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Conversation Café :: Guidelines Conversation Café :: Guidelines
by Vicki Robin
The conversation café agreements are guidelines for participating with others in group settings so there’s freedom for all, not a free-for-all.
A Taste of Freedom at Home A Taste of Freedom at Home
by Adam & Kibby MacKinnon
Living their values in a community in Seattle, Adam and Kibby MacKinnon describe how Emma Goldman Finishing School provides a new kind of freedom.
Can We Talk? Can We Talk?
by Vicki Robin
Conversation Cafés are there to create a space for diverse strangers and neighbors to gather and talk about things of common interest and concern—culture, politics, philosophy and more.
In Review :: Personal Safety Nets In Review :: Personal Safety Nets
by Lisa Farino
Book review: Personal Safety Nets: Getting Ready for Life's Inevitable Changes & Challenges by John W. Gibson and Judy Pigott.
Baptists and Popular Education in Cuba: an interview with Joel Suárez Baptists and Popular Education in Cuba: an interview with Joel Suárez
by Sarah van Gelder, Justine Simon
An interview with Joel Suárez, the general coordinator of the Martin Luther King Center in Havana, Cuba. He discusses the three founding pillars of the movement, as well as the lead up to the 1992 changes in Cuba's constitution that ratified the state's secular nature.
Caffeinated Community Comeback: Small Ohio Town     Discovers Power of Networking Caffeinated Community Comeback: Small Ohio Town Discovers Power of Networking
by Frances Moore Lappé
A story of community redevelopment from the bottom up. Starting with a coffee shop, and adding artisans, classes, and the power of networking. June Holley now helps communities around the globe form Smart Networks by training and supporting Network Weavers. Appalachian Center for Economic Networks.
Fighting the Cancer, Healing the Soul Fighting the Cancer, Healing the Soul
by Pamela O'Malley Chang
The Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic provides all-around care including alternative treatments for low-income women diagnosed with cancer.
We are Farmers Not Gardeners We are Farmers Not Gardeners
by Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
South Central Los Angeles farmers evicted after years of harvests from a community farm maintain their protest weeks after its last occupants have been removed by sheriff deputies.
Cuba’s Hurricane Resilience - Solidarity and Readiness Cuba’s Hurricane Resilience - Solidarity and Readiness
by Lilja Otto
The combination of education, planning, and practice in Cuba builds a culture of safety and puts both the logistics and motivation in place to enable people to cope with storms that cause devastation and panic elsewhere.
New Orleans to Ottawa: After the Storm, the Brainstorming Begins New Orleans to Ottawa: After the Storm, the Brainstorming Begins
by Francesca Lyman
Creative and effective responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita came not from where most had expected—the U.S. government—but from the grassroots.
New York City: All Together Now Keeps Urban Residents Ready for Anything New York City: All Together Now Keeps Urban Residents Ready for Anything
by Courtney Thompson
According to the New York City project All Together Now, the program set out to create disaster--resilient communities in New York City’s five boroughs by having participants meet regularly with neighbors to go over these precautionary methods and, along the way, get to know each other and each other’s needs—so that if and when disaster strikes, neighbors can rely on neighbors.
Reader Response: 50 Ways to Survive and Thrive
Ideas for living better in the future, practical suggestions from our readers.
Cohousing Comes of Age
by Neshama Abraham Paiss
Trends from the growing cohousing movement: commitment to environmental stewardship, continued social/political action, and growth of elder cohousing.
'Veggie Bus' Delivers Sisterly Love and     Goodwill 'Veggie Bus' Delivers Sisterly Love and Goodwill
by Barbara Sehr
Residents of Port Townsend reach across the miles to help Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, another waterfront artist colony battered by Hurricane Katrina.
Shelter from the Storm: an interview with Reverend Lee T. Wesley Shelter from the Storm: an interview with Reverend Lee T. Wesley
by Dee Axelrod
For the Reverend Lee T. Wesley, whose Baton Rouge congregation helped shelter 500 displaced New Orleans residents, the flood washed up more than the detritus of a city. The receding waters revealed hard truths about poverty and racism. YES! senior editor Dee Axelrod spoke with him by phone at his Community Bible Baptist Church.
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