World Institute Partner Organizations

World Institute for Social Change is a many partner project. Below partners are list, newest at the top, with a brief description of each and a link to their home site. Please visit!

BGST is a culture and arts organization based in Istanbul, Turkey, founded in 1994 by a group of university graduates aiming at furthering their interests in avant-garde drama, dance, music and publishing. It encourages research and education, as well as production in the realm of performance arts and social science. Its membership, funding, profit sharing, governance and conflict resolution mechanisms seek delivering the values of self-management, equity, solidarity and diversity. BGST has created and runs the multicultural musical project "Songs of Fraternity” and has recently produced the political drama "Encounters”, both reflecting on the social and political divides that define contemporary Turkey. Most recent publications include titles from Noam Chomsky, Marshall Sahlins, Robin Hahnel, Joan Scott and Bertrand Russell, and several books highlighting the Armenian influence and legacy in the tradition of drama in Turkey.

Centre For Civil Society - South Africa

Founded in 2001, the Centre for Civil Society just completed its tenth year under Patrick Bond's directorship. Notwithstanding a much smaller staff and budget than 2004's, CCS remains productive in our major thematic work areas: political economy, political ecology and social mobilisations. Studying and advising civil society from local to global scales, our team contributed 100+ academic, popular and professional publications in 2014, while advocacy and activistsupport included more than 100 public events. Three doctoral students submitted theses and the PhD programme grew to 19 candidates, alongside five masters theses, three post-doctoral projects, and work by a dozen Visiting Scholars. Five honorary UKZN international faculty were designated for affiliation to CCS in 2015. Above all, civil society maintained robust campaigns for economic, social and environmental justice, thus fuelling our research. 

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Center for Anthropology and Social Change (CASC) - U.S.

The Anthropology and Social Change is unique among graduate programs in the United States due to its focus on activist anthropology. We believe that anthropologists should analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; that they should research alternative institutions; that they need to collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of other possible worlds. This collective effort of understanding "real utopias" takes the form of analytic and ethnographic study of existing alternatives in the present. The role of the new social movements, we are reminded, is not to conquer the world, but to make it anew. What, then, is the role and responsibility of anthropology and other social sciences? In a world riddled with so many crises, few things appear to be more relevant than systematic research of counter-hegemonic knowledge and practices. Social scientists should leave pessimism for better times. 

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Chicago Veterans for Peace

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.

Green Party

Green Party of the United States (GPUS), an independent political party that is connected to American social movements, and is part of a global Green movement that shares key values, including our Four Pillars: Peace and Non-Violence, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, and Social Justice, and our Ten Key Values.

Grit TV

GRITtv is the online home of journalist and author Laura Flanders. After years as a media critic, radio host and TV commentator, Flanders founded GRITtv with Free Speech TV in 2008, to give “meaningful attention to the world’s most important marginalized experts.”  On The Laura Flanders Show she interviews forward thinking people from the world of politics, business, culture and social movements.  In her weekly commentary, The "F" Word, Flanders tells you what she thinks.

Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests. We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

Politics as an independent socialist journal for dialogue and debate on the left. It is committed to the advancement of the peace and anti-intervention movements. It stands in opposition to all forms of imperialism, and is uncompromising in its defense of feminism and affirmative action. In our pages there is broad coverage of labor and social movements, the international scene, as well as emphasis on cultural and intellectual history.

Above all, New Politics insists on the centrality of democracy to socialism and on the need to rely on mass movements from below for progressive social transformation.

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)

OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people. In addition, we provide direct-action advocacy for individuals against welfare and ODSP, public housing and others who deny poor people what they are entitled to. We believe in the power of people to organize themselves. We believe in the power of resistance.

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PM Press was founded in 2007 by a collection of folks with decades of publishing, media, and organizing experience. PM has published hundreds of books, pamphlets, CDs, and DVDs. Members of PM have founded book fairs, spearheaded victorious tenant campaigns, and worked with bookstores, academic conferences, and even rock bands to deliver challenging ideas to all walks of life. We're old enough to know what we're doing and young enough to know what's at stake. We create radical fiction and nonfiction books, pamphlets, T-shirts, visual and audio materials to entertain, educate, and inspire. We distribute through every available channel with every available technology, whether you see anarchist classics at our bookfair stalls; read our latest vegan cookbook at the café; download geeky fiction e-books; or dig new music and timely videos from our website.

