This is a list of useful resources split up under various categories. Whenever I come across new and inspiring resources I add them to this list. If you have a link recommendation please send it to me via the form at the bottom of this page.
Big Data – the manipulation of which is playing out as the biggest threat to democracy and individual freedom. Here are 3 articles explaining the phenomenon:
1. The Data That Turned the World Upside Down.
2. US billionaire helped back Brexit using sinister techniques Facebook data.
3. The big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media.
Bullshit Jobs: “So many people spend their working lives doing jobs they think are unnecessary” – David Graeber
Comedian Sara Pascoe on vegetarianism.
Debt and what the government doesn’t want you to know. (That the less the government is in debt, the more the rest of us are.)
Historical studies show, contrary to popular belief, that non-violent resistance is twice as likely to be successful than violent resistance. (And a nice article, citing this one, on civil resistance in the Guardian).
Propaganda and Democracy – “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state”
The benefit of open source
Eat Pray Cook – Health food blogger & trainee nutritionist. Yummy, clean & nutritious food inspiration.
Living with Warmth – Promotes workshops for adults and children on environmental and social justice themes. It also has a comprehensive map of fairtrade towns in the UK.
Moral Fibres – Covering all aspects of sustainable living.
Peridot Place – Inspiring people to live more consciously and help create their own stylish and comfortable homes with products that are design led and support a fair society, a healthy lifestyle and are made in harmony with nature.
The Conscious Fashionista – Carolina focuses on women’s ethical clothing and her blog includes educational videos.
The Curious Button – A Conscious lifestyle blog by Elena.
Ethical Style Hunter – An ethical fashion blog by Liv & Tess.
Fashioning Culture – Features on ethical, sustainable, fair-trade, slave & child labor free fashion, home, & lifestyle.
Little Lotus Blog – An ethical fashion and lifestyle blog by Little Lotus Boutique. Covering predominantly fashion but also a bit of ethical living, travel and beauty.
My Make Do and Mend Life – Jen started when she spent a year buying nothing new. Her blog is now an all round sustainable living, conscious consumption, re-use and repair resource.
Paperless Weddings Blog – Emma does a post a month that focuses on ethical wedding suppliers.
Stylewise – Leah Wise’s ethical fashion and lifestyle blog with a focus on fair trade and sustainable goods.
The Quirky Queer – Izzy’s ethical fashion, travel and general life blog.
Tolly Dolly Posh – Tolly is a young fashion blogger and aspiring ethical fashion designer whose blog has become a hub for all things ethical fashion.
17 Contradictions – and the End of Capitalism – David Harvey
23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism – Turning received economic wisdom on its head to show how the world really works – Ha-Joon Chang
100 Acts of Minor Dissent – Mark Thomas
Captive State – The Corporate Takeover of Britain – George Monbiot
Fences and Windows – Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate – Naomi Klein.
Feral – Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life – George Monbiot
Honourable Friends? – Parliament and the Fight for Change – Caroline Lucas.
How to be Free – A manifesto for a liberated life – Tom Hodgkinson.
No Logo – Naomi Klein.
No Man’s Land – An Investigative Journey Through Kenya and Tanzania – George Monbiot
Revolution – Russell Brand
The Extreme Centre – A Warning – by Tariq Ali.
The Shock Doctrine – The Rise of Disaster Capitalism – Naomi Klein.
The Village Against the World – A small village has been the centre of a tireless struggle to create a living utopia for the last thirty-five years – Dan Hancox.
This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs. the Climate – Naomi Klein.
350.org – Inspiring the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis, 350’s online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries.
38 Degrees – Bringing you together with other people to take action on the issues that matter to you and bring about real change.
Avaaz – Avaaz is a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.
Change.org – Empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see.
SumOfUs – A movement of consumers, investors and workers counterbalancing the power of large corporations to forge a just, sustainable path for the global economy.
News Roast – Award winning satirists Heydon Prowse & Jolyon Rubinstein roast topics in three courses of conversation with a special guest each week.
Under The Skin – Russell Brand and his guests from the world of academia, popular culture and the arts ask: what’s beneath the surface – of people we admire, of the ideas that define our time, of the history we are told?
Promises, Promises: A History of Debt – A great educational series on the history of debt going back 5000 years to show how it shapes society.
Ethical Consumer – Driving sustainable businesses via consumer pressure. Ethical consumerism is about more than life-style choices – it is also about challenging corporate power and improving government regulation. It’s about being an activist at the checkout but also in the home, the work place and the community.
Ethical Marketing News – Deals with ethical marketing in all its forms from the technical side of it to news stories about ethical companies & products.
Positive News – Promotes journalism that raises awareness of solutions to social and environmental challenges and celebrates humanity’s achievements and potential.
The Conversation – a place for intelligent discussion. An independent news and commentary website produced by academics and journalists. Contributors are subject to an Editorial Charter with an emphasis on transparency in an effort to rebuild trust in journalism. Free to read and republish.
Chatham House report on the effect of Livestock on Climate Change.
Why you don’t need dairy (pdf)