US Federation for Worker Cooperatives, and is the co-author (with Kali Akuno) of the forthcoming book Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Mandela MarketPlace is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through cooperative food enterprises in low income communities. Our approach is based on a systems model that addresses issues of economic disinvestment, food insecurity, and health inequity, building on community assets to cultivate a thriving food hub.

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