Happiness

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
Recipes for Recovery
by James Tracy
Ex-cons show each other the way out at San Francisco's Delancey Street.
Building a Resilient Congregation
by Sarah Byrnes
Religious congregations are embracing a new role: economic support groups.
Life in a Local Living Economy
Video: How Bellingham, Washington keeps it local.
Planting Seeds of Hope: How Sustainable Activism Transformed Detroit
by Grace Lee Boggs, Scott Kurashige
After the death throes of urban decay, what the Motor City can teach us about vision, community, and the power of movements.
Census Data Shows More Multiracial Americans
by Oliver Lazenby
With nine million multiracial Americans, the nation has come a long way.
Community Radio Powers Up
by Oliver Lazenby
A long-fought-for bill will add diversity to the dial and win back broadcast access for communities.
Addictions Originate in Unhappiness—and Compassion Could Be the Cure
by Gabor Maté
What kind of despair could lead someone to value short-term pain relief over life itself? The first question—always—is not “Why the addiction?” but “Why the pain?”
Instead of Prison
by Sarah van Gelder
2.3 million people behind bars. How to stop wasting lives and money.
Drug Warrior No More
by Norm Stamper
Seattle's ex-police chief now fights to end the war on drugs.
The Road Not Built: Redefining Progress At Home and Abroad
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
Local opposition to a proposed road in Trinidad brings new understanding of “progress,” and what it means to be rooted.
Living Buildings, Living Economies, and a Living Future
by David Korten
David Korten: Two ideas that bring me renewed hope that we can end our isolation from nature and from each other.