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HAPPINESS  

In Bogota, locals take advantage of the annual car-free days started by Penalosa.  Photo by pattoncito. flickr.com/photos/pattoncito Happy Cities for the Global South: Interview with Enrique Peñalosa

Jay Walljasper   |   Jul 02, 2010

Former Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa is convincing city planners from Beijing to Mexico City to create lively public spaces that center around people and community, not cars.    MORE »



Clothesline. Photo by Chiot's Run. flickr.com/photos/chiotsrun Live Dangerously: 10 Easy Steps

Shannon Hayes   |   Jun 28, 2010

When Shannon Hayes made a list of easy steps for becoming a radical homemaker, she didn’t realize just how revolutionary they were.   MORE »



PEOPLE POWER  

Fed up with Facebook and its limited privacy controls,  four NYU college students began designing their ideal social networking site, Diaspora. The Diaspora project hopes to have its first iteration of the software available in September 2010.  Photo courtesy of On the Commons. www.onthecommons.org/kids-are-alright Better Than Facebook?

David Bollier   |   Jun 30, 2010

Fed up with Facebook's commercialism, four NYU students have created an open source, peer-to-peer alternative: Diaspora.   MORE »



PEACE & JUSTICE  

Photo by Eva Blue. flickr.com/photos/evablue Every Teacher a Peace Teacher

David Jackson Cook   |   Jun 29, 2010

In middle school, high school, and college classrooms, I teach that nonviolence, peace, and justice are not utopian dreams but real and practical ways in which humans can affect the world around them.   MORE »



NEW ECONOMY  

YES! Executive Editor Sarah van Gelder interviews David Korten at the US Social Forum Bailouts Redefined: Interview with David Korten

Sarah van Gelder   |   Jun 28, 2010

David Korten on how a new economy can bail out both people and nature.   MORE »



Domestic Workers United at a press conference. Photo courtesy domesticworkersunited.org First Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Passes

Elizabeth DiNovella   |   Jun 28, 2010

The National Domestic Workers Alliance, which formed three years ago at the 2007 US Social Forum, celebrates the recent passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New York.    MORE »



Book cover of The Value of Nothing, by Raj Patel A Call for a Democratic Economy

Zach Carter   |   Jun 25, 2010

Raj Patel offers a stunning defense of democracy and a how-to guide for social justice activists of the next century.   MORE »



PLANET  

Sandwiches in resusable cloth bags Step Away From the Plastic Bag

Kim Eckart   |   Jun 25, 2010

Our associate editor experiments with life after plastic bags.   MORE »



VIDEO OF THE WEEK   

The Web as Random Acts of Kindness

Jun 22, 2010

Jonathan Zittrain gives reason to hope for the future of the Internet.   MORE »
Jonathan Zittrain speaking at the TED Talks conference. TED.com
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