Charles Shaw is the author of Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics, & Spirituality (2009, Reality Sandwich). His work has appeared in Alternet, Alternative Press Review, Conscious Choice, Common Ground, Grist, Guerrilla News Network, Huffington Post, In These Times, Newtopia, The New York Times, openDemocracy, Planetizen, Punk Planet, Reality Sandwich, Scoop, Shift, Truthout, The Witness, YES!, and Znet. He was a Contributing Author to the 2008 Shift Report from the Institute for Noetic Sciences , and in Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning (2007, Island Press). In 2009 he was recognized by the San Diego Press Club for excellence in journalism.
Charles is the Director of the Exile Nation Unheard Voices Story Project (coming Spring 2010), and the Dictionary of Ethical Politics, a collaborative project of Resurgence, openDemocracy, and the Tedworth Trust. He is the former Editorial Director of Conscious Enlightenment Publishing (Conscious Choice, Common Ground, Whole Life Times, and Seattle's Conscious Choice), the founder and publisher of Newtopia Magazine , former head writer for the nationally syndicated radio show "Reality Checks with Harrison," former Senior Staff Writer for The Next American City, and a Contributing Editor for Worldchanging .
He is a longtime activist and former official with the Green Party of the US. A native of Chicago, he lives in Los Angeles...for now.