Strengthening our connections.
Have Yourself a Commons Holiday
by Jay Walljasperposted Dec 22, 2009
- The holidays are the one time of the year when American domesticity expands beyond the narrow circle of the nuclear family of mom, dad, and the kids—when we take a step in the direction of commoning.
Making the Most of Your Charitable Donations
by Jeff Raderstrongposted Dec 17, 2009
- Focus, work, and structure: Jeff Raderstrong from Change Charity offers three steps that can help you figure out who to give to this year.
How to Talk to Your Friends About Copenhagen
by Madeline Ostranderposted Dec 10, 2009
- Talking about climate change may be one of the most revolutionary things you can do. But how do you strike up your own Copenhagen conversations—and what do you say once you do?
Towns Rush to Make Low-Carbon Transition
by Tara Lohanposted Dec 01, 2009
- More and more neighborhoods are making the transition to a climate-friendly community. Has yours?
Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long
by Brooke Jarvisposted Nov 29, 2009
- By working with local businesses, Michelle Long helped make Bellingham, Washington a national leader in urban sustainability. As executive director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, she's taking her vision to cities around North America.
Giving Thanks for What We Share
by Jay Walljasperposted Nov 23, 2009
- The sharing ethic of the commons is woven into American traditions.
The Season of Our Discontent: Poverty and Hunger in America
by Mark Winneposted Nov 17, 2009
- Just before Thanksgiving, the USDA has released alarming new statistics about hunger in America. How can we bridge the divide between abundance and scarcity?
Investing in the Right Relationships
by Colin Beavanposted Nov 11, 2009
- Because we have invested so much in our relationships with corporations, community and familial relationships are weakened—to the point at which they can't provide sustenance when the corporate bond breaks.
5 Benefits of Common Security Clubs
by Chuck Collinsposted Oct 08, 2009
- What can local clubs do about a global financial meltdown? A lot, it turns out.
posted Oct 06, 2009
- The Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn, New York, teaches students to build their own bamboo bicycles in one weekend. Workshop proceeds help finance bamboo bike factories in Ghana, Kenya, and Ecuador.
Green the Block :: Beauty from the Ashes
by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Rev. Lennox Yearwoodposted Sep 17, 2009
- To honor the victims of September 11, 2001, urban communities involved in the green jobs movement spent the anniversary of the attacks building stronger communities through service.
A Lifelong Search for Real Education
by Julia Putnamposted Sep 09, 2009
- Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs brought people together to rebuild inner-city Detroit and to teach the things you can’t learn in a classroom. At 94, Grace is still at it.
Radical Acts of Education
posted Sep 09, 2009
- Meet our pick of organizations and strategies that foster life-long learning and personal growth while teaching age-old and brand-new skills.
Seniors Find More to Learn
by Sean Roseposted Sep 09, 2009
- Retirement doesn’t have to be merely time off; it can be a time to gain new skills or find rewarding ways to give back to your community.
What We Need Is Each Other
by John McKnightposted Aug 05, 2009
- No matter how hard they try, our very best institutions cannot do many things that only we can do.