Strengthening our connections.
A Piazza on Every Block: How DIY Placemaking Is Transforming Communities
by Jay Walljasperposted Aug 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.
Can Crowdsourcing Help Save Dying Languages?
by Michele Lent Hirschposted Aug 13, 2013
- More than 3,000 of the world’s languages are at risk of dying out, but a new set of tools will help the linguists and advocates who defend them.
Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 02, 2013
- Country people have a reputation for viewing outsiders with skepticism. But it turns out they have good reasons for doing that.
What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 18, 2013
- Heather and I were like oil and water. We made polite conversation but couldn’t find a single thing in common. But slowly over time, a friendship has grown.
Four Paths to a More Compassionate Patriotism
by Jeremy Adam Smithposted Jul 04, 2013
- Can one celebrate the Fourth of July without hating and fearing other countries?
Making Hurricane Preparedness Fun...and Delicious
by Chuck Collinsposted Jun 19, 2013
- The Jamaica Plain New Economy transition town has found that pie parties are a good way to get more people interested in disaster preparedness.
Why Rain and Cold Can’t Stop Our Family Farm
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 19, 2013
- Selling food in the freezing rain is not my favorite thing. But seeing my customers come out in the bad weather reminded me of why of do this work.
How Afternoon French Lessons Turned Friends into Family
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 12, 2013
- I was afraid of being judged by a neighbor who began giving free French lessons to my kids. But the worries melted away as our friendship grew deeper.
What’s Love Got to Do with the Apocalypse? We Asked This Group of Young Leaders
by Sarah van Gelderposted Jun 10, 2013
- On life, leadership, and the future in an age of catastrophic change.
“Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing
by Cat Johnsonposted May 13, 2013
- An installation of creatively shaped benches in Belgium pushes the edge of urban sit-ability.
Love Your Books? 4 Ways to Share Them With Others
by Fabien Tepper, Signe Predmoreposted Apr 22, 2013
- From mobile libraries to tiny libraries, how to get others to read the books you love.
For Thriving Public Spaces, Just Add Seating
by Jonathan Roweposted Mar 21, 2013
- Could it be as simple as that? Author Jonathan Rowe thought so, and tried it out in his own hometown.
An Oasis of Community and Support for Latina Moms
by Sena Christianposted Feb 15, 2013
- In California, many Latina moms find themselves cut off by domestic responsibilities and language barriers. But with the help of trusted mentors, they’re learning new skills and strengthening their support networks.
Green Housing: In Buffalo, It's Not Just for Rich People Anymore
by Mark Andrew Boyerposted Feb 15, 2013
- Can we build sustainable housing that's affordable, too? The city of Buffalo did, and created a community jobs pipeline in the process. Here's what can happen when neighborhoods take the lead.
Oakland Youth Swap Fast Food for Fresh Food
by YES! online staffposted Feb 12, 2013
- Video: A group of young people in West Oakland are taking control of what they eat and using pedal power to bring local groceries to produce-strapped communities.