How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community
by Michelle MooreAug 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 WilliamsonJul 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 HayesJun 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 RuskJun 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 RothMay 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 BennettApr 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
Apr 25, 2014
- Meet the urban cousin of a traditional barn raising: community members working together to build DIY greenhouses.
Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US
Apr 03, 2014
- The Swahili word "madaraka" means "self-realization." The festival bearing that name seeks to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives, their communities, and the world.
West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects
by Erin L. McCoyFeb 26, 2014
- Recent studies suggest that coal mining affects the health of everyone who lives nearby—not just those who work in the mines.
Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government
by Laura CarlsenJan 17, 2014
- The Zapatistas are still running their own schools and hospitals, raising new generations, and carrying on a dialogue with the outside world that has enriched both sides.
Can the Stuck-in-Place Economy Help Us Face Climate Change?
by Madeline OstranderDec 30, 2013
- New studies show that people with deep roots in the place where they live are better equipped to handle upheavals of the type that come with climate change.
Philly’s New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost?
by Jake BlumgartDec 27, 2013
- The city is home to more than 40,000 vacant properties. Now neighborhoods are hoping a new public entity can help them bounce back from the post-industrial blues.
6 Habits of Highly Grateful People
by Jeremy Adam SmithDec 23, 2013
- Wearing yourself down with worry? It’s time to thank outside the box.
After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence
by Christa HillstromDec 20, 2013
- As India honors the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape that rocked the nation, YES! talks with Sister Lucy Kurien—whose life was changed forever when she saw a young woman set on fire.
Tiny House Village to Shelter the Homeless in Texas
by Kelly McCartneyDec 16, 2013
- The project, which is set to break ground next year, will include places for residents to live, garden, worship, and work.