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Why Are We More Optimistic About Ourselves Than About Our Society? Why Are We More Optimistic About Ourselves Than About Our Society?
by Lisa Bennett
It's easier to be hopeful about our individual futures than our collective ones because we have more control over them. But the two are inextricably linked.
When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won
by Jing Fong
Curtis Acosta's classes in Mexican American Studies gave kids pride in their heritage—until the Arizona Legislature canceled them. That's when his students became activists, and some real-life lessons began.
In Cleveland, Hoop Houses Turn Empty Lots into Year Round Farms In Cleveland, Hoop Houses Turn Empty Lots into Year Round Farms
Meet the urban cousin of a traditional barn raising: community members working together to build DIY greenhouses.
10 Things Creative People Know 10 Things Creative People Know
by Peggy Taylor, Charlie Murphy
Everyday creative activities like knitting and cooking can boost your levels of serotonin and decrease anxiety.
How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All
by Imara Jones
By keeping workers healthy, the Affordable Care Act will help the working poor achieve greater financial stability—and will probably boost the economy as well.
Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning
by Lennon Flowers
The secret to learning self-awareness, cooperation, and other “social and emotional learning” skills lies in experience, not in workbooks and rote classroom exercises.
Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US
The Swahili word "madaraka" means "self-realization." The festival bearing that name seeks to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives, their communities, and the world.
5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men 5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men
by Kozo Hattori
Having compassion leads to increased happiness, freedom from gender stereotypes, and better relationships with others.
You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter
by David Sobel
New approaches to kindergarten offer us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creation of the children’s garden. If we looked to these examples, we might be able to rescue childhood.
Soul Food That's Vegan and Healthy? A Cooking Remix Made in Heaven Soul Food That's Vegan and Healthy? A Cooking Remix Made in Heaven
by Molly Rusk
From the author of Vegan Soul Kitchen, this cookbook charts a new course for southern, African American, and Caribbean cuisine.
Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars
by Wendy Call
On the heels of pot legalization in Washington and Colorado, the movement for less punitive drug policy is coalescing at every level. Its new leaders could come from the very countries that have suffered the most.
The “Twilight” Manifesto: What Pop Culture Gets Wrong—and Right—About Masculinity The “Twilight” Manifesto: What Pop Culture Gets Wrong—and Right—About Masculinity
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Blockbuster series like Twilight have left their mark on a generation of girls, but what message are they sending boys? Here are a few to look out for.
Defending the Earth, Even After Death: The Green Burial Movement Defending the Earth, Even After Death: The Green Burial Movement
by Hunter Marshall
The greenest burial places essentially transform the cemetery into a nature preserve—and a "posthumous occupation" of a $20 billion funeral industry.
A New Story for a New Economy A New Story for a New Economy
by David Korten
David Korten's new essay (available to read as a PDF) connects the work of finding a new sacred story with the effort to build a new economy.
Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong” Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”
by Scott Nine
In her new book, Diane Ravitch—one of the leading thinkers behind the controversial Bush-era law—explores how the faulty logic of high-stakes testing, charter school expansion, and privatization hinders education.
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