“And Theory? How are we to proceed without Theory? What System of Thought have these Reformers to present to this mad swirling planetary disorganization, to the Inevident Welter of fact, event, phenomenon, calamity? Do they have, as we did, a beautiful Theory, as bold, as Grand, as comprehensive a construct…? You cannot imagine, when we first read the Classic Texts, when in the dark vexed night of our ignorance and terror, the seed-words sprouted and shoved incomprehension aside, when the incredible bloody vegetable struggle up and through into Red Blooming gave us Praxis, True Praxis, True Theory married to Actual Life…. You who live in this Sour Little Age cannot imagine the grandeur of the prospect we gazed upon: like standing atop the highest peak in the mighty Caucasus, and viewing in one all-knowing glance the mountainous, granite order of creation. You cannot imagine it. I weep for you.”
Given our assessment that Bollier and Conaty’s assessment has accurately
described the case for a while, a number of us have been meeting recently
to explore ‘the co-existing mutual influence of material and social-spiritual
factors’ in search of a method in theory and praxis for ‘the full social
realization of our collective being’.
The particular focus of our conversations has been to examine critically and
creatively examine and develop ideas that we call the desire for mutual
recognition and social-spiritual activism as a means to overcoming
alienation and ‘fear of the other’ in the context of the failure of social
change theories and movements based in political economy, feminism,
multi-cultural, identity politics, eco-sustainability to create lasting social
We organized at WISR an irregular informal Social Spiritual Activism Salon
Series in which dialogue, discussion, and debate took place amongst
people who have been working to create or promote theories and practices
for a more just, sacred and sustainable world.
We began offering discussions at the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) as an irregular informal Social Spiritual Activism Movement seminar/Salon Series in which a conversation (including dialogue, debate and even disagreement) took place amongst people based on the experiences, reflections, analyses, and recommendations of those who have been working to create or promote theories and practices for a more Just, Sacred and Sustainable world.
2016-2017 Salon Series
Mutombo Mpanya Phd. Faculty CSU Sonoma; CIIS Anthropology and Social Change
Sean Burns Phd. Director,UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships
Mary Watkins Phd. Faculty, PGI Community, Liberation, Environmental Psychology
Michael Bader Phd. Senior Advisor, Institute4Change; author
Rivera Sun Author: The Dandelion Insurrection
Jason del Gandio PhD Associate Professor of Instruction Department: Communication and Social Influence
George Katsiaficas PhD Sociology, Department of Sociology Chonnam National University Buk-ku Yongbongdong 300 500-757 GWANGJU South Korea
The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life
Marina Sitrin JD is a writer, lawyer, teacher, organizer, militant and dreamer. She is the editor of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina (2006) AK Press, Edinburgh & Oakland, CA; Spanish edition, Horizontalidad: Voces de Poder Popular en Argentina (2005) Chilavert, Buenos Aires; Greek edition
Fania Davis JD is a long-time social justice activist, Civil Rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, and scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge
Coumba Toure Author and Ashoka Representative for the Sahel: Coumba Toure is an author and currently serves as the Ashoka Representative for the Sahel searching and supporting social entrepreneurs. She’s an educator, a change-maker, and artist.
Edie Meidav Yale, Mills College, UMass Amherst, Author Winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, Kafka Prize for Best Novel, and year-end editors’ picks
Work supported by honors from Lannan, Whiting, Fulbright, Howard
Katherine Faust PhD Professor, Sociology, UCI Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1985 social networks, animal social organization, population processes and social networks, research methods
Richard Heinberg Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. is the author of thirteen books, including some of the seminal works on society’s current energy and environmental sustainability crisis