Happiness

Building the World We Want: Interview with Mark Lakeman
by Brooke Jarvis
Interview with the co-founder of the City Repair Project, a Portland group that helps neighbors turn public spaces into gathering places.
The Village Building Convergence
Portland, Ore. is the home of the Village Building Convergence, an annual event that draws on the power and creativity of neighbors to build the places they'd like to live.
Neighbors for a New Economy
by Chuck Collins
In Greenfield, Mass., a group of neighbors have formed a support group to face their changing world.
Chicago’s $1.3 Million Experiment in Democracy
by Josh Lerner, Megan Wade Antieau
For the first time in the U.S., the city's 49th Ward lets taxpayers directly decide how public money is spent.
Local Economies Close the Distance Between Us
by Stacy Mitchell
But our city planning policies are rigged against them. How can we support neighborhood businesses that slow the pace of life and encourage people to get to know each other?
Yard for Share: My Hyperlocavore Garden
by Pamela O'Malley Chang
When the internet connects gardeners with available land, surprising things can happen.
People We Love :: Carol Beckley
by Kim Eckart
Cultivating a rural community.
People We Love :: Ricardo Navarro
by Ashlee Green
Choosing a sustainable path.
No Car, No Problem
by Orion Kriegman
Car-free living not only cuts back on your greenhouse gas emissions. It also builds local community, brings families closer together, and helps support local economies.
Holy Week: A Journey Toward Community
by Pastor Don Mackenzie
The journey through Holy Week is a journey “out of Egypt,” because it frees us from the practices and stereotypes that keep us from moving toward a more positive future.
Banking on Change
With a briefcase and a motorcycle, a banker in India gets poor communities on their feet—and, in the process, blurs the lines between finance and community organizing.
Church in Our Times: Spirit and Security in the Face of Crisis
by Andrée Zaleska
Churches are rediscovering their role as community centers, helping to relocalize and revitalize struggling communities.
Across Race Lines
Sarah van Gelder discusses "America: The Remix," YES! Magazine's Spring 2010 issue.
Haitian Women Mourn the Dead, Recommit to the Living
by Beverly Bell
In Haiti, International Women's Day is a reminder of what women have done and are still doing to keep hope alive.
African American Farmers Go Organic, Bring Healthy Food to Southeast
by Mark Winne
The Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON), helps members convert to organic agriculture, and organizes a farmers market in a park that was once off-limits to them.