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Do the issues matter in choosing a candidate? Some web tools for the lazy voter who cares about issues.

Democracy might be the best of a bad set of governing systems, to paraphrase Churchill; it’s also time consuming. Sometimes the siren song of being a sheep is strong. If you are interested in how the candidates stack up on the issues, and not only on your gut feeling about amorphous aspects of their potential presidential prowess, here are a bunch of online survey tools that ask you what you think of a few issues and then match your answers to the candidates’ supposed stances and rank the candidates according to how well they suit you. They’re all far from ideal, and the options they give for answering the issue questions are limited and limiting. Still, taken together they’re mildly fun and mildly informative, and definitely better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. If you actually want to know more about the candidates and how they stand, spend just a little bit of your time over at Project Vote Smart. That’s a rock solid site.


Author Petra Kuenkel: The Art of Leading Collectively

More than ever before, there is a focus on new, collective forms of leadership—and an urgency to get collective change processes underway, all over the world. What’s behind the recent push to move collective leadership to the fore? Whether we find ourselves in societal or organizational change, it requires collective energy and drive to bring […] Read More

10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More

Top 8 Chelsea Green Books the Self-Styled Oregon Militia Should Read

The ongoing armed militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is showing no signs of ending — so, rather than send them snacks, or sex toys, we had an idea: Send them a book! Better yet, send them several Chelsea Green books. Don’t worry, we’ve picked five key titles that we think […] Read More

Author David Stroh: First Steps to Becoming a Systems Thinker

Systems thinking is often seen as something relegated to scientific and business analysis – economics, resource depletion, and climate. However, Systems Thinking for Social Change focuses on how to use systems thinking to make breakthrough progress on intransigent social problems. We asked author David Stroh how this approach can make an impact, and how readers […] Read More

Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can lead […] Read More
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