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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.

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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

Cancun Climate Roundup

December 15, 2010

As organizations return home and recover from the mobilizations at the recent climate talks, it's hard not to see the meeting as a loss for developing nations, indigenous peoples, and planet Earth.  Civil society organizations got their first sense that the meeting was not going to address real solutions to climate change when the negotiating document for the conference was released at the end of November.  After the Copenhagen talks ended last year, many grassroots organizations felt that their voices had been excluded from the negotiations.  In response, they organized a peoples' climate summit in Cochabamba, which produced its own proposals for limiting greenhouses gas emissions and protecting the environment while respecting human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. 

The Poor Always Pay: The Electoral Crisis in Haiti

December 13, 2010

Two of the three top contenders for president, in front of the National Palace. Photo: Joris Willems. Unlike the earthquake, Haiti’s most recent crisis came with ample warning. Most Port-au-Prince residents scurried to their homes mid-afternoon last Tuesday, certain of the violence and chaos which would ensue once the electoral council announced which two presidential candidates would make it to the run-offs. The trouble-makers didn’t wait until the 8:00 p.m. announcement, but, just for good measure, started throwing rocks and erecting barricades by late afternoon. By nightfall, gunfire ricocheted around the capital and other towns. Through Friday, the black smoke of burning-tire barricades rose above the small crowds which rampaged through towns, destroying shops, government offices, electoral headquarters, and even a school; setting fire to cars; and occasionally shooting people. Haitian Radio Metropole reported five deaths. 

"Miami Rice": The Business of Disaster in Haiti

December 9, 2010

As we file this article, Port-au-Prince is thick with the smoke of burning tires and with gunfire. Towns throughout the country, along with the national airport, are shut down due to demonstrations. Many are angry over the government’s announcement on Tuesday night of which two presidential candidates made the run-offs: Jude Célestin from the widely hated ruling party of President René Préval and the far-right Mirlande Manigat. This is another obvious manipulation of what had already been a brazenly fraudulent election. A democratic vote is one more thing that has been taken from the marginalized Haitian majority, compounding their many losses since the earthquake of January 12.

World Bank and IDB Funding in Post-Earthquake Haiti

December 8, 2010

Gender Action has released an important new report about International Financial Institutions' funding priorities in post-earthquake Haiti.  The report finds that most World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) post-earthquake investments in Haiti represent lost opportunities to help Haiti's predominantly poor female farmers, prevent gender-based violence, and support gender-inclusive development efforts.

You can read the report in PDF format on the Gender Action website:

A Bumper Crop of Food Videos!

November 29, 2010

If you're looking to lose some time learning about exciting and inspiring food justice initiatives, than we've got some great videos for you.

Get Inspired!

Seeds of Solidarity is an inspiring alternative farming initiative in Massachusetts, whose work runs the gamut of food justice initiatives, from school gardens, to youth farming, to supplying fresh produce to seniors who might not otherwise have access to fresh healthy foods. You can watch a brief introduction to their work below:

"The People Must Be Agents of Change:" The Lambi Fund of Haiti

November 18, 2010

Josette Pérard is director of Fon Lanbi Haiti, the Haitian counterpart of the Lambi Fund. Fon Lanbi trains, builds capacity of, and gets grants to women’s and small farmer organizations in rural areas. Josette’s perspectives on community development follow.

The idea of development is to provide everyone with the means to work, to meet their needs, and to let them enjoy their human rights so they can be full citizens.

Amid Haitian Crisis, Opportunity

November 12, 2010

When people ask me, as they do all the time, “Is there any cause for hope in Haiti?” I answer yes.  It’s more tempting to think that the situation is so hopeless that it can’t any worse, especially right now. Last week, Hurricane Tomas brought three days of heavy storms, causing flash floods which washed away farmers’ homes, animals, and crops throughout the island. The storm also left filthy standing water in towns, promising to spread cholera even more rapidly throughout the country.

Haitian Women and Elections: Presidents, Politics, and Power

November 4, 2010

Reconstructing Haiti is not about buildings, projects, or money. It’s about power, about who gets to control what the future Haiti looks like. Redistributing power, and creating a new society based on different theories and practices of it, are perhaps more important in the aftermath of the January 11 earthquake than ever.

This priority is not particular to Haitian women. But they are most often the ones propelling it, and they and their children have the most to gain from it because of the special burdens that poverty and insecurity place on them.

Indigenous People Lead the Way to Sustainable Energy

October 29, 2010

Two new stories out this week highlight the ways indigenous peoples are protecting their land from environmentally destructive mining and energy projects, while leading the way towards sustainable and renewable power. On October 21st, organizers in the municipality of Santa Cruz del Quiché, Guatemala undertook a massive task: at 93 voting centers across the municipality, they consulted 98% of the adult residents about whether or not they supported mining, dams, and other destructive mega-projects in their communities.