Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long
by Brooke JarvisNov 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 WalljasperNov 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 WinneNov 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 BeavanNov 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 CollinsOct 08, 2009
- What can local clubs do about a global financial meltdown? A lot, it turns out.
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 YearwoodSep 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 PutnamSep 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
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 RoseSep 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 McKnightAug 05, 2009
- No matter how hard they try, our very best institutions cannot do many things that only we can do.
Mali's Gift Economy
by Beverly BellJul 22, 2009
- In Mali, one of the most cash poor nations in the world, "dama" or the gift economy is thriving.
Invite the World for Dinner
by Jim HaynesFeb 17, 2009
- Every week for the past 30 years, Jim Haynes has hosted a Sunday dinner in his home in Paris. People, including total strangers, call or e-mail to book a spot. The first 50 or 60 people who call may come, and twice that many when the weather is nice and the crowd can overflow into the garden.
The Greenhorns :: Film Trailer
Feb 11, 2009
- America's young farmers show promising signs of an agricultural revival.
Free Hugs Campaign
Dec 17, 2008
- Sometimes, a hug is all that we need. Free Hugs is the real life controversial story of Juan Mann, a man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to put a smile on their face.