Category Archives: utopianism

Is the Ethiopian Village of Awra Amba Really a Utopia?

My Ethiopian guide had mentioned a possible visit to the village of Awra Amba.  I had never heard of the place, so I looked it up on the Internet.  When I learned that it was a “utopian” community in northern … Continue reading

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Proposal for International Zones

by Jason C. Stone, commenting on ieet.org I hope there will someday be an “International Social Contract” (ISC), based on Enlightenment principles, that allows people who enter into it to live in host countries around the world in a way … Continue reading

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Imagine a Borderless World

I’ve always loved John Lennon’s song Imagine.  What can I say, I’m a product of the 60s: Imagine there’s no countries/It isn’t hard to do/Nothing to kill or die for/And no religion too/Imagine all the people/Living life in peace . . … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: Is it Really Leaderless?

Van Jones is a past radical who joined the Obama adminstration for a short period of time early in the President’s administration.  According to Time magazine: . . . Van Jones (is) a Tennessee-born activist who just two years earlier had … Continue reading

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Are Leaderless Organizations Practical?

Jeffrey Neilsen, in an op-ed piece in the SLTrib (26 Oct 2011), describes some recent examples of leaderless communities: the Arab Spring in the Middle East, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and even the Tea Party While I find these … Continue reading

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Creating Leaderless Organizations

According to an op-ed piece by Jeffrey Nielsen in SLTrib (26 Oct 2011), leaderless communities have a future: Leadership by its very definition sets up relationships of unequal power.  You can’t have a leader without a follower, and the inevitable … Continue reading

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The Mondragon Cooperatives, Basque Country, Spain

I’m interested in alternative economic systems.  I drive through Orderville, Utah, several times a year, and as I do, I’m reminded of the Mormon’s United Order.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time studying Clarion–the Jewish agricultural colony that existed briefly in central Utah.  … Continue reading

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