West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects
by Erin L. McCoyFeb 26, 2014
- Recent studies suggest that coal mining affects the health of everyone who lives nearby—not just those who work in the mines.
Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government
by Laura CarlsenJan 17, 2014
- The Zapatistas are still running their own schools and hospitals, raising new generations, and carrying on a dialogue with the outside world that has enriched both sides.
Can the Stuck-in-Place Economy Help Us Face Climate Change?
by Madeline OstranderDec 30, 2013
- New studies show that people with deep roots in the place where they live are better equipped to handle upheavals of the type that come with climate change.
Philly’s New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost?
by Jake BlumgartDec 27, 2013
- The city is home to more than 40,000 vacant properties. Now neighborhoods are hoping a new public entity can help them bounce back from the post-industrial blues.
6 Habits of Highly Grateful People
by Jeremy Adam SmithDec 23, 2013
- Wearing yourself down with worry? It’s time to thank outside the box.
After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence
by Christa HillstromDec 20, 2013
- As India honors the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape that rocked the nation, YES! talks with Sister Lucy Kurien—whose life was changed forever when she saw a young woman set on fire.
Tiny House Village to Shelter the Homeless in Texas
by Kelly McCartneyDec 16, 2013
- The project, which is set to break ground next year, will include places for residents to live, garden, worship, and work.
How To Eat Like Our Lives Depend On It: Rediscovering the Many Joys of Food
by Sarah van GelderNov 19, 2013
- It's time to reclaim the well-being and exuberance that is part of healthy food culture.
Dryhootch: A Milwaukee Coffeeshop Where Vets Help Vets Survive—At Home
by Ricardo TorresNov 14, 2013
- Returning vets often struggle with relationships, housing, PTSD, and more. Dryhootch founders say the best mentors for people returning from our latest wars are other vets who have been through it before.
An Unexpected Paradise on Haiti's South Coast
Oct 31, 2013
- These filmmakers toured Haiti's rural south in a pickup truck for 10 days. The footage they captured shows a side of Haitian life most have never seen.
Can Eminent Domain Be Used to Avert a Foreclosure Mess? This California City Thinks So
by Mark Andrew BoyerOct 18, 2013
- Governments usually use eminent domain powers to displace people. But one hardscrabble Bay Area city is going to the mat to do just the opposite—stabilize its economy and keep residents where they are.
The Dark Side of Consumerism: What Landfills and Nursing Homes Taught These Indian Villagers
by Sven EberleinSep 27, 2013
- Glamorized consumer culture has serious side effects—and to help people in remote Indian villages understand this, one filmmaker brought them to the West. Here’s what they thought of the dark side of Western lifestyles.
Finding the Gold in "Tough" Neighborhoods
by Jay WalljasperSep 11, 2013
- To transform economically and socially depressed areas into healthy, vibrant communities, we have to focus on their strengths and trust residents to solve their own problems.
Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood
by Jay WalljasperAug 27, 2013
- Starting the process of change in a place you know well makes it more doable and fun.
A Piazza on Every Block: How DIY Placemaking Is Transforming Communities
by Jay WalljasperAug 16, 2013
- Americans who’ve enjoyed the vibrant public places of Europe and Latin America are bringing the idea back to the cities and towns of the U.S.