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Lifelong Learning

What do you need to know and how will you learn it?

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
There’s nothing like a college drop-out telling tales of getting fired and being diagnosed for cancer to fire up your students—and you—to pursue their passions. Especially when the speaker is the late Steve Jobs.
The Resilient Library The Resilient Library
by Cat Johnson
Even in a time when libraries are facing steep cuts, we’re using them more than ever—in more ways than ever.
7 Ways to Cook Up a Sustainable Diet 7 Ways to Cook Up a Sustainable Diet
by Vicki Robin
Get ready for No Impact Week: Helpful tips for planet-friendly eating.
Vincent Harding: Let Us Dance Vincent Harding: Let Us Dance
by Vincent Harding
The civil rights leader’s reflections on his 80th birthday.
At Home with W.S. Merwin At Home with W.S. Merwin
The U.S. Poet Laureate on learning from Ezra Pound, and why his plot of indigenous Hawaiian rainforest inspires his poetry today.
School of Second Chances School of Second Chances
by Carol Estes
Inmates who get an education are less likely to reoffend when they're released. So why are prison education programs getting cut?
The World Becomes What You Teach The World Becomes What You Teach
Zoe Weil: What we commonly think of as the goal of education—preparing students for jobs in our economy—is a vision "too small and outmoded for today's world."
Peak Oil: A Chance to Change the World Peak Oil: A Chance to Change the World
by Richard Heinberg
For advice about life after graduation, students at Worcester Polytechnic wanted to hear from peak oil scholar Richard Heinberg instead of Exxon's CEO. Here's what he told them.
From Ecotourism to Community Tourism From Ecotourism to Community Tourism
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
Does travel have a place in a future of "rootedness"?
The Public Library Manifesto The Public Library Manifesto
by David Morris
Why libraries matter, and how we can save them.
Connecting Prisons With Nature Connecting Prisons With Nature
by Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele
Video: Can prisons save money and the environment while changing lives?
What’s the Harm in Hunting? What’s the Harm in Hunting?
by Alyssa B. Johnson
It's an expression of our most fundamental relationship with nature, but can you really be moral and be a hunter, too? Our intern headed into the wild to find out.
Our Human Nature Our Human Nature
by David Korten
Greed is a sign of moral and psychological immaturity. Psychologically and morally mature adults are caring, cooperative, and honest.
Time to Grow Our Souls Time to Grow Our Souls
by Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee Boggs on what it will take to make the protests in Wisconsin and elsewhere truly transformative.
Finding Creativity in Our Frenzied World Finding Creativity in Our Frenzied World
Video: John Cleese on how to let your tortoise mind come out to play.
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