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Books:

  1. Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary contains over 100 essays on transformative initiatives and alternatives to the currently dominant processes of globalized development, including its structural roots in modernity, capitalism, state domination, and masculinist values. It offers critical essays on mainstream solutions that 'greenwash' development, and presents radically different worldviews and practices from around the world that point to an ecologically wise and socially just world. (checked on 16 May 2019)  Read the introduction and an essay on this book: 'Development' is Colonialism in Disguise (checked on 11 Sep. 2019)

  2. Global Common Good: Intercultural Perspectives on a Just and Ecological Transformation is a compilation of essays. Institute for Social and Development Studies at the Munich School of Philosophy in cooperation with MISEREOR, invited scholars from across the world to define and explore an overarching goal: the global common good. This book represents the product of their efforts; in it, contributors investigate normative ideals, analyze obstacles that prevent the realization of these ideals, and propose paths for global transformation. (checked on 17 Sep. 2019)
  3. Designs for the Pluriverse by Arturo Escobar, published by Duke University Press, places cultural and political autonomy, as defined by the mobilized grassroots communities in Latin America, firmly within the scope of design, perhaps even at its center in the case of those wishing to work closely with communities in struggle. (checked on 9 Mar. 2018)

  4. Wisdom from the Wilderness rendered in English by Pradip Prabhu, Shiraz Bulsara and Kashtakari Sanghatna aims to share the traditional wisdom of the Warli Adivasi people (from the vicinity of Mumbai) with the world at large. Also in Marathi (see below) (checked on 22 Nov. 2018)

  5. वारली कथा - निसर्ग आणि सजीव सृष्टीच्या सजग नात्याच्या. त्यांचे मराठी व इंग्रजीत (see above) केलेले पुनर्कथन आणि त्यांतील कथानकाला अनुरूप अशी वारली-चित्रे पुस्तकरूपात. (checked on 22 Nov. 2018)

  6. The book Anubandh: Building Hundred-mile Communities is an appeal by Ela R. Bhatt (of SEWA) for building holistic and mutually beneficial communities that are mindful of the impact that our acts of daily living have on the land, and on the people. If the six basic needs of daily life—food, clothing, housing, health, education, and banking can largely be met with locally, within a hundred-mile radius, people will find diverse, innovative solutions to the problems of poverty, exploitation, and environmental degradation. (checked on 5 Nov. 2018)

  7. The Search For Radical Alternatives: Key Elements and Principles - Kalpavriksh has published this 20-page booklet (also available as hard copy) on the search for radical alternatives, with examples of transformations in India in political, economic, social, cultural and ecological spheres, and how these bring up basic ethical values and principles of a change towards a just and sustainable society. (Hindi version and Telugu version also available.) Printed booklets also available. (checked on 12 Feb. 2018)

  8. A Forgotten Liberator: The Life and Struggle of Savitribai Phule (translated from Marathi) has essays on the 19th century woman who waged a battle against caste inhumanity, patriarchy and oppressive orthodoxy and became India's first woman teacher. (checked on 13 Jun. 2019)

  9. Literature in the Age of Climate Change by K. Ramachndran. Literature, art and every conceivable human activity should be geared to address and avoid/mitigate the impending climate crisis. It is our inter–generational responsibility as human beings to save this earth, our home,and conserve it for future generations. (checked on 25 Jul. 2019)

  10. Global Masculinities: Interrogations and Reconstructions edited by Mangesh Kulkarni. It interrogates the myriad practices and myth-making that underlie dominant and subordinate constructions of masculinities around the world. Challenging the patriarchal bias that restricts alternative understanding of masculinities, this volume documents and shares evidence, insights and direction on how men and boys can creatively contribute to gender equality in the twenty-first century. (checked on 16 Aug. 2018)
  11. मौलिक विकल्पों की खोज: मुख्य पहलू अौर सिद्धांत पुस्तिका विकल्प सन्गम प्रक्रिया से जुडे संवाद व अन्य अनुभवों से उभरी सोच पर अाधारित है। (इसका अंग्रेज़ी सन्स्करण और तेलुगु संस्करण भी उपलब्ध है) छपी हुई किताब भी उपलब्ध है. (checked on 12 Feb. 2018)

  12. Social-Ecological Transformation: Experiences from Asia and Europe edited by Liliane Danso-Dahmen and Philip Degenhardt has essays on socio-ecological transformation in some countries of Asia (checked on 27 Aug. 2018)

  13. The Movements of Movements edited by Jai Sen takes a comprehensive view of world movement, and provides a background and foundation for understanding the extraordinary range of uprisings around the world in recent years: Tahrir Square in Egypt, the indignados in Spain, ... and the anti-corruption movement in India. (checked on 11 Apr. 2018)

  14. Book Review: Sumedha Raikar-Mhatre: Why we chose the Buddha - First-person accounts of 33 women from across Maharashtra who took recourse to Buddhism, for personal and political reasons, map the human search for a non-hierarchical spiritual order (checked on 2 May 2018)

  15. Alternative Futures: India Unshackled, (new publication by Authors Upfront, SOPPECOM, Kalpavriksh and Oxfam India, edited by Ashish Kothari and K. J. Joy) with 35 essays on the future of India, seen through the lens of practitioner-thinkers from various sectors: arts and crafts, environment/conservation, gender and sexuality, minorities, culture, localisation, cities and villages, knowledge and technology, health, water / energy / biomass /food, pastoralism, adivasis, dalits, industry and markets/bazaars, democracy, law, education, transportation, and ideologies. Read a review of this volume. Another review by Mukul Sharma (checked on 27 Feb. 2018).

