Big Ideas publications

Big Ideas Change the World is a Friends of the Earth project. It seizes on the biggest ideas for enhancing our lives, preventing the mass-extinction of species and looking after the planet.

We've read all the literature so that you don't have to. Keep checking back for updates.

Cities

Agyeman, McLaren and Shaefer-Borrego (2013), Sharing Cities, Friends of the Earth

Bulkeley, McFarlane and MacLeod (2013), Enhancing Urban Autonomy, Friends of the Earth

Scandrett (2013), Citizen Participation and Popular Education in the City, Friends of the Earth

McLaren and Agyeman (2015), Sharing Cities, MIT Press

Childs and McLaren (2013), A Synthesis of Literature on Cities, Friends of the Earth

Nature

Huxham, Hartley, Pretty and Tett (2014), No dominion over nature: Why Treating Nature like a Machine will lead to Boom and Bust in Food Supply, Friends of the Earth

Lang (2016), Refashioning Food Systems with Sustainable Diets Guidelines, Friends of the Earth   

Childs, Hird and McLaren (2013), Summary Synthesis of Literature Review on Bioproductivity, Friends of the Earth

Consumption

Hurth, Peck, Jackson and Wensing (2015), Reforming Marketing for Sustainability, Friends of the Earth

Armstrong and Jackson (2015), The mindful consumer, Friends of the Earth

McLaren, Childs and Shrubsole (2013), Consumption and identity, a review of literature, Friends of the Earth

Politics and the global commons

Bollier (2015), Transnational Republics of Commoning, Friends of the Earth

Krznaric (2015), The Empathy Effect, Friends of the Earth

Byrne (2015), Put climate negotiators into small groups, Friends of the Earth blog

Byrne (2015), Internet spying threatens people and the environment, Friends of the Earth blog

Childs and McLaren (2014), How to Protect the Global Commons, a review of literature, Friends of the Earth

Innovation

Smith and Stirling (2016), Grassroots Innovation, Friends of the Earth

Miller (2016), Breaking the cycle of distrust, Friends of the Earth

McLaren (2016), Releasing the Power of Innovation for the Public Good, Friends of the Earth

Business

Childs and McLaren (2014), Focusing Businesses on Doing Good, Friends of the Earth

Women

Friends of the Earth (2015), Why Women will Save the Planet, a collection of essays, Zed Books

History

History & Policy and Friends of the Earth (2015), Why Change Happens Conference

Huzzey and Childs (2016), Campaigning for Change: Lessons from History, History & Policy and Friends of the Earth

Money

Powell (2016), Transforming Finance: do we need to Rewild the Finance System? Friends of the Earth blog

Energy

Mullen (2016), Freedom of movement and fairness, Friends of the Earth

Walker (2016), De-energising Society, Friends of the Earth

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