Leave No One Behind

By a group of adults, friends of All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland We are 20 men and women from Dublin who worked together to write this message. Most of us know very well what it means living on a very low income, and some of us have slept on the street. We know what it is…

Storytelling for Social Change

By Julia Sick (United States) Storytelling is an artistic form of expression—a tool we use to convey a moment or experience in a meaningful way. We use stories in our lives every day, yet less often is storytelling recognized for its powers in the field of social change and activism. The stories we tell matter.…

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…