  16. Climate Futures: Re-imagining Global Climate Justice edited by Kum-Kum Bhavnani and others. Seeking better explanations of the underlying causes and consequences of climate change, and mapping strategies toward a better future, or at a minimum, the most likely best-case world that we can get to, this book envisions planetary social movements robust enough to spark the necessary changes needed to achieve deeply sustainable and just economic, social, and political policies and practices. (checked on 16 Oct. 2019)

  17. Bapu Kuti: Journeys in Rediscovery of Gandhi, Rajni Bakshi, Penguin, India, 1998. (checked on 9 Nov. 2017)

  18. Alternatives in a World of Crisis: Seeking alternatives beyond development by Global Working Group Beyond Development. This book (with six case studies from all over the world and one concluding chapter), which is the result of a group effort, intends to contribute to the urgently needed collective inquiries taking into view new theoretical and political paradigms of social transformation. (checked on 28 May 2018)

  19. Fifty years of debate on peasantries, 1966–2016  by Henry Bernstein, Harriet Friedmann, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Teodor Shanin & Ben White. (checked on 18 May 2018)

  20. Alternatives in a World of Crisis: Global Working Group Beyond Development edited by Miriam Lang, Claus-Dieter König, Ada-Charlotte Regelmann.

  21. The booklet Re-making the World published by DVV International is about all the 'ordinary' women and men (pushed to the margins of the political and economic mainstream) who demonstrate their resilience and agency against an oppressive system, sometimes flourishing as they do so. (checked on 30 May 2017)

  22. A Dignity Economy: Creating an Economy that Serves Human Dignity and Preserves Our Planet, by Evelin Lindner, approaches the role of economics and monetary structures for right relationships—mutually beneficial and just relationships, economic and otherwise—with the necessary humility, but also with due candidness. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  23. Elemental India: The Natural World at a Time of Crisis and Opportunity by Meera Subramanian - stories about ordinary people and microenterprises determined to revive India's ravaged natural world which renew hope for a sustainable and prosperous future for India. (checked on 17 Mar. 2016)

  24. Systemic Alternatives - The main goal of this publication is to promote a constructive and creative dialogue between different alternative visions including Vivir Bien, Degrowth, The Commons, Ecofeminism, The Rights of Mother Earth and Deglobalisation.  (checked on 3 May 2017)
  25. Journey to Earthland: The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization by Paul Raskin presents a global scenario pioneer charts a path to an organic planetary civilization, a vision that opens before us as both possibility and exigency in an interdependent and dangerous century. (checked on 13 Feb. 2017)

  26. Maraikappata Pakkangal (Hidden Pages), the first book on gender variants, in Tamil, written by Gopi Shankar to spread awareness about the issues faced by the LGBTQIA community. (checked on 29 Nov. 2015)

  27. Chillies and Porridge: Writing Food - a collection of food writing edited by Mita Kapur that will take you back to the kitchens of your childhood, and far out to realms of imagined flavours and sensory excitement. (checked on 16 Dec. 2015)

  28. The Wealth of the Commons is a collection of 73 essays that describe the enormous potential of the commons in conceptualizing and building a better future, edited by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich. It explains how millions of commoners have organized to defend their forests and fisheries, reinvent local food systems, organize productive online communities, reclaim public spaces, improve environmental stewardship and re-imagine the very meaning of “progress” and governance. (checked on 7 Nov. 2015)

  29. Patterns of Commoning  is an anthology of original essaysabout dozens of lively, innovative commons that are pioneering exciting new forms of production, governance and ways of living. Edited by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich of the Commons Strategies Group, the book covers a far-ranging survey of contemporary commons in print. (checked on 7 Nov. 2015)

  30. Sustainist Design Guide by Michiel Schwarz and Diana Krabbendam with The Beach Network (BIS Publishers), presents an agenda for social innovation, based on values such as sharing, connectedness, localism and proportionality, as well as sustaibability. It explores how designers can become more socially and ecologically responsible and opens the debate on what it means to be "sustainist designers". (checked on 20 Se[. 2019)

  31. The social Commons: Rethinking Social Justice in Post-Neoliberal Societies by Francine Mestrum is the result of discussions on transformative social protection, started with friends in the Philippines and South-East Asia. (checked on 19 Oct. 2015)

  32. In Reshaping Art author T M Krishna pose the question, ‘Can art transform society’?” and examines what art is and how we can harness its power to make ourselves and our communities open and sensitive. (checked on 21 May 2018)

  33. Our Future in Nature: Trees, Spirituality, and Ecology by Edmund Barrow. This book offers ways for those involved with religion and spirituality and for those working with conservation and land use to jointly engage in repairing the damage we have done to Earth. (checked on 19 Sep. 2019)

