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An Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80—and Learns Something About Community An Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80—and Learns Something About Community
by Shannon Hayes
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 When My Husband Was Fired, I Felt Shame—Then Gratitude
by Shannon Hayes
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 To Curb Gun Violence, Chicago Residents Hit The Streets—And Really Listened to Their Neighbors
by Panyin Conduah
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 Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm
by Kayla Schultz, Paul Dunn
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) Why I’m Staying In My Hometown (Even Though Everybody Knows What I Was Like as a Kid)
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 7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief
by Shannan Stoll
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 Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books to Beer
by Dana Drugmand
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 For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasper
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 How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community
by Michelle Moore
“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 Four Ways to Build a Bee-Friendly Neighborhood
by Lindsay Williamson
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) When You Live in the Local Economy, Musicians Are Just People (And Cyndi Lauper Is Coming to Dinner)
by Shannon Hayes
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 "Look Mom, No Bus!"—Walking to School Helps Kids Stay Fit and Have Fun
by Molly Rusk
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 Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy
by Andy Lee Roth
Our political process, Robert Jensen reminds us, begins with conversation.
Why Are We More Optimistic About Ourselves Than About Our Society? Why Are We More Optimistic About Ourselves Than About Our Society?
by Lisa Bennett
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 In Cleveland, Hoop Houses Turn Empty Lots into Year Round Farms
Meet the urban cousin of a traditional barn raising: community members working together to build DIY greenhouses.
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