Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On
by Erika LundahlFeb 20, 2014
- A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages—and housing officials are taking notice.
New Video from Harry Potter Director Promotes Tax on Wall Street
by John Cavanagh, Robin BroadFeb 18, 2014
- The video, set in 2024, shows European bankers looking back at the passage of a tax that brought "serious money to the fight against extreme poverty."
A Passion for Peppers: The Movement to Save New Mexico's Treasured Chiles
by Nina Bunker RuizFeb 14, 2014
- New Mexico's traditional landrace chile varieties have adapted to hot days, cold nights, and long dry spells. But can they survive modern agribusiness?
A "Pay-It-Forward" Approach to Funding Solar Power
by Corey HillFeb 05, 2014
- Donations to a California nonprofit don't just fund one solar installation, but circulate from one project to the next.
As Trans-Pacific Partnership Falters, Opponents Go After Fence-Sitting Pols
by James TrimarcoFeb 03, 2014
- A trade deal likely to harm environmental and labor protections may be losing momentum. But it's not dead yet.
To Truly Address Inequality, Let's Build a People-Centered Economy
by Laura FlandersJan 30, 2014
- The high-tech hubs and natural gas drilling the president called for in his state of the union speech aren't the answer to our economic woes. Instead, we need to follow the leadership already coming from communities, workers, and small-business owners.
Obama Calls for "Opportunity for All": 8 Policies to Make It Happen
by Sarah van GelderJan 29, 2014
- While the president outlined important steps forward last night, bolder steps are needed. Here are eight with the power to truly create the universal opportunity the president called for.
How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive
by Erin L. McCoyJan 13, 2014
- Produce auctions are getting fresh vegetables into food deserts, building community, and helping rural farmers earn a living.
10 Clever Ideas From Around the World to Root Out Inequality (Like Fining Extreme CEO Pay)
by Sam PizzigatiJan 08, 2014
- From Switzerland to New York, it seems like people are talking more than ever about inequality—and its antidotes. Here are some of the most promising and provocative ideas from last year that could shift our course in 2014.
After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy
by Laura FlandersJan 03, 2014
- The people of New York’s poorest borough fought to ensure that redevelopment of its castle-like landmark will benefit those who live there. Will it be a gamechanger?
An Economy That Benefits Ordinary People? What We Learned From the 1%
by George Goehl, Bree CarlsonDec 31, 2013
- When thinking 40 years into the future, people step out of the current political situation, and our sense of what's possible becomes much more expansive. We are not only able to think bigger—we crave it.
Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now!
Dec 31, 2013
- From new leadership in the fight against climate change to an uprising in the education system, there's a lot to be excited about in 2014.
10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come
by Sarah van GelderDec 27, 2013
- Beyond the headlines of conflict and catastrophe, this year’s top stories offered us some powerful proof that the world can still change—for the better.
Philly’s New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost?
by Jake BlumgartDec 27, 2013
- The city is home to more than 40,000 vacant properties. Now neighborhoods are hoping a new public entity can help them bounce back from the post-industrial blues.
Only 4 Percent of the Lowest-Wage Workers Get Paid Family Leave: Could a New Law Change This?
by Elizabeth Ben-IshaiDec 12, 2013
- Many small businesses do want to give their workers paid time off to care for new babies and sick family members, but lack the means. How a new bill could make it possible.