  34. Beyond Novella: memoirs of change, D. Nayyar, URMUL, Bikaner, 2013. Describes the process of empowering and ensuring education for the girl child in conservative western Rajasthan, through Balika Shivirs (girl education camps), and contains several personal stories of girls and women who have benefited from the process. Lovely  illustrations made by the students are sprinkled throughout the book. (checked on 20 Sep. 2019)

  35. Books on the website of Global Centre for the Study of Sustainable Futures and Spirituality (GCSSFS) include titles on subjects related to sustainability, religion, spirituality, ecology ... (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  36. Books published by the Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA) (checked on 4 Feb. 2016)

  37. Sustainist Design Guide: How sharing, localism, connectedness and proportionality are creating a new agenda for social design, by Michiel Schwarz and Diana Krabbendam with The Beach Network (BIS Publishers, 2013). A few pages of the book can be accessed through ISSUU link. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  38. Samapathik Trust has books and films on issues of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Hijara, Intersex (LGBTHI) communities. (checked on 3 Jun. 2015)

  39. Finding my way is the pictorial autobiography of the Gond artist Venkat Raman Singh Shyam. It is studded with insights into the contemporary ecology and culture of modernity. (checked on 6 May 2016)

  40. Marathi title 'Anna he Purnabrahma' by Shahu Patole covers the cuisine of backward castes of Maharashtra state. Since their food culture hardly finds any mention in mainstream media, and no recipes of theirs are ever given publicity,and on the backdrop of the current invasion of Continental cuisine, the author has documented this cuisine. His article 'Majhyaa Khaadyasanskruticha Shodh', on this book was published by Lokmat. शाहू पाटोळे यांचे 'अन्न हे  पूर्णब्रह्म' म्हणजे महाराष्ट्रातील उपेक्षितांच्या खाद्यसंस्कृतीचा धांडोळा. मागास वर्गीयांच्या पाककृतींबद्दल प्रकाशित साहित्यात काहीही माहिती उपलब्ध नाही. या अन्न संस्कृतीविषयी माहिती सध्याच्या गल्लीगल्लीत दिसणाऱ्या पाश्चात्य अन्नपदार्थांच्या आक्रमणात सर्वांच्या विस्मरणात जाण्यापूर्वी तिची नोंद करून ठेवण्याचे महत्त्व जाणून हे पुस्तक लिहिले गेले. या पुस्तकाविषयी 'लोकमत'मध्ये प्रकाशित झालेला, पुस्तक लेखकाचाच लेख: 'माझ्या खाद्यसंस्कृतीचा शोध'. (checked on 26 Aug. 2015)

  41. Alternatives in a World of Crisis (2nd edition), edited by Miriam Lang, Claus-Dieter Konig and Ada-Charlotte Regelmann, brings together a selection of texts portraying transformative processes around the world that are emblematic in that they been able to change their situated social realities in multiple ways, addressing different axes of domination simultaneously, and anticipating forms of social organization that configure alternatives to the commodifying, patriarchal, colonial, and destructive logics of modern capitalism. (checked on 8 Jul. 2019)

  42. Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development: Lessons from Latin America.  Highlighting propositions such as buen vivir, this thematic issue questions whether competing ideologies and discourses have translated into different outcomes, be it with regard to environmental sustainability, social progress, primary commodity dependence, or the rights of indigenous peoples. This collection of articles aims to enrich our understanding of recent development debates and processes in Latin America, and what the rest of the world can learn from them. (checked on 11 Dec. 2017)

  43. Marxism and Spirituality: An International Anthology - reflections on such concerns as: the spiritual implications of Marxism and its critiques of economic determinism, alienation, and religion; what Marxism has to say to the more urgent spiritual issues of our time; and legacy of Marxism in a post-Soviet world. (checked on 15 Mar. 2018)
  44. Reflections on the Founding of the First Ecosocialist International by Quincy Saul. The Ecosocialist International is the fateful convergence and culmination of a global ecosocialist movement, which is in turn the irrevocable consequence of a capitalist world system which threatens humanity and nature with extinction. It “deals in principles and not in personalities.” (checked on 5 Sep. 2018)

  45. The Rediscovering Gavari Project’s (RGP) team’s new bilingual Gavari introduction describes this spectacular tradition of 40 days of celebration of their godess Gavari, by the Mewari Bhil community of Southern Rajasthan. (checked on 12 Mar. 2019)

  46. Farewell to Development by Arturo Escobar, leading post-development theorist, discusses the fight for pluralism and justice in Latin America. (checked on 14 Mar. 2019)

Articles, Essays & Reports:

  1. In A Science Rooted in Plurality, author Naresh Dadhich explains why he thinks that modern science needs to be anchored in plurality, and discusses how, for sustainable peace and harmony in society, the foremost requirement is stability, for which society should be plural. (checked on 15 Apr. 2019)
  2. ‘Giving community rights to indigenous people will benefit nations, nature’ - Environmental activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim speaks to Down To Earth about how these communities are solution providers for issues surrounding land, climate change and biodiversity. (checked on 12 Sep. 2019)

