Have Yourself a Commons Holiday
by Jay Walljasper
The holidays are the one time of the year when American domesticity expands beyond the narrow circle of the nuclear family of mom, dad, and the kids—when we take a step in the direction of commoning.
Making the Most of Your Charitable Donations
by Jeff Raderstrong
Focus, work, and structure: Jeff Raderstrong from Change Charity offers three steps that can help you figure out who to give to this year.
Advent Conspiracy - Christmas Can Still Change the World
Advent Conspiracy proposes that people buy less and give more--of their time and love.
God Begins to Smile
Video: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, calling for a legally binding agreement on climate change, says the movement for climate justice in Copenhagen would cheer God up.
Why is Costa Rica Smiling?
by Lisa Gale Garrigues
How a focus on peace is helping this Central American country top the Happy Planet Index.
The Food of a Younger Land
by Laura Kaliebe
Author Mark Kurlansky unearths a Depression-era project to document the country’s food traditions.
Human Rights in the Age of Obama
by Tanya Dawkins
Interview with Ajamu Baraka: Protecting human rights during a recession means rethinking the role of government, taking direct action, and creating an equitable society.
YES! But How? :: Homemade Gift Bags
by Heather Purser
Why not avoid paper gift-wrap and make your own gift bags?
YES! But How? :: Is There a Safe Plastic?
by Heather Purser
Is there any plastic container that’s safe for food and drink? I have a baby, and most products for infants and children are plastic.
People We Love :: Lorraine Kerwood
by Keeley Harding
Rebuilding computers for the community.
Spontaneous Smiley Project
by Susie Shutts
When we smile, does the whole world smile back at us?
The Necessity for Balance
by Milenko Matanovic
Milenko Matanovic responds to the question: "What Next? Now that the page has turned, what stories will we need to change our world?"
Spontaneous Smiley Project
Ruth Kaiser, founder of the Spontaneous Smiley Project, sees smiles in everyday life. Here, she shares a few of her favorite spontaneous photographs.
How to Talk to Your Friends About Copenhagen
by Madeline Ostrander
Talking about climate change may be one of the most revolutionary things you can do. But how do you strike up your own Copenhagen conversations—and what do you say once you do?
Honoring Nathan Huggins, Martin, and Malcolm
 Honoring Nathan Huggins, Martin, and Malcolm

by Grace Lee Boggs
I spoke (via Skype) to the graduate students Symposium at Harvard University on December 5, the 20th anniversary of the death of Nathan Huggins, former director of the university's DuBois Center.