Happiness

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Writing Our Own Economic Future
by Sarah Byrnes
My neighbors and I know we can't go back to the old economy. But what can we do to build a new one?
Common Stories
by Kim Eckart
Do you ride the bus? Use the library? Walk on the sidewalk? Congratulations—you're already part of the commons movement.
When Density Meets Community
by Richard Conlin
In Seattle, cutting carbon while increasing quality of life.
How to Design a Neighborhood for Happiness
by Jay Walljasper
The way we design our communities plays a huge role in how we experience our lives.
What Makes Us Secure?
by Sarah Byrnes
It's not about deadbolts and surveillance cameras—it's about having people you can turn to for help.
The Coming Global Food Fight
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
As aggression mounts with the rise of food prices worldwide, small-scale farms rooted in local markets could avert international disaster—and lead the way to "food democracy."
In the Built Environment, the Tyranny of the Big, the Beauty of the Small
by Jason F. McLennan
Green building leader Jason McLennan on ways to keep our buildings and cities at a healthy, human scale.
People We Love: Inez Killingsworth
by Alyssa B. Johnson
How one outspoken resident is helping Cleveland's families keep their homes.
An Oasis in a Food Desert
Video: In West Oakland, a community cooperative is providing an alternative to fast food and packaged snacks.
Dealing With U.S. Deficit: Outdoor Playtime For Kids
by Alyssa B. Johnson
New Yorkers throw the "Ultimate Block Party" to reclaim play.
In it Together: Organizing a Common Security Club
by Sarah Byrnes
How to overcome the obstacles and cultivate a caring, supportive community group in the face of tough economic times.
People, Power, and Public Spaces
by Jay Walljasper
What the privatization of public spaces has to do with our likelihood of taking to the streets.
“Localization is the Economics of Happiness”
by Brooke Jarvis
We know what makes us happy—but too often our economic decisions stand in the way. Helena Norberg-Hodge, director of the Economics of Happiness, on how to change all that.
Lentils and Justice for All
by Christa Hillstrom
It all begins with food: How to restore the health and wealth of inner-city communities.
Corporate Control? Not in These Communities
by Allen D. Kanner
Municipalities across the country are passing ordinances reclaiming their citizens' rights from corporate interests.