  3. Towards a climate change justice theory? by Upendra Baxi. In this paper, the author discusses theories of Climate justice, Theories about global justice and environmental justice. He also examines the notion that there is a human right to do harm and the ways in which theories of climate justice may address harm prevention as the cornerstone of a new planetary approach to justice. (checked on 30 Jul. 2018)

  4. Systemic Alternatives — on What they are and on Why they Matter by Ruby van der Wekken on Vikalp Sangam and the need for alternatives to the structures that create inequalities and a concentration of power — structural alternatives. (checked on 12 Mar. 2019)

  5. Making the Law Count: Ten Environment Justice Stories by Community Paralegals in India published by The CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program chronicles the focussed efforts and creative strategies undertaken by the paralegals and affected communities to close the legal enforcement gap and seek remedies for environmental impacts. (checked on 30 Mar. 2018)

  6. The wilderness library is a piece by P Sainath on how villagers in a low-population, low-literacy forest area of Kerala are provided with library services through a tiny shop run by P V Chinnathambi Irpakalukudi. (checked on 3 Sep. 2019)

  7. India’s Important Contributions to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - this article is based on a lecture at the India International Centre, delivered by the author Miloon Kothari, at the invitation of the United Nations India office to mark 70 years of the UDHR. (checked on 21 Dec. 2018)

  8. आचार्य विनोबा भावे शास्त्रों के अभ्यासक, सत्याग्रही और प्राचीन ऋषि परंपरा के विचारवंत थे. भारतीय विचार, कृति और इतिहास की उनकी ख़ास जानकारी थी. १९७० की इस भेंटवार्ता (पृष्ठ ४, ५ और ६) से हमें उसके बारे में कुछ पता चलता है. Vinoba Bhave, as a scholar of shastras, satyagrahi and thinker in the ancient Rishi Parampara, had his own distinctive understanding and articulation of Indian ways of thought, action and history.  This 1970 interview (in Hindi, see pages 4, 5 and 6) gives some interesting leads on these.  (checked on 5 Mar. 2018)

  9. Eco-Swaraj by Ashish Kothari. The broad components and values of eco-swaraj (practices that respect the limits of the Earth and the rights of other species, while pursuing the core values of social justice and equity) have been under discussion acoss India through the Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence) proces, which brings together a diverse set of actors from communities, civil society, and various professions who are involved in alternative initiatives across all sectors. (checked on 16 Jan. 2018)

  10. Vivir Bien: Old Cosmilogy and New Paradigms by Pablo Solón discusses the broad, evolving framework of the concept. It would be appropriate to locate various interpretations within an overarching cosmovision, he states. (checked on 19 Mar. 2018)

  11. Defining A Utopian Present In Christiania, Copenhagen - Ashish Kothari and Shrishtee Bajpai speak with Natasha Verco about the utopian thought and practice , which have helped make Christiania, a neighborhood in Copenhagen, a successful autonomous community. (checked on 3 Oct. 2019)

  12. Think Globally, Act Locally by Brian Tokar. Nationalist movements in Europe and beyond seek to position themselves as the true voices of a renewed localism. This article explores the prospects for such locally centered political engagement in a time of rising political polarization and conflict. And how local action could help advance personal liberation and social justice, as well as how it could further our goals for global transformation. (checked on 19 Aug. 2019)

  13. Movements around systemic alternatives, for systemic change by Ruby van der Wekken. The European Commons Assembly represents new movement building around the commons. However, rather then to look at this and other movements as standing alone, another perspective points to the actual complementarity of different envisionings for systemic change as the commons, degrowth, and feminism and to the systemic alternatives informed by this complementarity. (checked on 4 Jul. 2018)

  14. "21st century is the century of Women‘s Revolution!" The statement presented by Besime Konca of the Kurdish Women’s Movement at “Defend the Sacred” Conference, 17th August 20. (checked on 3 Sep. 2019)

  15. Transformed Territories of Gendered Care Work in Ecuador's Petroleum Circuit by Cristina Cielo, Nancy Carrión Sarzosa explores the transformation of indigenous women's care work in the Ecuadorian Amazon, as their communities are increasingly integrated into petroleum industry activities. Care work activities–not only for social reproduction, but also to sustain cycles of fertility, growth and waste interdependent with nature–constitute affective ecologies. (checked on 23 Apr. 2018) 

  16. Happiness in Communal Life: A Scientific Project - biologist Bjørn Grinde writes about his search for answers to key question: How can we organize a society in a way that caters to human well-being and at the same time saves the environment? His team looks at the Intentional Community movement for answers. (checked on 19 Jun. 2017)

  17. India Exclusion Report (IXR) is a widely collaborative effort involving institutions and individuals working with disadvantaged and marginalised communities in India. Published by Centre for Equity Studies, the report seeks to inform public opinion around exclusion and to influence policy making towards more inclusive and equitable governance. It is also meant to serve as a tool to support public action for the greater inclusion of marginalised communities. (checked on 2 Jan. 2019)

