• Third Sector Radio USA

    Working in complex adaptive systems requires distributed–and flexible–leadership. This article demonstrates the growing power of grassroots movements on policy decision making. Grassroots, or civil society movements if you will, are better able to adapt to shared and highly emergent leadership needs through inclusivity and participatory processes. This is why mainstream green NGOs need environmental justice groups–“Big Green” has often lost much of its connection to participatory decision-making, with its benefit of diverse perspectives, and tend to focus narrowly on the interrelated problems affecting the environment. At the same time, environmental justice organizations need the influence “Big Green” has attained. It is a combination that works well in many transnational advocacy networks. Suarez describes how it can become effective on the “mono-national” level, even in an all-too polarized nation.