Reportback from the 2017 ISE Annual Gathering

ISE2017
Good times with a gaggle of eco-revolutionaries

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of going up to Vermont to take part in the annual gathering of the Institute for Social Ecology. As I’ve mentioned before, I have been delving into the work of activist-scholar Murray Bookchin, and the Institute for Social Ecology is an institution that he helped to found over 40 years ago. The annual event is a chance for ecoanarchists, ecofeminists, Green Marxists, libertarian communalists, and every other persuasion of social ecologist (who can afford to) make the trek to gather in the dual spirit of conflict and collaboration.

Despite my objection (that were clearly voiced over the weekend) to the glaring whiteness of the gathering and the lack of focus on female voices, the three days were still so packed full of useful information and brilliant quotables that my hand started to cramp up from how feverishly I was taking notes.

While I won’t attempt to summarize everything that occurred, I will share a few of my favorite quotes, as well as links to interesting groups/gatherings I want to research and potentially useful further reading.

My Favorite Quotes from ISE 2017

  • “When someone accuses you of essentialism, reject the argument but then go on to refute the category.” – Ynestra King
  • “We’ve all learned that if you take control o the state, the state eventually take control of you.” – Lincoln Van Sluytman
  • “The crisis of our time is that we haven’t really explored what it means to be political.” – Eleanor Finley 
  • “Don’t just share the ‘conscience experience’; share the capital.” – Cora Roelofs

Further Reading

Groups/Events to Look Up

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