  18. Values based solidarity – briefing paper March 2019 - for a link to download a detailed briefing paper on the approach being taken by Anthropocene Action, which is piloting an approach to supporting, amplifying and accelerating the many responses to the world's converging crises by linking them together through explicit exploration of intrinsic values and a recognition of a need for urgent cultural and systems changes. (checked on 8 Jul. 2019)

  19. Radical Well-Being Alternatives to Development - Notes from a discussion at World Social Forum, Tunis, 27 March 2015, Organised by Kalpavriksh, Global Diversity Foundation, Centre for Environment and Development, Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties, and SADED, this workshop brought together a few alternative approaches, to learn from each other, and build common ground. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  20. Solving Problems That Matter Could Be the Next Big Thing - by John Boik. By viewing a society as a problem-solving superorganism, the natural sciences and technology sector can go wild with possibilities. Designs of economic, governance, and legal systems fall into their domain. (checked on 4 Jul. 2017)

  21. Learning from grassroots transformations for sustainability through the conflict transformation and alternatives frameworks by Neema Pathak, Iokiñe RodriguezMeenal Tatpati and Mirna Inturias. The paper discuss two frameworks that are being developed in the Global South with the aim of learning from and with resistance movements about the transformations brought about by their actions. These are the Conflict Transformation Framework, developed by Grupo Confluencias from Latin America, and the Alternatives Transformations Framework developed by Kalpavriksh from India. While the first framework has emerged out of experiences of resistance movements in Latin America, the second one is grounded in grassroots alternatives that are being put in practice in India. (checked on 2 Dec. 2017)

  22. From stopping the machines of socio-ecological destruction, to the building of alternative worlds: Rethinking our strategies for social change - a short report on a meeting of the Global Working Group Beyond Development, held in Ecuador, hosted by the Brussels office of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, in order to collectively analyze the opportunities and challenges, as well as the practical strategies, for the construction of multidimensional alternatives which would respond to the current civilizational crisis to which capitalism and its economic, social and cultural dynamics have led. (checked on 20 Jun. 2017)

  23. Community Driven Water Conservation Initiatives In 2016 Drought by Bhim Singh Rawat of South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) (checked on 13 Jun. 2016)

  24. Sacred Groves as Commons by Kishore Saint. In trying to describe and interpret the significance and regenerative potential of sacred groves he takes cognizance of the whole range of natural, social and spiritual factors which have ensured their survival, relevance and importance. (checked on 27 Feb. 2017)

  25. Last of the Singing Halakkis - The story of the Halakki Vokkaliga tribal community located in the backyard of Ankola in northern Karnataka who sing their stories out loud. (checked on 26 JUl. 2015)

  26. The India Biodiversity Awards, launched by the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change in partnership with the United Nations Development Progamme, recognise excellence in biodiversity governance across the country. This press release covers the Awards for 2016.  (checked on 11 Jun. 2016)

  27. Work as worship: a comparative examination of the religious/philosophical motives behind the integrated agriculture systems practice in Yuksom and Lingee-Payong, Sikkim by Eliza Dumais. (checked on 9 Oct. 2015) 

  28. Why Saiden Village in Meghalaya Started its Own Library by  (checked on Oct. 2015)

  29. A Report on the First Vikalp Sangam which was hosted by Timbaktu Collective between 17-19th of October, 2014. The idea of a Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence)is rooted in the motive of collectively challenging the dominant framework of today’s economic and political system, which is unsustainable and inequitable.  (checked on 25 Jun. 2015). Vikalp Sangam Reports: Energy Vikalp Sangam held in Bodh Gaya, Bihar - Detailed Report; Vikalp Sangam Ladakh- Detailed Report; and Vikalp Sangam at Madurai, Tamil Nadu- Detailed Report

  30. Press Reports in Telugu on the first Vikalp Sangam which was hosted by Timbaktu Collective between 17-19th of October, 2014: Andhrajyoti, Eenadu, Sakshi and a full compilation of reports. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  31. Cracks in the Concrete: Toward Radical Hope by John Foran explores how hope works (in the context of Climate catastrophe humans are driving all earth to). (checked on 5 Jul. 2018)

  32. Let's Re-visit Ladakh 2025- Vision Document - by Tsewang Rigzin, reporting on the Alternatives Confluence held at Ladakh in July 2015 which discussed Ladakh 2025 Vision Document in detail and came up with a set of recommendations for its implementation. (checked on 25 Nov. 2016)

  33. From Systems Thinking to Systems Being - by Kathia Castro Laszlo. Systems being which involves embodying a new consciousness, is described in this piece as an expanded sense of self, a recognition that we cannot survive alone, that a future that works for humanity needs also to work for other species and the planet. (checked on 9 Feb. 2016)

  34. Changelooms With.in: Empowering Youth to Weave Stories of Inclusion - The Changelooms learning and leadership journey is designed by ComMutiny – The Youth Collective and Pravah to be a Space where a cohort of young social entrepreneurs with youth-centric social change ideas and initiatives undertake a journey from ‘self’ to ‘society’ and in the process build their leadership capacities through continuous self refl-action. (checked on 11 Jan. 2016)

  35. Creative Economy Report 2013 Special Edition - Widening Local Development Pathways. The report, published by UNESCO and UNDP, strongly advocates the need to see the creative economy in humanistic terms – creativity as an embodied, lived quality informing a diverse range of industries and activities. (checked on 14 Mar. 2016)

