Olympia for All

New Compass contributor Marco Rossaire Rossi is one of three candidates running for local council in Olympia, Washington (USA) on a platform for a more just, inclusive, ecological and participatory city. Read their full platform here.

Football As A Commons

Football has been turned from a commons shared by everybody who loves and practices it, to big business put in service of profit. In this article, Yavor Tarinski describes alternative practices in which the sport has been run by players and fans through direct democratic self-management.

The Return of Capitalism's Contradictions

20th century social ecology rested on a belief that capitalism had tamed its dangerous contradictions. But the 2008 crash and subsequent turbulence shows their resurgence. To move forward, we need to adapt to a changed social and economic landscape.

Sitting with the Public

- We refused to swear allegiance to King and Constitution, swearing it to the people of Lousame instead, says Iolanda Mato Creo, councilor of the Partido da Terra in Lousame (Spain). The libertarian municipalist party doesn't sit with the other representatives, but on the benches of the public instead.
protest stand in Istanbul

Resistance Against Istanbul's Megaprojects

In 2013, popular resistance succeeded in stopping the demolition of Gezi Park, one of the last public green spaces in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. Yet urban transformation and development projects have continued throughout the city at a dizzying pace.

The strange comfort of symptoms

In mental health, as in other areas of life, we are trapped by pseudo-explanations that try to alleviate symptoms rather than deal with the true origins of the problems that surround us. We should not shy away from a subversive and overly political approach to symptoms of mental distress.

Direct Democracy: Beyond Hierarchy

Through citizen activity, political consciousness can be created and show that direct democracy is a tool for finding and solving problems here and now. This article presents a proposal of direct democracy as a project that goes beyond hierarchy, representation and exploitation.

Social Ecology Gathering in Greece

Are you working on something you wish to present to other fellow social ecologists? For the last two years, the Transnational Institute for Social Ecology has been holding gatherings in Greece. They are now calling for papers for their third conference. The deadline is June 15.

Towards A New Municipal Agenda in Spain?

A new film documents how Spain's new municipalist candidacies won the elections: through their roots in prominent local struggles and willingness to spearhead radical democratic participation. Their program and praxis chime with Bookchin's libertarian municipalism.
what does community mean to you

Communalism: A Liberatory Alternative

The ideas of social ecology, along with the history of the concepts it attempts to grapple with, can be daunting for a reader unfamiliar with the history of radicalism. Luckily, an ambitious pamphlet has recently been published for people newly curious about this body of ideas.
Adam Krause made a collage about the Civil War in American memory

The Secret History of Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day set aside to remember the many who have died serving in the U.S. Military’s many wars. It may seem like a harmless U.S. holiday, but it is intimately tied to that nation’s history of racism. Let us have a closer look at its historical background.

The Crisis of Democracy in the UK

With government so close to business interests, representative democracy in the UK is losing its legitimacy and ability to explain the world. New Compass spoke a group that organised assemblies across Britain in the run-up to May’s General Election in an attempt to transcend party politics.
Suburban street from the US showing car dependence

Suburbia as an Ecological Challenge

Far too many Americans are dependent on the car, writes Janet Biehl in her contribution to Social Ecology and Social Change. Since the autodependent surburban infrastructure was conciously built, however, it can be conciously unbuilt and replaced by dense, walkable, and humanly scaled cities.
The protest movement demand justice for the 43 students

The 43 Students Demand Change

Between April 17 and May 19, 2015, a delegation from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, visits European cities. Their aim is to raise consciousness about the ongoing struggles in Mexico, and to demand the return of the 43 students that were abducted in September last year.
Norman Rockwell on New England town meeting

Citizens’ Assemblies: From New England to Rojava

Janet Biehl compares the centuries old town meetings of New England and the brand new communes and confederations of Rojava. Both are face-to-face democratic assemblies that take place at the most local level. However, they also differ in important aspects.