Issue 8


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It’s time to ditch the program and get with the process – the process of people-powered change.

We all want a more sustainable and just future but we’re not all on the same page about how to get there. One thing we can agree on, though, is that the media has a responsibility to uphold democratic values and act as a watchdog, holding the powers that be to account. We go a step further in this issue of SHIFT, examining the nature of political power, the processes of change, and how we the people can engage in co-creating the future we deserve.

In this issue of SHIFT we catch up with Beyond Green’s Ben Pennings for the scoop on the up-and-coming initiative’s platform for grassroots democracy; Sean Crawley critiques the burgeoning urge to dissociate from politics and not vote; and new SHIFT recruit Harry Oshman grapples with the unpredictable and messy nature of the evolving processes of social change. We also shine a spotlight on some of the most inspiring grassroots movements that are taking on the system, and serve up the last in our series of three sneak-previews of Carolyn Baker’s new book, Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse.

SHIFT is a labour of love put together by a dedicated team of cultural creatives passionate about sustainability. Innovating around the constraints of a shoestring budget, our all-volunteer team seizes upon every available moment to investigate, interview, analyse, vision, scribble, edit, and design our way to a shift in the direction of public discourse. This eighth issue of ad-free insight, analysis, and inspiration to practical action is our latest contribution to the conversation.

Gossip-free and devoid of commercial clutter, SHIFT provides a platform for a movement that is uncompromised by revenues and remits, cutting straight to the chase on subjects of social significance. SHIFT is made possible by generous supporters who help us push the envelope on change and make space for the conversations that matter. Thank you for taking part in the much-needed shift.

Without further ado, go grab a large mug of your favourite beverage, put your feet up, and settle in to enjoy the fruits of our labour of love…

In solidarity,

 The SHIFT team