  36. Resistance and rebuilding in the Amazon by Ashish Kothari. Indigenous Sapara people are resisting oil extractivism and building the case for protecting 30 million hectares of the Amazon. (checked on 17 Sep. 2019)

  37. Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People by Jim Robbins discribes how scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world and how it is helping them discover more about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires. (checked on 30 Apr. 2018)

  38. Text of 1985 Acceptance Speech by Rajni Kothari, for Right Livelihood Award​ to Lokayan (December 9th, 1985). (checked on 7 Mar. 2018)

  39. My Space – My unManifesto was a 7 month long youth-led program that viewed politics as a 5th Space – a space of exploration where youth could participate in the political process rather than just blaming the system and seeing it as a “dirty” space. Commutiny - The Youth Collective along with a coalition of over 45 civil society organizations came together to try and reconfigure the existing system through this program. (checked on 11 Jan. 2016)

  40. The one-garden revolution - by Shobha Menon, on the idea of intercultural gardens which is spreading across many countries in Europe. (checked on 30 Mar. 2016)

  41. A journey with the San - A piece by Jay Naidoo on his experience of the connection with nature practised by the ancient San people living in the Kalahari Desert, in Namibia.  (checked on 13 Oct. 2015)

  42. A School with a difference - The Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya is a residential school of music run by a family of French Canadians and caters to the musical and general education of underprivileged children. (checked on 2 Sep. 2016)

  43. Prithika Yashini, first transgender sub-inspector of India - the story of a transgender candidate recruited to the post of a Sub-Inspector of Police. (checked on 30 Nov. 2015)

  44. मनीपोतवाली औरतों का व्यवसाय : पुकार यूथ फेलोशिप के जरिये युवा लडकियोंने पाये हुए प्रशिक्षण के वर्णन के साथ साथ मनीपोतवाली औरतों के (याने अपनी मां के) व्यवसाय के बारे में उन्होंने किये हुए रिसर्च पर आधारित रिपोर्ट. Manipotvaali auratonka vyavasay is a report written in Hindi by a team of barefoot researchers trained by Pukar under their Youth Fellowship Programme. Their Community Based Participatory Action Research on the work of women selling strings of beads, tikaas, etc. in the streets (the barefoot researchers' mothers, in fact) is reflected in the report, in which their own training under the programme has also been described. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  45. In the piece Is there a way out? Announcing the new Radical Ecological Democracy website, Ashish Kothari and Pallav Das write about genuine alternatives to the destructive juggernaut of corporate and finance capital that are emerging as much from contemporary progressive resistance as from the wisdom of indigenous peoples’ and other traditional community world-views, and about the emergingh Radical Ecological Democracy paradigm. (checked on 1 Nov. 2017)

  46. Gandhian Practice and Social Movements in the Nordic Countries - authors Tord Bjork and Mark Ulvila write about the remarkable ways in which Gandhian Thought and Practice have influenced protest and social-reform in the Nordic countries. (checked on 3 Oct. 2019)
  47. Deconstruction and Genealogy of Latin American Good Living (Buen Vivir). The (Triune) Good Living and its Diverse Intellectual Wellsprings by Antonio Luis Hidalgo-Capitán and Ana Patricia Cubillo-Guevara. This paper identifies the different meanings of Latin American Good Living (buen vivir) and its diverse intellectual wellsprings, with a focus on the political economy of development. (checked on 6 Jun. 2018)

  48. Paradise lost? What happened to Ireland's model eco-village by . Harsh lessons have been learned since the financial crash but residents of the pioneering community remain upbeat. (checked on 20 Aug. 2018)

  49. Sustainable Development: A Critical Review. Lele, S. M. (1991).  World Development, 607-621. (checked on 1 Nov. 2017)

  50. Development against freedom and sustainability. Deb, D. (2006). Capitalism Nature Socialism, 49-70. (checked on 1 Nov. 2017)

  51. Beyond Developmentality: Constructing Inclusive Freedom and Sustainability (pp. 281-296). Deb, D. (2009). Delhi: Daanish Books. (checked on 1 Nov. 2017)

  52. Living with the big picture: a system approach to citizenship of a complex planet, by Blackmore, C., & Smyth, J. (2002). In N. Dower, & J. Williams (Eds.), Global Citizenship: A Critical Introduction (pp. 201-212). Edinburgh University Press. (checked on 1 Nov. 2017)

  53. Behind the Rise and Fall of Growing Power by Stephen Satterfield discusses what the non-profit set up by Will Allen (a black ex-athlete) to keep marginalised black youth out of trouble and to train them in productive farming activity contributed to society. (checked on 27 Aug. 2018)

  54. Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed - an article by Brazil-based  (checked on 20 Dec. 2015)

