Happiness

What We Could Lose Unless We Change: Remembering Ray Anderson
by Paul Hawken
"Reimagining the world was a responsibility for Ray, a gift to a future that is begging for selflessness and vision." Paul Hawken honors the life of a green business pioneer.
Can the Aftermath of Disaster Be Beautiful?
by Anne Thomas
A letter from a Sendai teacher describes the strange and “magnificent” community that survived last spring’s devastating earthquake.
Saying Goodbye to the Post Office
by Shannon Hayes
Thousands of small-town post offices are on notice for closure. Radical homemaker Shannon Hayes on what that will mean for the communities who love them.
Smart Transit By Choice
by Richard Conlin
Richard Conlin: Green urban travel shouldn’t be about guilt trips or prohibition, but about making the good choices easy.
Take Note
VERA Project took on Seattle's youth music wasteland to create lasting opportunities for young artists.
What the Outside Can Do for the Inside
by Stuart Glascock, Paige Grant, Chris Hann
Family, community, and the world of ideas help prisoners cope and prepare for life after incarceration. Eight outreach programs that make a difference.
The American Dream, Reloaded
It's happening: The movement to rebuild the dream means owning our stories about how it went wrong—and finding our own ways to make it right.
Detroit: A New American Frontier
by Aaron M. Renn
For those seeking out an alternative vision of urban success, with new and innovative ideas about what the city of tomorrow should be, Detroit may offer the ultimate arena.
“God is What Happens When Humanity is Connected”
Jim Gilliam: Why the Internet is my religion.
To Save Our Cities, Put Children First
by Jason F. McLennan
What’s the universal design principle that can make our cities great? Kid-friendliness, says architect Jason McLennan.
Righting Wrongs the Maori Way
by Allan MacRae, Howard Zehr
Instead of prison, New Zealand chooses restorative justice and community problem-solving.
White Roofs Project Helps NYC Beat The Heat
by Beth Buczynski
New York activists are on a mission to paint the Big Apple (and then the rest of the country) white to reduce energy waste.
School of Second Chances
by Carol Estes
Inmates who get an education are less likely to reoffend when they're released. So why are prison education programs getting cut?
Rehabilitation, Not Punishment: A Better Solution to Crime
Video: Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine, discusses the innovative approach to crime used in Hawaii’s only women’s prison.
A Simple Idea to Transform the Life of Our Cities
by Jay Walljasper
Even a short stretch of car-free pavement empowers pedestrians to realize the road belongs to them, too