Global Activist Think-Tanks, Foundations and Media

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[This is the second part of the list I’ve researched relating to global grassroots movements, radical organizations, think tanks, foundations and media. ‘Another world’ might already be there but has as yet not become self-conscious of itself as a possible system-transforming power. This list is part of a conversation about how to get these movements and organizations to come into dialogue, find common ground (perhaps around saving civilization from climate chaos), develop a more coherent common narrative about a desirable future, a good society, a global democracy of people power, and how to get there…Suggestions for further inclusion welcome.]

Global Activist Think Tanks and Foundations [28]

Adbusters (global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age, Canada)

Beautiful Solutions (website connected to Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything, ‘gathers the most promising and contagious strategies for building a more just, democratic, and resilient world’)

Great Transition Initiative (Tellus Institute in Boston, its network ‘continues to expand and diversify as a forum for engaged thinkers and thinking activists to advance together toward a vision and praxis for a decent planetary civilization’; working towards a ‘massive and coherent’ Global Citizens Movement for essential systemic change)

Social Justice and Democratization Space (International Sociological Association at University Complutense, Madrid, Spain, aiming ‘to build a global community who can access and share resources through an open participatory approach to research, policy, pedagogy and practices on social justice and democratization’)

European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies (Austria: explicitly understands its cultural activity of ‘art, theory and politics’ as ‘a form of commitment whose context is a transnational struggle against neo-liberal hegemony’, a linkage to ‘the concrete activism of a leftist “counter-globalization” movement’)

P2P Foundation: The Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives (US site linked to Post-Carbon Institute: both information clearinghouse and network of action-oriented groups: focus on building community resilience in a world of multiple emerging challenges: the decline of cheap energy, the depletion of critical resources like water, complex environmental crises like climate change and biodiversity loss, and the social and economic issues linked to these)

May First/Peoples Link (US organization that ‘redefines the concept of “Internet Hosting Service” in a collective, progressive and collaborative way’; ‘growing networks to build a just world’)

Babels (international network of volunteer interpreters and translators whose main objective is to cover the interpreting needs of the World Social Forums)

Association for Progressive Communications (mission: to empower and support organisations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies to build strategic communities and initiatives for the purpose of making meaningful contributions to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability; both network and organisation: 50 members in 35 countries in 2010, the majority from developing countries)

Open Source Ecology (developing open source industrial machines & sharing designs online) (international worker self-management site)

Association Autogestion (France, worker self-management site)

CrimethInc (US libertarian org)

Ruckus Society (US, non-violent skills training)

Waging Non-Violence (US, news and non-violence advocacy)

Institute for Social Ecology (US)

International Forum on Globalization (educational think-tank, US)

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (leftist foundation and think-tank, Germany)

Focus on the Global South (leftist think-tank, Thailand)

Transnational Institute (US, radical informed analysis on critical global issues, builds alliances with social movements, develops proposals for a more sustainable, just and democratic world; established 1974 as international network of activist researchers (“scholar activists”) committed to critical analyses of global problems, aiming to provide intellectual support to movements struggling for a more democratic, equitable and environmentally sustainable world)

International Forum on Globalization (North-South research and educational institution composed of leading activists, economists, scholars, and researchers providing analysis and critiques on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of economic globalization)

Centre d’études et d’initiatives de solidarité internationale (France, involved in the International Solidarity campaign against the various evil effects of neoliberal globalization, a European alliance of civil society groups)

Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos (Mexico, integrado por cerca de 130 miembros, de alta reputación moral, nombrados por el Consejo de la Fundación Internacional Lelio Basso y la Liberación de los Pueblo; ha respaldado y acompañado las luchas de los pueblos contra las violaciones a sus derechos fundamentales, contra la negación de su derecho a la autodeterminación, contra las invasiones extranjeras, las nuevas dictaduras, las esclavitudes económicas y la destrucción del medio ambiente)

Ubinig (Bangla Desh, action research and support group for social movements)

India Resource Center (works to support movements against corporate globalization in India)

South Asia Citizens Web (‘linking dissent in South Asia and beyond since 1996’)

Simplicity Institute (non-profit education and research for the Simplicity Movement, Australia)

[Avaaz (global clicktivist site claiming 30 million members in 194 countries)?
[Sum of Us (global clicktivist site claiming five and a half million members)?

Radical Media [33]


Linksnet (online site of all left media, Germany)

Graswurzelrevolution (German direct action, anarcho-pacifist magazine since 1972)

Contraste (German magazine for self-organisation)

Roar Magazine (US: media collective seeking to contribute to the ongoing wave of global uprisings by freely sharing information and breathing inspiration into the CreativeCommons) (US)

Zcomm (US)

Common Dreams (US)

Democracy Now (US)

Truthout (US, a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis to spur ‘the revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity’)

Rabble (Canada, ‘blurring the line between readers and contributors, provides a needed space for issues, a place to explore political passions and an opportunity to expand ideas’)

Open Democracy

Samar (‘South Asian magazine for action and reflection’)

India Together (independent critical journal)

The Electronic Intifada (Palestine-Israel)

Mosireen (Egypt, a collective space dedicated to supporting citizen media of all kinds) (video production ensemble which aims to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos)

Global Uprisings (independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism)

Reel News (UK, activist video collective)

Kaosenlared (Spain)

Madrilonia (Spain)

Rebelion (Spain)

Desinformemonos (Spain)

Reports from the Edge of Borderline Democracy (journalists based in Athens, Greece)

Everywhere Taksim (Turkey, ongoing solidarity and news about Turkey)

Sendika (Turkey)

Bianet (Turkey)

Diha (critical Turkish online newspaper in English)

Bosnia-Herzegovina Protest Files (News and documents about protests in B-H)

Que Se Lixe a Troika! (Portugal)

Abitare nella crisi (Italy)

Infoaut (Italy)

World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC: international non-governmental organization serving the community radio movement, with almost 4 000 members and associates in 130 countries; goal is to support and contribute to the development of community and participatory radio along the principles of solidarity and international cooperation)

~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on February 13, 2015.

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