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Happiness

"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..."—Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives

Teachers don't always know the challenges kids deal with outside of the classroom. Sometimes talking can make all the difference.

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Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses

The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.

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Happiness

Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy‏. Really!

From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to “slow living” to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization.

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Happiness

How I Learned to Ask For Handouts (No Matter How Weird It Feels)

Farming and writing don't bring home the bacon—why I'm no longer ashamed to ask my community to help.

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Happiness

We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life

City living is changing animals in surprising ways. But they’re also transforming the cities they share with us.

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New Economy

What If Uber Were a Unionized, Worker-Owned Co-Op? These Denver Cabbies Are Making It Happen

Workers at app-driven companies like Uber don’t have the rights of full employees. But with the help of traditional unions, some are banding together into worker-owned cooperatives.

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8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline

TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.

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Planet

In a Win for Opponents of Mountaintop Removal, W.Va. Govt Decides to Study Health Impacts

The state's shift in approach is also good news for environmentalists worldwide, who want to see more urgency in transitioning away from fossil fuels.

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People Power

It's Time to Think Boldly About Building a New American System

The inability of politics to address poverty, climate change, and other basic challenges has fueled extraordinary experimentation in American communities. Welcome to a new conversation on how we make change happen.

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Nature Needs a New Pronoun: To Stop the Age of Extinction, Let's Start by Ditching "It"

Calling the natural world “it” absolves us of moral responsibility and opens the door to exploitation. Here's what we can say instead.http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/housing-first-solution-to-homelessness-utah

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This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers

“Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.

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Call for Submissions: Debt, Power, and Life After Loans

Rolling Jubilee, debtors unions, underwater mortgages, and more: We're about to dive deep into debt. Send us your pitches by April 13!

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People Power

"Shame Cannot Survive Empathy": Monica Lewinsky Was the Internet's First Victim. Here's How She Bounced Back

In 1998, the brutal public shaming Lewinsky underwent was an online phenomenon we'd never seen before. Today, it's a growing trend that can only be curbed by compassion.

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Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present

In this selection from his new book, the poet and farmer Wendell Berry connects the dangers of the future to a failure to live fully in the here and now.

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New Economy

How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee

Labels like "fair trade" and "direct trade" indicate food is ethically sourced—but how do you know what they really mean, and whether they're effective?

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New Economy

A March Madness Makeover: 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball

March Madness is now a bigger cash cow than the Super Bowl, but in college sports the only people not getting a piece of the billion-dollar pie are the players.

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Happiness

Why “Broad City” Is the Perfect Comedy for the Student Debt Generation

The Comedy Central show allows millennials of a specific demographic—and even those outside of it—to laugh at the situation the 1 percent has handed them.

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Happiness

7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked

Are housewives less ambitious than career women? Are they bad feminists? Read on to go beyond the stereotypes.

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Old Leaves, New Wisdom

This Visual Learning Lesson will get your students thinking about what modern civilization can learn from ancient texts and traditions.

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This Marine Biologist Taught at Occupy Camps. Now She’s Written Curriculum to Inspire Students to Action.

Middle school and high school students constantly hear about the many challenges our society faces—from fracking to police shootings to corporatization. What they don’t hear enough about is what they can do to make their world better.

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Ecological Footprint Calculator

Take the Ecological Footprint quiz to measure your impact, and explore solutions to leave a kinder, gentler impression on Mother Earth. Bonus: K-12 Climate Change Week activities

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Monarchs and Ballerinas: How Butterflies Turn My Students Into Earth Heroes

Minnuette Rodriguez teaches biology at the Julian E. Blanco Specialized Ballet School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2012, she started a small butterfly nursery to help her students strengthen their connection to nature. As students watch the butterflies’ transformations from egg to adult, Minnuette watches her students transform themselves. This is Minnuette’s story.

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Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya

The Brixton Pound, Koru Kenya, and Mazacoin are all attempting to achieve a common goal: empowering people in a monetarily unequal world, from the bottom up.

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3 Rad Vegan Chefs Share Their Inspiration (and Recipes!)

And agree that healthy, sustainable cooking can still be delicious and enjoyed by all.

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New Economy

Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea

We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.

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New Economy

Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies

Exactly how much difference do “new economy” organizations make? Economists looked into it, and here are a few of their results.

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People Power

“The Internet Is My Lifeline”: Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote

The political artist from Pittsburgh speaks about the importance of the Internet and social media in making the voices of low-income people of color heard.

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When the Grandmothers Awoke

Becoming a global family, one that unites ancient indigenous wisdom with other faith and cultural traditions, is essential if humanity is to overcome the crises of climate change.

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