Is the Maker Movement About Hacking Society—Or Just Hardware?
by Kayla SchultzFeb 18, 2015
- At feminist hackerspaces, members are less interested in digital trespassing than in developing a safe community for experimenting, creating, and collaborating.
Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion
by Richard SchiffmanFeb 18, 2015
- We’re closer to environmental disaster than ever before. We need a new story for our relationship with the Earth, one that goes beyond science and religion.
Will the Elder Boom Spur a Caring Revolution? Ai-jen Poo’s Inspiring Vision
by Wendy LustbaderFeb 16, 2015
- We need to shift the stories we tell ourselves about the value of elders, the care they need, and later life itself.
Musicians From Egypt to Rwanda Are Blending Musical Traditions and Building Unity to Protect the Nile River Basin
by Valerie SchloredtFeb 06, 2015
- The Nile Project is made up of musicians from different countries, musical genres, and traditions. Their purpose? To promote cooperation and cultural understanding as the diverse peoples of the Nile face threats from water scarcity and climate change.
What a Real-Life Rosie the Riveter Taught This Feminist Geek
by Lindsey WeedstonFeb 06, 2015
- Before meeting Geraldine, I’d assumed that most of the women from the 1940s were unaware of how capable they were. I was wrong.
A Brief History of Happiness: How America Lost Track of the Good Life—and Where to Find It Now
by Sarah van GelderFeb 05, 2015
- For decades, we've been taught that economic growth and buying more stuff will make us happy—while trashing the planet. The good news is, there’s a better kind of happy: It starts with meaningful work, loving relationships, and a thriving natural world.
Sharing Music Builds Trust, Empathy, and Cooperation—Here Are Four Ways Science Proves It
by Jill SuttieFeb 04, 2015
- There is something about listening to music, or playing it with other people, that makes you feel connected to those around you. Even science says so.
Young Adults Love Walking, Biking, and Buses—11 Reasons That’s Good For Everyone
by Jay WalljasperFeb 03, 2015
- Buses, trains, bikes, and walking represent more than an efficient means of getting from one place to another. They move us toward a brighter future because of the many social and economic benefits they foster.
These Gorgeous Photographs Show Indigenous Americans Without the Stereotypes
by Natasha DonovanJan 30, 2015
- Three years ago, Matika Wilbur set out on an ambitious undertaking: a vast road trip across America to photograph members of all 562 of America’s federally-recognized tribes.
Video: A Letter from Your 14-Year-Old Self
by Erin SagenJan 15, 2015
- Bruce Farrer has been assigning a special project to his students: a 10-page letter handwritten to themselves, which he mails back 20 years later.
Can Empathy for Birds Make Us Happier? Ten Breakthroughs in the Science of a Meaningful Life
by Jeremy Adam Smith, Bianca Lorenz, Kira M. Newman, Lauren Klein, Lisa Bennett, Jason Marsh, Jill SuttieJan 09, 2015
- Last year, scientists found that gratitude makes us financially smarter, mindfulness reduces racism, a little sadness makes for healthier people, and compassion for birds could help tackle climate change.
Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars?
by Jason F. McLennanJan 02, 2015
- As we reimagine our future cities, we can make room for nature and humanity.
How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms at Home (and Get Plenty of Flavor and Protein for Free)
by YES! editorsJan 02, 2015
- You don't need a garden to grow mushrooms—any cool, shady space will do, even a cupboard or dark corner.
How “Granny Flats” and Suburban Downtowns Are Creating a Different (and Better) Kind of Density
by Jay WalljasperDec 30, 2014
- Density has become a dirty word in some circles because people associate it with big, ugly buildings. Luckily, there are other ways to get people living close together.
Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work—Teenagers, Sleepovers, Alone Time, and All
by Liz PleasantDec 24, 2014
- How do you fit a full-sized family into a tiny house? The Morrisons and Kasls found that the benefits of life in 200 square feet outweigh the difficulties.