How One Affluent Town Helps Its Neediest Students Get Into (and Stay In) College
by Kirk CarapezzaJan 22, 2016
- In New England, a community program matches college-savvy parents with first-generation college-bound students to help them navigate the overwhelming application process.
Another Extinction: Words We Use to Describe the Natural World
by Jack TurnerJan 18, 2016
- Why naturalists and their linguistic allies fight to keep the language that gives us our sense of place from falling out of modern dictionaries.
Our Favorite Books on How to Live a Happy and Meaningful Life
by Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam SmithDec 31, 2015
- Thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Here are 13 of this year’s most thought-provoking and useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
Video: How to Use What You Don’t Know to Your Advantage
by Liz PleasantNov 20, 2015
- Is intelligence really all it's cracked up to be? Author John Lloyd explains the value of ignorance.
Where Have Our Corpses Gone? How America's Death Phobia May Be Hurting Us
by Liz PleasantOct 30, 2015
- Los Angeles-based mortician Caitlin Doughty talks about America’s tendency to keep dead bodies out of sight, and how that may be bad for our families and communities.
A Lifelong Search for Real Education
by Julia PutnamOct 06, 2015
- Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs brought people together to rebuild inner-city Detroit and to teach the things you can’t learn in a classroom. At 94, Grace is still at it.
Video: People of All Ages Tell Their Slightly Younger Selves How to Age Gracefully
by Liz PleasantSep 09, 2015
- “Nobody knows what the hell they’re doing,” and other tips from people older than you.
School Behind Bars: How College Kids and Incarcerated Youth Benefit From Learning Together
by Nur LaljiAug 12, 2015
- Graduates of an “Inside-Out” program in Oregon say that the experience transformed the way they see the prison system—and themselves.
How My Family Farm Is Like a Team of Superheros
by Shannon HayesJun 26, 2015
- As I begin to take over my parent’s farm, I’ve learned how important it is for my family to celebrate our strengths, acknowledge our weaknesses, and work together as a team.
Like to Blame Others When Bad Things Happen? Here's What You're Missing Out On
by Liz PleasantMay 29, 2015
- This best-selling author explains why blame is bad for us and our relationships.
This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers
by Peter D'AuriaMar 27, 2015
- “Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.
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.
Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme
by Roman KrznaricNov 06, 2014
- Want to learn to change the world with empathy? Get ready to learn from the masters.
Video: Instead of Paying Our Kids to Do Their Homework, Let’s Teach Them Gratitude
by Kayla SchultzOct 31, 2014
- At this pay-it-forward restaurant, everyone's meal is paid for by previous guests—out of generosity. Karma Kitchen's founder on how kindness became contagious
Video: A Bear and Fox Show Why Empathy Brings Us Closer than Sympathy
Oct 03, 2014
- Empathy involves a deeper connection than sympathy does, and often means sharing a bit of emotional vulnerability.