  55. VIIth International Conference, La Via Campesina: Euskal Herria Declaration (checked on 13 Apr. 2018)

  56. The socio-economic thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi: As an origin of alternative development, by Ishii, K. (2001). Review of Social Economy, LIX (3), 297-312. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  57. Gross National Happiness: by Prarthana Gupta.The concept of the Gross National Happiness Index is surely catching up, with many countries trying to adopt models such as the one in Bhutan, to measure development taking into account ecological as well as social factors. The idea of ‘happiness’ as a measure of development has its drawbacks, but takes into account what the people really want and what they are satisfied with. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  58. Asking, We Walk: The South As New Political Imaginary, the massive tomes (124 essays running to 2289 pages all together) published by Streelekha, Bangalore,has essays around the theme of this new understanding of the south where the alternatives of epistemic disobedience come from. The supposed gifts of modernity like democracy, development and progress are critiqued and challenged in these books as they look at the darker side of the Euro-centric Western civilisation that has colonised the world. (checked on 5 Aug. 2016)

  59. Time to leave GDP behind: Gross domestic product is a misleading measure of national success. Countries should act now to embrace new metrics, urge Robert Costanza and colleagues. (checked on 18 Apr. 2016)

  60. Beyond GDP: Measuring and achieving global genuine progress by Ida Kubiszewski, Robert Costanza, Carol Franco, Philip Lawn, John Talberth, Tim Jackson, and Camille Aylmer. While global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased more than three-fold since 1950, economic welfare, as estimated by the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), has actually decreased since 1978. Although GPI is not the perfect economic welfare indicator, it is perhaps a far better approximation than GDP. Development policies need to shift to better account for real welfare and not merely GDP growth, according to the authors. (checked on 18 Apr. 2016)

  61. Essays by Serge Latouche on Frugal Abundance, titled Degrowth: Misinterpretations and Controversies Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 published by Simplicity Institute. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  62. The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence by Esther Alloun and Samuel Alexander published by The Simplicity Institute. (checked on 5 Mar. 2016)

  63. Buen Vivir, Degrowth and Ecological Swaraj: Alternatives to sustainable development and the Green Economy by Ashish Kothari, Federico Demaria and Alberto Acosta discuss Buen Vivir from Latin America, Degrowth from Europe and Ecological Swaraj (or Radical Ecological Democracy) from India. The intention is to outline that there is politics beyond a unilinear future, unsustainable and unjust, consisting primarily of economic growth. (checked on 23 Dec. 2015)

  64. 21st century is the century of Women‘s Revolution! The statement presented by Besime Konca of the Kurdish Women’s Movement at “Defend the Sacred” Conference, 17th August 2019 at Tamera, Portugal. (checked on 2 Sept. 2019)

  65. It’s Time for a New Age of Enlightenment: why Climate Change needs 60,000 Artists to Tell its Story. Communicating the climate message to inform, but also engage and influence behaviour has proven intensely difficult. Over a decade of research on this issue has highlighted the need for communication to engage with people’s “deep frames” – beliefs formed over a lifetime, which are mostly subconscious. So the world must turn to its artists: storytellers, film-makers; musicians; painters and multi-media wizards, says author Elizabeth Boulton. (checked on 11 Jun. 2016)

  66. Radical movements and initiatives in Latin America – A source of learning for social movements in India by Abhay Shukla. A wide diversity of movements have arisen in Latin America in the last one and half decades, which have seriously challenged neo-liberal policies. This article discusses certain specific movements and initiatives in four countries: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Venezuela. Each of these has significant lessons for progressive movements in India. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  67. Sustainability Framework for India is aimed at policy-level discussions, as well as an aid to civil society to push for necessary changes to take Indian economy, society and polity towards the goal of human well-being with ecological sustainability as one fulcrum. A possible post-2015 framework of implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, that combines sustainability and human well-being, that could be applied globally, including its key principles, is attempted at here (First Published in Economic & Political Weekly, July 27, 2012) (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  68. In Gandhi's Footsteps, Rainer Horig, The Other India Press, Goa, 1998. On social and environmental movements across several sectors and parts of India, with a Gandhian flavour. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  69. The ‘Thrissur Declaration on Alternatives’ highlighted that the support, participation and involvement of mass organisations are a pre-requisite and essential component for scaling up and diffusing alternative technologies and organisational forms for social transformation. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  70. Gardens of Growth is an annotated "list" of all the produce and value added products that Vanastree (Malnad, Karnataka) members and local craftspersons have grown or created from 2003 to 2015. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  71. Italian Neighbors Build a Social Network, First Online, Then Off - residents of Via Fondazza (street), Bologna (Italy), say that walking along the street does not feel like strolling in a big city neighborhood anymore. Rather, it is more like exploring a small town, where everyone knows one another. There are 393 social streets in Europe, Brazil and New Zealand, inspired by this idea. (checked on 27 Aug. 2015)

  72. Community kitchen eases dinner worries - Relieved of cooking, Bohra Women in Aurangabad focus on careers. (checked on 7 Jul. 2015)

  73. Marathi title 'Anna he Purnabrahma' by Shahu Patole covers the cuisine of backward castes of Maharashtra state. His article 'Majhyaa Khaadyasanskruticha Shodh', on this book was published by Lokmat. शाहू पाटोळे यांचे 'अन्न हे  पूर्णब्रह्म' म्हणजे महाराष्ट्रातील उपेक्षितांच्या खाद्यसंस्कृतीचा धांडोळा. या पुस्तकाविषयी 'लोकमत'मध्ये प्रकाशित झालेला पुस्तक लेखकाचाच लेख: 'माझ्या खाद्यसंस्कृतीचा शोध'. (checked on 26 Aug. 2015)

