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6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet 6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet
by Liz Pleasant, Jim McGowan
We asked psychologists, user experience designers, and writers what web users could to do to promote more empathic interaction in online places. Here's what they said.
The Radical Homemaker on the First Step to Becoming a Farmer The Radical Homemaker on the First Step to Becoming a Farmer
by Shannon Hayes
While making the season's tomato sauce at three in the morning, I mull over the origins of my desire to farm.
When Personal Boundaries Get Fuzzy … Sometimes It's Worth It When Personal Boundaries Get Fuzzy … Sometimes It's Worth It
by Shannon Hayes
No matter what age we are, the challenge of telling others "no" never really goes away.
Pros and Cons of "Normal" Jobs from The Radical Homemaker Pros and Cons of "Normal" Jobs from The Radical Homemaker
by Shannon Hayes
"There are times when I question whether I was a fool to walk away from a conventional career."
How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community
by Michelle Moore
“What if we, in this neighborhood of physical and structural violence, look for the light ... and amplify it?”
Ancient India's 5 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Heighten Your Happiness) Ancient India's 5 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Heighten Your Happiness)
by Richard Schiffman
For the sages of ancient India, sex and romance were just the first few steps in a more expansive process of learning to love.
The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, In Claymation The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, In Claymation
by RISD FAV
Want to understand the science behind empathy? This quick video explains why and when we care.
Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof
by Tom Lawson
“We want to show that faith doesn't divide Jews, Christians and Muslims, but instead reconciles them.”
The Radical Homemaker Plays “Normal Mom”: A Story in Two Acts The Radical Homemaker Plays “Normal Mom”: A Story in Two Acts
by Shannon Hayes
Each year I take a week-long break from radical homemaking to take my kids to camp. It's never easy—and this year was no exception.
A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
by Molly Rusk
StreetToolbox offers new tools for the political communicator—from a remote controlled car that writes messages in colored sand to a kit that turns your bike into a mobile printing press.
Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm
by Erin McCarley
Gaskin had a talent for thinking through ways to combine simple living with social engagement. He died on July 1, 2014.
This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart
A private person by nature, Robina Asti stepped into the limelight after her benefits were denied. Years later, her work helped change the Social Security Administration's policy toward transgender widows.
Empathy and Elephants: What I Learned From Talking to My Kids About Poaching Empathy and Elephants: What I Learned From Talking to My Kids About Poaching
by Shannon Hayes
What at first seemed like a disturbing reaction to an article was all about my kids finding something they could relate to in the story.
Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways to Repurpose Them Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways to Repurpose Them
by Christine St. Pierre, Kali Swenson
The messages may be eternal, but T-shirts aren't forever. These DIY projects can give them new life.
Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next? Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?
by Yessenia Funes
The city's mayor says the move will boost cycling in decades to come, creating a greener and more sociable city.
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