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 Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions

Birthdays are opportunities to celebrate the life and development of a person. Photo by Scarleth White The Birthday Balloon

Shannon Hayes   |  Mar 11, 2010

Do children need a pile of wrapped toys in order to know that their family and friends are delighted and honored that they share this lifetime with us? Somewhere in our consumer culture, we have confused material items with expressions of love.   MORE »

Pop star Brett Dennen performs his songs at The Mosaic Project. Photo courtesy The Mosaic Project Brett Dennen on the Healing Power of Music

Madeline Ostrander   |  Mar 11, 2010

The popular musician got his start—and his inspiration—using songs to help kids confront prejudice.   MORE »

By breaking free of our expectations about our own limitations, we're better able to serve others. Image by Hiking Artist Ending the Trance, Answering the Call

Ted Falcon   |  Mar 9, 2010

Our task is to become conscious of the ways in which we believe ourselves limited by the current conditions of our lives. We are called to remember, and to open to greater purpose.   MORE »


In May 1957, NATO observers watch a nuclear explosion at the Nevada Test Site. Photo courtesy of the United States Department of Energy. NATO Goes Anti-Nuclear?

Alice Slater   |  Mar 11, 2010

There is extraordinary momentum behind calls to abolish nuclear weapons, with other NATO members challenging the U.S. to keep up.   MORE »


Charging stations, like this one in Portland, Oregon, are key to the viability of an electric vehicle industry. Photo by Adventures of Pam & Frank Plug In Your Ride

Rik Langendoen   |  Mar 10, 2010

It is finally happening. Electric charging station networks—one of the key components to the acceptance and use of electric vehicles—are starting to appear around the world.    MORE »


Construction equipment languishes in a shipping lot after the Icelandic economic collapse of 2008. Photo by Iarsm Iceland Busts the Banksters

John Nichols   |  Mar 10, 2010

In a symbolic decision, democracy trumps capital as Icelanders say “no” to big bank bailouts.    MORE »

Photo by Dave Morris Living in Borrowed Times

Chuck Collins   |  Mar 5, 2010

Communities are facing their personal debt—while learning why we can no longer fund economic growth by borrowing from future prosperity.   MORE »

video of the week   

Image from Weatherize video of green jobs in Newark, NJ Green-collar Jobs in Newark, New Jersey

Mar 9, 2010

A weatherization program in Newark, New Jersey, is creating jobs and helping low-income residents save money.   MORE »

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