  74. Bologna Celebrates One Year of a Bold Experiment in Urban Commoning - the story of the Bologna Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of the Urban Commons, a history-making institutional innovation that enables Bologna (Italy) to operate as a collaborative commons. Author Neal Gorenflo. (checked on 22 Nov. 2015)

  75. Resilience and Community Action by Tom Henfrey and Naresh Giangrande (chpt. 3.2 of Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation: People, Place, Practice, Power, Politics and Possibility in Transition). (checked on 2 Feb. 2018)

  76. Missing Shulamith and The Dialectic of #MeToo by Martha Sonnenberg predicts that the current wave of feminism, of which #MeToo may be the vanguard, will herald a transformative process, a process that would be both revolutionary and healing. (checked on 19 Feb. 2018)

  77. Kurdish women's movement makes a historic call to women across The World - The Region: For women's lives/l Get Out Transnational Corporations! (checked on 12 Mar. 2018)

  78. The Study of All Existence: Big History, Universal Studies and the Global Conjuncture by Barry H. Rodrigue. What meaning can we derive from the vast panorama of the universe, life on Earth, human progress, and our current global challenges? (checked on 15 Mar. 2018)

  79. Travel is No Cure for the Mind (an adaptation of Seneca’s letter to Lucilius on the subject of travel). (checked on 17 Sep. 2018)

  80. The EU needs a stability and wellbeing pact, not more growth - 238 academics call on the European Union and its member states to plan for a post-growth future in which human and ecological wellbeing is prioritised over GDP (checked on 17 Sep. 2018)

  81. The Emerging Idea of “Radical Well-Being” (part of RED Conversations Series) - interview of Ashish Kothari by Paul Robbins,  based on Paul Robbins’ reading of Ashish Kothari’s article “Radical Well-Being: Alternatives to Development” (forthcoming in Research Handbook of Law, Environment and Poverty, Philippe Cullet and Sujith Koonan (eds), Edward Elgar), and in response to the latter’s keynote presentation on ‘Eco-swaraj: Radical Ecological Democracy – Alternatives to Unsustainability and Inequity’ at the 2nd Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) held in Oslo, June 2018. (checked on 3 Oct. 2018)

  82. Gavari: The Unwritten Epic of a Mewari Tribe : Ambav or Gauri is a symbol of energy and female power for which she is worshiped by Bhil tribe of Mewar in a forty-day ritual called Gavari. The timeless, spiritually-motivated, and electrifying dance-drama is a crucial part of the rich Mewari tribe tradition. Their performance—a synchronized amalgam of ritual, dance, music, myths, folklore, and theatrical plays—can be a truly mesmerizing cultural experience. (checked on 12 Mar. 2019)

  83. Stopping the Machines of socio-ecological destruction and building alternative worlds by Global Working Group Beyond Development calls for multidimensional responses to a multidimensional crisis. Social transformation should address simultaneously the complex relations between class, race, coloniality, gender, and Nature, as it is precisely their historical entanglements and interdependencies that configure the civilizational bases of the system we face. (checked on 13 Mar. 2019)

  84. Embodiment Activism: What is it? & Why Does it Matter? This is an act of sharing one’s way of listening in to the body and listening out, to the earth and each other, that support others to do the same.  An embodiment activist recognizes the intelligence of the body and works to make it accessible.​ (checked on 23 Oct. 2018)

  85. A bunch of of essays exploring the growing recognition of the critical dialogue and relationship between Marxism and spirituality: (checked on 15 Mar. 2018)

    1. The Falsification of Marx's Concepts (Erich Fromm) https://www.marxists.org/archive/fromm/works/1961/man/ch01.htm
    2. Revolutionizing Spirituality: Reflections on Marxism and Religion (JSTOR Article) https://www.jstor.org/stable/40403838?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
    3. Marxist Class-Cultural Spirituality in Theory and Practice http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1005&context=soc_articles
    4. The Spiritual Crisis of Capitalism http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/15900/the-spiritual-crisis-of-capitalism
    5. Similarities between Marxism and Christianity http://antispirituality.net/marxism-religion
    6. Materiality and Spiritually in Marx, Darwin and Malthus http://timjackson.org.uk/1006-2/
    7. Radical Propositions on Marxism and the Tao of History http://www.greeneconomics.net/Principles%20of%20Marxist%20Taoism4f.htm

Newsletters:

  1. People in Conservation - issue on Alternatives of newsletter published by Kalpavriksh. (checked on 16 Aug. 2018)

  2. Gender & Development issue on Natural Resource Justice 

  3. People in Conservation - A newsletter on Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Security published by Kalpavriksh (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  4. Eternal Bhoomi features positive initiatives and stories of activists, philosophers, farmers, teachers, artists and others about living with conciousness of being earth citizens, also great perspectives and articles by renowned writers and thinkers from around the world. (checked on 29 Feb. 2016)


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