Rabble - Canada was built on the efforts ofprogressive journalists, writers, artists and activists across the country. We launched rabble on April 18, 2001, just before the protests against the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, and leapt onto the Net with the kind of coverage you could only get from the point of view of the rabble. Our Mission? " will draw on the real energy and power of the Internet - passionate, engaged human beings. Blurring the line between readers and contributors, it will provide a needed space for issues, a place to explore political passions and an opportunity  to expand ideas.

Real Media (RM) - UK

Real Media is a cooperative of journalists dedicated to public interest journalism and challenging mass media distortion.  We believe the large media organizations, as they currently exist, are set up to serve the interests of a small establishment - their owners, their advertizers, and the government that they get most of their information from.

Real News Network (RNN) - U.S.
The Real News Network (TRNN) is a non-profit, view-supported daily video-news and documentary service. We don't accept advertising, and do we don't accept government or corporate funding. TRNN is sustained by view donations and earned revenue. Since 2007, we have produced more than 7,000 stories that have been viewed more than 100 million times. The next phase of development is the move to television. We will compete with cable news for an audience in the million

ROAR Magazine, or Reflections on a Revolution, is an online journal of the radical imagination providing grassroots perspectives from the front-lines of the global struggle for real democracy. ROAR was founded in 2010 by writer, activist and filmmaker Jérôme Roos as an independent media project that seeks to contribute to the ongoing wave of global uprisings by freely sharing information and breathing inspiration into the Creative Commons. ROAR is edited by a transnational collective of citizen journalists, scholar-activists and independent filmmakers based in Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berkeley, Florence, Istanbul and Quito. Our contributions come from volunteers around the world.

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Originally owned by the Coalition of the Left party (Synaspismos), which has since evolved into SYRIZA,  Sto Kokkino is a dynamic radio of the left, rather than a radio of SYRIZA. Sto Kokkino transmits on the free Greek airwaves and hosts the views of citizens on the right, left, center, and anarchists. The door is tightly shut only for fascists and their opinions. What interests us are news stories that cry out so loudly that those who don't listen are either bad professionals or corrupt. What distinguishes us from other media is that here people can speak without weighing political cost, without exclusions. Today, Sto Kokkino broadcasts throughout Greece, on eight cooperative stations (in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra, Kavala, Rhodes, Lamia, Kalamata, and Heraklion, Crete) and another 20 radio stations in various cities around Greece, so the coverage is now nationwide. Our objective is to offer domestic news and information, interviews and analysis so that people abroad can understand what is happening in Greece, without the filter of mainstream domestic and foreign media. The international edition is an attempt to provide programming to other radio stations today, and television stations tomorrow.

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Utopie Magazin

Utopie Magazin is a transdisciplinary magazine towards social change, seeking to place utopian thinking in the day's agenda. Based in Berlin, one of is main features is its international input, with authors and collaborators from South European countries, South America and the US. Utopie publishes articles covering political philosophy, economic theory, history, cultural studies, media, law, art and literature, beyond utopias under construction, projects of radical social transformation and anti-systemic social and political movements. In addition to the magazine, the non-profit cultural association edition silvestre is currently developing other projects: the opening of an internationalist bookstore and the creation of a multicultural center for a free culture.

World Without War - U.S.

World Beyond War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace. We aim to create awareness of popular support for ending war and to further develop that support. We work to advance the idea of not just preventing any particular war but abolishing the entire institution. We strive to replace a culture of war with one of peace in which nonviolent means of conflict resolution take the place of bloodshed.

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Z Communications (ZCom) - US 

ZCom includes mainly Z Magazine, ZNet, and ZVideo and is committed to providing information, vision, strategy by diverse means, all in pursuit of social change. It prioritizes economy, polity, kinship, culture/community, ecology, and international relations. 

ZCom has pursued diverse "school" projects including the Z Media Institute and an earlier online school project called Z Education Online and is proud and happy to be the founding partner of the World Institute for Social Change. 

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