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A Piazza on Every Block: How DIY Placemaking Is Transforming Communities A Piazza on Every Block: How DIY Placemaking Is Transforming Communities
by Jay Walljasper
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.
The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama
by Valerie Schloredt
Photographer Jane Feldman on earning the trust of beloved world leaders—and capturing their laughter.
Can Crowdsourcing Help Save Dying Languages? Can Crowdsourcing Help Save Dying Languages?
by Michele Lent Hirsch
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.
How a “Dog Person” Learned to Love a Neighbor’s Kid How a “Dog Person” Learned to Love a Neighbor’s Kid
by Shannon Hayes
I never expected to develop such a strong connection with another person’s child. But once it happened, I had to learn how to let her go.
Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted
by Shannon Hayes
Country people have a reputation for viewing outsiders with skepticism. But it turns out they have good reasons for doing that.
World-Healing Wisdom: Karen Armstrong’s Vision for a Compassionate Future World-Healing Wisdom: Karen Armstrong’s Vision for a Compassionate Future
by Nadia Colburn
Armstrong believes that we can find the wisdom we need by looking to the origins of today’s world religions.
“Renegade Gardener” Plots World Domination Through Home-Grown Veggies “Renegade Gardener” Plots World Domination Through Home-Grown Veggies
by Katrina Rabeler
Ron Finley speaks to YES! about why “gardening is gangsta” and how he's getting city youth back in the dirt.
How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness
by Jay Walljasper
When we share our yards, sidewalks, and other common spaces, we find a greater sense of belonging and connection to those around us.
A Marathon Runner’s Lessons for a Saner Civilization A Marathon Runner’s Lessons for a Saner Civilization
by Andy Lee Roth
Long-distance running demands that athletes pace themselves and keep the future in mind. Might they have something to teach those who want to create a sustainable society?
It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed
by Shannon Hayes
Maybe there’s something deeper to the stereotype of old-school farmers as plodding, slow-moving people.
Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending
by Madeline Ostrander
We can’t change the world if we can’t even sing together—a star folk singer on what happens if political music dies.
What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship
by Shannon Hayes
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.
How to See Stars Like Your Ancestors Did How to See Stars Like Your Ancestors Did
by Katrina Rabeler, Chris Francis
We could all see the sky as our ancestors once saw it just by turning off the lights, according to the International Dark Sky Association.
Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There
by Madhu Suri Prakash
The Indian leader saw nonviolence as an active and powerful thing—not just the absence of war.
“Non-Indigenous Culture”: Implications of a Historical Anomaly “Non-Indigenous Culture”: Implications of a Historical Anomaly
by Derek Rasmussen
Modern westerners often see indigenous people as weird or exotic. A look at history shows why they’re not the strange ones.
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