Other Worlds is a women-driven education and movement support collaborative. We compile and bring to light alternatives flourishing throughout the world – ones opening spaces for economic, political, social, and environmental justice, and meaningful democracy – in order to inspire and incite others. We also directly support the movements that are propelling the alternatives.

In the spirit of “Nothing about us without us,” Other Worlds relies on deep collaboration with economic and social justice movements, and is accountable to them.

Throughout the world, solutions to some of the greatest challenges of the day are either nascent or fully thriving. Organized people's movements - sometimes with help from supportive government - are changing the structures which cause violence, poverty, inequality, and environmental destruction. At the same time, they are creating better quality of life in their communities.  In other instances, people are preserving ancient cultures where individuals live in relative equity and harmony with other life and their communities, and without expectation of profit. 

Visit our blog, below, of articles by and about our allies building grassroots alternatives around the world (click here for full blog history).

Alternatives Blog

"We've Lost the Battle But We Haven't Lost the War": Haiti Six Months After the Earthquake

July 12, 2010

Haiti during the World Cup is much like my hometown of New Orleans was during the Superbowl. Don’t try to make plans with anyone to do anything during a game. (In the more cash-rich New Orleans, the ban on non-game-related activity stretched back a day or two before a game, because there was food and alcohol to be purchased and a feast to be cooked.)  I make the mistake of trying to go to a cell phone office during that time; employees sit hypnotized in front of the big-screen TV, unwilling to be distracted by clients.

The Global Reconsume Project

From Brandon:

Myself and a few others have designed a business model to redirect the waste from our mass consumption society. Day after day tons of perfectly usable products get buried into landfills while people all around the world desperately need many of these items. What we intend to do is rally core groups to create "common ground" in communities around the world. This common ground will be a place for people to bring their various material goods that are in pass it on condition so that it may be passed back out to the community free of charge.

A Second Slave Rebellion in Haiti (Or: What's the Worth of a Haitian Child? Part III)

July 8, 2010

One of the many effects of poverty in Haiti is that desperate parents regularly give away their children in the hope that the new family will feed and educate the children better than they themselves can. Instead, the children usually end up as child slaves, or restavèk. In a country which overthrew slavery in 1804, today anywhere from 225,000 to 300,000 children live in forced servitude.[1]  They work from before sunup to after sundown; are often sexually and physically abused; and usually go underfed and uneducated. (For more information, see Slavery in Haiti, Again.”)

Making the Declaration Work

July 5, 2010

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 after more than 25 years of struggle and organizing. Making the Declaration Work: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, published by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, explores the history of that process, as well as the significance of the declaration for communities and tribes around the world.

Women's International Perspective Interview with Beverly Bell (Audio)

July 5, 2010

Other Worlds Coordinator Beverly Bell recently spoke to Kate Daniels, executive editor of the Women's International Perspective, about the movement to build a more economically and environmentally just Haiti from the ground up. You can listen to the interview on the WIP website.

Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

July 5, 2010

While there is a wealth of information out in the world about specific alternatives being created by disparate communities and movements, very little of it is linked together, or collected in an easily accessible archive. That's why Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources is so exciting. This website gathers an asstounding wealth of articles, reports, job listings, books, recordings, and other resources by and about indigenous and tribal peoples from every corner of the world.

Victory! Marlin Gold Mine to Close in Guatemala

July 2, 2010

After years of struggle, protest, and advocacy, indigenous communities in Guatemala and their allies around the world have succeeded in closing the Marlin gold mine in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Guatemala. The mine, operated by the Canadian firm Goldcorp, has polluted rivers, destroyed sacred mountains, poisoned the people who live around it, and divided their communities. In response, the communities impacted by the mine protested, organized popular consultations to demonstrate their opposition to mining, and filed complaints with international agencies.

Sustainable Harvest International

From Florence

Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) has worked with over 2,000 families in rural farming communities in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama since 1997. Using organic vegetable gardens, wood-conserving stoves, biogas digesters and a host of other projects, SHI's local field trainers work together with families, individuals and communities to restore the environment while dramatically improving their quality of life. Our five-phase approach to solving the agricultural, ecological and economic problems of Central America is innovative, hands-on and long-term.