Happiness

Free Hugs Campaign
Sometimes, a hug is all that we need. Free Hugs is the real life controversial story of Juan Mann, a man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to put a smile on their face.
We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect
by David Korten
Recent research has shown that our brains are made to support caring, cooperation, and service. David Korten says there is evidence that we can learn to get along across the red-blue divide—after all, we want most of the same things. As a bonus, we'll be healthier and happier if we do.
The First Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of the Gambia
See the solar installation in process, start to finish: follow two rural illiterate women from The Gambia who learn how to become Barefoot Solar Engineers.
People Taking Charge :6: Colombia Peace Village
Individual villages in Colombia are resisting by remaining neutral, refusing to participate in the war, not carrying weapons, and saying no to injustice
Conversation Café :: Guidelines
by Vicki Robin
The conversation café agreements are guidelines for participating with others in group settings so there’s freedom for all, not a free-for-all.
A Taste of Freedom at Home
by Adam & Kibby MacKinnon
Living their values in a community in Seattle, Adam and Kibby MacKinnon describe how Emma Goldman Finishing School provides a new kind of freedom.
Can We Talk?
by Vicki Robin
Conversation Cafés are there to create a space for diverse strangers and neighbors to gather and talk about things of common interest and concern—culture, politics, philosophy and more.
In Review :: Personal Safety Nets
by Lisa Farino
Book review: Personal Safety Nets: Getting Ready for Life's Inevitable Changes & Challenges by John W. Gibson and Judy Pigott.
Baptists and Popular Education in Cuba: an interview with Joel Suárez
by Sarah van Gelder, Justine Simon
An interview with Joel Suárez, the general coordinator of the Martin Luther King Center in Havana, Cuba. He discusses the three founding pillars of the movement, as well as the lead up to the 1992 changes in Cuba's constitution that ratified the state's secular nature.
Caffeinated Community Comeback: Small Ohio Town Discovers Power of Networking
by Frances Moore Lappe
A story of community redevelopment from the bottom up. Starting with a coffee shop, and adding artisans, classes, and the power of networking. June Holley now helps communities around the globe form Smart Networks by training and supporting Network Weavers. Appalachian Center for Economic Networks.
Fighting the Cancer, Healing the Soul
by Pamela O'Malley Chang
The Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic provides all-around care including alternative treatments for low-income women diagnosed with cancer.
We are Farmers Not Gardeners
by Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
South Central Los Angeles farmers evicted after years of harvests from a community farm maintain their protest weeks after its last occupants have been removed by sheriff deputies.
Cuba’s Hurricane Resilience - Solidarity and Readiness
by Lilja Otto
The combination of education, planning, and practice in Cuba builds a culture of safety and puts both the logistics and motivation in place to enable people to cope with storms that cause devastation and panic elsewhere.
New Orleans to Ottawa: After the Storm, the Brainstorming Begins
by Francesca Lyman
Creative and effective responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita came not from where most had expected—the U.S. government—but from the grassroots.
New York City: All Together Now Keeps Urban Residents Ready for Anything
by Courtney Thompson
According to the New York City project All Together Now, the program set out to create disaster--resilient communities in New York City’s five boroughs by having participants meet regularly with neighbors to go over these precautionary methods and, along the way, get to know each other and each other’s needs—so that if and when disaster strikes, neighbors can rely on neighbors.