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Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities
by Fran Korten
The individual actions we take to reduce waste are important. But to stem the avalanche of stuff, we also need system-wide solutions.
4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook 4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Following the heartbreak in Newtown, many Americans find themselves wondering—are people just horrible? Jeremy Adam Smith on why compassion, forgiveness, and resilience are everywhere, even in tragedy.
No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion
by Nathan Schneider
Religion is the means by which many imagine and work for a world more just than this one. Last year, Wall Street’s Trinity Church refused to shelter the movement; this year, churches and Occupiers are sharing a very different kind of Advent season.
Writing Love Letters to Hundreds of Strangers “Absolutely Healed Me” Writing Love Letters to Hundreds of Strangers “Absolutely Healed Me”
To cope with intense loneliness after moving to New York City, Hannah Brencher offered to write an old-fashioned love letter to any stranger who needed one. She never guessed how many people she would ultimately reach.
The Endangered Repairman The Endangered Repairman
by Shannon Hayes
Getting your stuff fixed instead of throwing it away is good for the environment as well as for your bank balance. So why is this craft dying out in America?
To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van Gelder
It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.
Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors
by Chuck Collins
History is full of cases where the people got active on the big problems of their day by forming affinity groups of 10 to 20 individuals. These groups provide energy, organization, and even psychological support.
Photo Essay: 20 of the Top Public Spaces in the World
Photo Essay: 20 of the World’s Best Public Spaces Photo Essay: 20 of the World’s Best Public Spaces
by Jay Walljasper
Public spaces can be anything from a lush urban park to a subway station, but all of them offer a free place to enjoy the company of friends, family, and strangers.
What Climate-Driven Hurricane Sandy Teaches about Cooperation What Climate-Driven Hurricane Sandy Teaches about Cooperation
by Sarah van Gelder
It’s 3 a.m. and the wind’s howling. Do you know your neighbors?
How 5 New Orleans Communities Rebuilt Home in the Wake of Katrina How 5 New Orleans Communities Rebuilt Home in the Wake of Katrina
by Natalie Pompilio
Book review: Tom Wooten’s “We Shall Not Be Moved” follows leaders in five different post-hurricane neighborhoods, showing that New Orleanians are a unique breed, deeply loyal to their sometimes infuriating, often insane, and never imitated hometown.
The City is Our Canvas: A Bay Area Tour, in Murals The City is Our Canvas: A Bay Area Tour, in Murals
From the alleys of San Francisco to the streets of West Oakland, murals are cropping up throughout the Bay Area with themes as diverse as the artists who paint them.
At Oakland’s Abandoned Army Base, a Jobs Plan Brings Hope to Locals At Oakland’s Abandoned Army Base, a Jobs Plan Brings Hope to Locals
by Mark Andrew Boyer
A new $1 billion plan to turn a vacant base into a shipping and logistics center will create thousands of jobs for the Oakland residents who need them most.
6 Ways Communities Put Health First 6 Ways Communities Put Health First
by Stuart Glascock
From play space for kids to AIDS activism: the fight against disease goes grassroots.
Detroit’s Good Food Cure Detroit’s Good Food Cure
by Larry Gabriel
What happens when the Motor City transforms itself into the capital of grow-your-own food?
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