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A magazine that promotes the inspiring community-led response to the financial crisis, climate change and other contemporary challenges

STIR - www.stirtoaction.com - is an online magazine that promotes the most inspiring and innovative community-led responses to the financial crisis, climate change and other contemporary challenges.

It features communities creating their own local currencies, raising community-shares to build solar power stations, establishing grassroots media initiatives, transforming derelict land into community food gardens, finding ways to manage resources collectively, and sharing their stories and ideas in a global network.

What’s the book about?

The book will feature a selection of the most inspiring and transformative stories we have gathered since starting the magazine.  The book will be FREE and distributed to the campaigners and activists who are working towards social change.

Simon Critchley (Philosopher) With the publication of his new book The Faith of the Faithless, I talked to him about why a counterfactual faith is so important to modern politics, why it offers an "archive of possibilities" to those involved in political campaigning, and how the Occupy movement has changed the conversation and our expectations of ourselves.

David Boyle (New Economics Foundation) talks about the disconnect between money and wealth, how we’re stuck with the oldest fantasy about how money works, and shows that local currencies can capture the real wealth of communities that cannot be expressed by the single currencies we use.

Raj Patel (author of Stuffed and Starved) discusses why we should be worried about the new extremes the food industry has gone to and the global food riots connected to the financial speculation of food as commodities, but shows that international social movements are already responding with increasing resilience and creativity to these assaults.

Marianne Maeckelbergh (author of The Will of Many) looks back at the first year of Occupy, excited by the widespread use of consensus process, whilst also analysing the practical problems associated with the rise in popularity of democratic decision-making.

Nina Power (activist, Defend the Right to Protest) examines the success and failures of a decade of protest in Britain’s capital city, looking at demonstrations against the Iraq War, the Occupy camp at St Paul’s, the day of rage during the G20 summit and the recent student uprisings against tuition fee rises.

David Bollier (author of This Land is our Land)  questions why privatisation is aggressively promoted as the only feasible way to manage our resources, to generate medical research, and to achieve human progress. As an alternative he presents the commons as a viable economic paradigm that focuses on stewardship, community benefit and sustainability.

The book will also feature pieces by Simon Critchley (author of Infinitely Demanding), George McKay (author of Radical Gardening), Glyn Moody (author of Rebel Code), Brian Van Slyke (Founder of Toolbox for education and social action), Bethan Graham & Guppi Bola (food justice activists), Derek Wall (No-Nonsense Guide to Green Politics), Megan Saunders (The Real Food Store).

What will the money (funds) do?

It will pay for a print run of the book through Calverts — a print co-operative based in London. It will enable us to commission artists to illustrate the articles and interviews in the book, and also reward future contributors. 

You contributing at the $25 level or more will allow us to make the book freely available, and get it into the hands of the campaigners, transitioners, occupiers, and general movers and shakers who want to change their communities for the better.

What if we hit the $15,000 target?

Keep giving! The more funds we raise the more books we publish and distribute, and the bigger impact we can make in spreading these practical ideas. It will also be a great help in supporting the launch of the book, expand the magazine and run workshops.

Don't forget about the amazing rewards we have to say thanks for backing our project...

STIR t-shirt designed by illustrator Edd Baldry

See a succsessful urban farming cooperative in action with a visit to OrganicLea in London

Weekend exploring Transition Totnes, Riverford Organic Farm and Dartington village staying at Appalachian Spring B&B

A STIR tote bag designed by JustSeeds artist Santiago Armengod  (artwork example, not tote design)

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