The Answer is Blowing in the Wind: Grassroots Technological Networks of Wind Energy

Authors - Kostas Latoufis and Aristotle Tympas In this research, two case studies coming from the mid 1970s are considered. One on the development of medium scale wind turbines in Denmark and another on the development of small wind turbines in Scotland. These represent two distinct yet key episodes in the development of modern electricity-producing …

Design, Hybridity and Just Transitions

Damian White How do you define radical hope? I am a little wary of purely transcendental theories of hope since political hope is to a large degree context specific. Our sense of hope is heavily dependent on historical context, shifting events and empirical information, the prevailing ideologies of the time and the broader balance of forces …

On Love and Property

Kara Thompson Abstract: To approach something like hope--so potentially slippery and sentimental--I turn to love, perhaps an equally elusive horizon or abstraction. What might love mean in liberal democracies and forms of governmentality, which seek to organize phantasmatic forms of intimacy and relationality into legible taxonomies of identity? Why should we dare to generate a …

Living In Good Relation with the Environment: A Syllabus of Radical Hope

Description This syllabus emerged from a conference course with one of the initial Radical Hope contributors and organizers, Dr. Erika Bsumek. Each week featured readings from already submitted syllabi now available on radicalhopesyllabus.com. While it began with the intention to test the usefulness of each syllabus and case study across disciplines, I quickly found more …

Look Down for Hope – Phytoremediation in an Italian Steel Town

This section considers the practice of phytoremediation as both a model and source of inspiration for radical hope. It takes as a case study the city of Taranto, in southern Italy. Taranto has long been devastated by the effects of toxic emissions, including high levels of dioxins, from the massive Ilva steel plant. Classified as …

Environmental Security: The Courage to Fear and the Courage to Hope

Allan W. Shearer Can you imagine the collapse of a civilization?  Smaller in scale, but perhaps more immediate, can you imagine the death of your own society?  What attitudes and what skills are needed to do so?  And, if you can do it, what can you do next to prevent the end from coming? In …

Planting Seeds of Hope: Environmental Education for the Present & Future

Kieko Matteson Paper: “Artemisia's Army: Environmental Education as Bioremediation” Abstract: The news these days feels relentlessly grim on nearly every issue, from economic security to human rights to the ecological health of the planet. On the political front, cynics and strongmen exult in their increased influence, dismantling longstanding social and environmental protections with ever-increasing boldness …

Thrifty Science

Simon Werrett Is expanding consumption and use of limited resources and energy an inevitability, or are there alternative ways of living that might lead to a more sustainable world? History offers hopeful solutions, and in this section we consider past practices and ideas concerning material things that understood them in very different ways to those …

Air Pollution: Issues and Solutions

Hal Crimmel Abstract: Since the dawn of the industrial area, air pollution has been a stubborn problem, especially in crowded urban areas. Air pollution in London and other European cities, for example, steadily worsened during the 1800s as the tonnage of coal being burned to power industry and generate electricity grew. But the most infamous …

Infrastructures of Hope

Erika Bsumek Abstract: This section or module  looks at different approaches to infrastructure in America and what studying them might tell us about sustainability, environment, and hope. Readings  focus on the ways in which politicians, architects, engineers, urban planners, naturalists, environmentalists, and residents of the areas being transformed have approached the relationship between large-scale infrastructure …