Strengthening our connections.
An Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80—and Learns Something About Community
by Shannon Hayesposted Nov 13, 2014
- I love my solitude. I also love my community. But my independent nature has never been unusual in this town.
When My Husband Was Fired, I Felt Shame—Then Gratitude
by Shannon Hayesposted Nov 07, 2014
- I had grown up identifying joblessness with shame and failure. But here we were, on the other side of the employment equation, and for the first moment in my grown-up life, everything felt … right.
To Curb Gun Violence, Chicago Residents Hit The Streets—And Really Listened to Their Neighbors
by Panyin Conduahposted Oct 30, 2014
- When a group of volunteers walked the streets of Chicago's east side, they learned that gun violence was not the only problem plaguing their neighborhood.
Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm
by Kayla Schultz, Paul Dunnposted Oct 16, 2014
- See how Heyday Farm raises healthy animals in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.
Why I’m Staying In My Hometown (Even Though Everybody Knows What I Was Like as a Kid)
posted Oct 07, 2014
- Brought on by the sound of a screaming child, I reflect on my past, my community, and how we can become our true selves without fleeing our roots.
7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief
by Shannan Stollposted Sep 25, 2014
- It's not hard to bring a little more equality into each others' lives.
Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books to Beer
by Dana Drugmandposted Sep 05, 2014
- You know the model: Consumers purchase a share of the season’s harvest upfront and get a box of fresh produce each week from the farm. Now you can get your medicine that way too.
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasperposted Sep 02, 2014
- Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community
by Michelle Mooreposted Aug 15, 2014
- “What if we, in this neighborhood of physical and structural violence, look for the light ... and amplify it?”
Four Ways to Build a Bee-Friendly Neighborhood
by Lindsay Williamsonposted Jul 01, 2014
- Concerned neighbors are a common bane of urban beekeepers. But there are ways to sweeten the deal for them.
When You Live in the Local Economy, Musicians Are Just People (And Cyndi Lauper Is Coming to Dinner)
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 13, 2014
- After getting mad at her daughter for handing hard earned money to a street performer, "Radical Homemaker" Shannon Hayes considers what musicians bring to the local economy.
"Look Mom, No Bus!"—Walking to School Helps Kids Stay Fit and Have Fun
by Molly Ruskposted Jun 02, 2014
- A program called the Walking School Bus provides kids an easy way to get regular exercise while getting to know their neighborhood.
Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy
by Andy Lee Rothposted May 01, 2014
- Our political process, Robert Jensen reminds us, begins with conversation.
Why Are We More Optimistic About Ourselves Than About Our Society?
by Lisa Bennettposted Apr 30, 2014
- It's easier to be hopeful about our individual futures than our collective ones because we have more control over them. But the two are inextricably linked.
In Cleveland, Hoop Houses Turn Empty Lots into Year Round Farms
posted Apr 25, 2014
- Meet the urban cousin of a traditional barn raising: community members working together to build DIY greenhouses.