Fighting for Food Security in Guatemala

By Matt Davies (Mexico) A few weeks ago, I received a circular email which featured the passing of legislation in Guatemala commonly known as the “Monsanto Law“, or as it is officially called, la Ley de Obtención Vegetal (Law for the Protection of New Plant Varieties). As is common around the world when governments wish…

Good Governance is a Project for All of Society

By Álvaro Iniesta Pérez (Spain) “Good governance calls upon the intelligence of everyone.” That was the conclusion of an activist from Reunion Island who participated in a workshop about governance in July at the ATD Fourth World international headquarters in Mery-sur-oise France. Since Joseph Wresinski’s passing in 1988, ATD Fourth World has been in an ongoing…

Dreaming Permit – Artisans of Peace in Noisy-le-Grand

The following essay was originally written by Jacqueline Page, an ATD Fourth World Volunteer Corps member and a visual artist, based on the years 2010- 2013 that she spent “living, understanding and endeavoring” in the community of Noisy-le-Grand (France). It has been adapted for the blog from the e-book Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty, available for…

From the War on Poverty to the Fourth World

By Susie Devins (United States) In 1968, in the middle of my second year of college, I got accepted to a War on Poverty program called VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), known today as Americorps. With two others I was sent to Covington, a northern Kentucky city in Appalachia. We did a lot of…