Our new Commissioning Editor, our new Notes from Underground

Publications and journals need to renew themselves in fast-moving political and cultural times. As we laid out here [Bella Re-Charge]  we’re in the midst of re-launching with an editorial programme that has five points of focus for the year ahead: 1) Campaigning for Scottish Independence; 2) Giving space to Emerging Voices; 3) Highlighting existing projects, communities, social enterprises, co-ops and groups that are creating alternatives as systems fail, these may be part of what we’d call a Pre-Figurative Politics’. 4) Creating a Policy Forum 5) Responding to XR’s call for the media to “Tell the Truth”.

To deliver this work we’re announcing a new Commissioning Editor in each area. Our first is Dougald Hine, whose new series Notes from Underground launches today.

During the winter of 2019-20, he will be writing a weekly essay series for Bella Caledonia, reflecting on the context of the new climate movements that have emerged over the past eighteen months.

Dougald Hine is a former journalist and the co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project. He grew up in the northeast of England and is now settled in central Sweden, where he and his partner Anna Björkman are creating a school called HOME. He also works with the Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University and spent two years as leader of development for Riksteatern, Sweden’s touring national theatre. In 2019, after ten years with Dark Mountain, he handed on his responsibilities as a director of the project.

So it’s a big welcome to Dougald we’re absolutely delighted to have him on board and look forward to his series and announcing our other Commissioning Editors in the coming weeks.

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