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The Dictionary of Ethical Politics is brought to you through the partnership of Resurgence , OpenDemocracy and the Tedworth Trust.


openDemocracy is committed to human rights and democracy. We aim to ensure that marginalised views and voices are heard. We believe facilitating argument and understanding across geographical boundaries is vital to preventing injustice.

openDemocracy aims to build the open source model for news analysis and opinion.We go beyond and behind the headlines. We won't tell you what to think. We offer you a spectrum of ideas, from the people who have lived through the events, from those on the ground making a difference, from scholars with expert knowledge. In-depth, independent, inside.

Our writers provide you with the background information you need to challenge the politics of any place. Every day, we publish new articles and opinions. We offer regular emails and RSS feeds for constant updates.

A global debate without the female half of humanity is neither global nor democratic. With this in mind, openDemocracy's 50.50 section publishes articles that argue for the equal reality, importance and democratic implication of women’s experience of the world.

openDemocracy is free to read and free to share.


For more than forty years Resurgence has examined the key ecological and spiritual issues of our time with an emphasis on creativity and personal transformation as essential to a healthy society.

When Resurgence started it tackled issues that were only just filtering through to the mainstream debate. Articles were published on the endangered environment, renewable energy and ecological economics. E. F. Schumacher wrote regularly about the perils of chemicals in our food, the simplicity of Buddhist economics and the strength of ‘Small is Beautiful’.

Resurgence continues to publish articles that are on the cutting edge of current thinking, promoting creativity, ecology, spirituality and frugality.

While the corporate world advocates ‘free trade’, Resurgence questions trade without responsibility and money without morality. While our governments define the ‘national interest’ and their politicians pursue power at all costs, Resurgence argues for politics with principles. While technology invades our lives in the name of speed and efficiency, Resurgence advocates science with a soul.

But Resurgence not only offers a critique of the old paradigm it gives working models for an emerging new paradigm. Resurgence is packed full of positive ideas about the theory and practice of good living: permaculture, community supported agriculture, local economics, ecological building, sacred architecture, art in the environment, small schools and deep ecology.

The Tedworth Trust

Part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, the operating office of 18 endowed grant-making trusts established by three generations of the Sainsbury family. Each trust is an independent legal entity with its own board of trustees, actively led by one or more members of the family. The Trusts' donations to charitable causes over several decades represent one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain.


Satish Kumar - Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Resurgence

Tony Curzon-Price - Editor-in-Chief, openDemocracy

James Sainsbury - The Tedworth Trust

Charles Shaw - Editor, The Dictionary of Ethical Politics

Charles Shaw is a widely published progressive writer and activist. He is the former chief editor of Newtopia and Conscious Choice magazines, and the former Editorial Director of Conscious Enlightenment Publishing. His work has appeared in publications like Alternet, In These Times, Reality Sandwich, The Next American City, YES!, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He is a former official with the Green Party of the US, a past member of the host committee for the Chicago Green Festival, and a co-author of the 2008 Shift Report from the Institute for Noetic Sciences, and Planetizen: Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning (2007, Island Press)

Peter Marcham - Technology Director, The Dictionary of Ethical Politics

Peter Marcham has worked as telecoms consultant for a number of years both in the UK and overseas. He has been technical director of a number of start up companies associated with mobile networks and mobile based services . He has a keen interest in politics, economics , sustainability and the application of technology to useful social ends.

Lou Tyson - Consultant

Lou Tyson has worked as marketing director for New York Review of Books, Index on Censorship and Granta . More recently, she has provided web communications consultancy for multinational companies.