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Spiritual activism, by Alastair McIntosh and Matt Carmichael

What can spirituality contribute to activism? That’s the central question of Spiritual Activism, the new book by Alastair McIntosh and Matt Carmichael. It’s a question that will immediately resonate with some and alienate others, but the deeper you get into the book, the more obvious it becomes that this isn’t a niche concern. “To be […]

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It’s Free Money Day

On this day seven years ago, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, precipitating a global financial crisis. So it’s a fitting day to hold an annual antidote to the rampant greed that caused the crash. On Free Money Day, people go out in the streets and give away their own money to strangers. It’s no doubt […]

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Where is effective altruism going?

One of the interesting emerging movements that I have my eye on at the moment is Effective Altruism (EA for short). This is a new form of philanthropy that looks to do the most good possible. Effective altruists give as much of their income as they can, and they think carefully about how they give […]

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The Uncertainty Handbook

The Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN) is a charity that works on communicating climate change. They have specialised in finding messages that engage different audiences, and overcoming obstacles to understanding and acting on climate science. They have a specific expertise that should be of real value to the wider movement – when a big […]

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Book review: Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

A few weeks ago I received a copy of Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot in the post. Overweight, one could add to that list – this is a hefty tome. The Population Media Center must be spending a fortune posting these things out. The book is a coffee-table style volume about population and its impact on the […]

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10 effective altruism websites

Last week I reviewed Peter Singer’s book The Most Good You Can Do, which introduces the emerging effective altruism movement. It’s a subject I’d like to know more about, so I’ve been looking up some of the many organisations the book mentions. If you share my interest, here’s a round-up of various groups and projects […]

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Give Directly – the direct way to reach the poorest

A billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day. It’s a slowly decreasing number, and there are any number of programmes to accelerate that decline. One of the most straightforward is cash transfers – just giving poor people a sum of money. It’s an idea that gets all sorts of knee-jerk reactions, usually […]

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Could you host a Little Free Library?

Here’s an idea I heard about for the first time this week, and which is worth sharing: Little Free Libraries. I’ve come across free book shelves in pubs and cafes, B&Bs, or Bookmooch and Bookcrossing website. Little free libraries are a little different, as people put them up in their own front gardens. The first […]

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10 reasons to depave your city

Near my Luton office there’s a junction that scores highly on the unnecessary paving scale. It’s out the back of the mall, so there’s a vast blank wall above it too, a concrete landscape with no room for life. Nature being what it is, it makes use of every nook and cranny regardless, but it’s […]

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We Are Many – the biggest protest in history

A new documentary opens in cinemas in the UK tonight, We Are Many. It tells the story of the protests against the Iraq war in 2003, when millions of people across every continent marched to declare that war would not be in their name. As we all know, the war went ahead regardless, but the […]

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