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PLANET  

Photo by Ann Gord Photos How to Build Green on a Budget

Jennifer Atlee   |   May 25, 2012

The challenge: build the greenest houses on earth—and make them affordable.   MORE »



Photo by Brian Wolfe A Last (Chemical) Gasp for Bees?

Shannan Stoll   |   May 24, 2012

Colony collapse disorder threatens food crops valued at $15 billion a year. New research says farm chemicals put our food system at risk.    MORE »



Ella photo courtesy of Ella Jenkins Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green

Doug Pibel   |   May 23, 2012

With 5 million houses in foreclosure, we are rediscovering that living sustainably includes living affordably.    MORE »



NEW ECONOMY  

Photo by Capsicina Treaty Like It’s 1999: Connecting the Dots on Trade

Raj Patel   |   May 25, 2012

From Japan, Raj Patel on the expansion of the Trans-Pacific trade agreement and the homegrown battle to stop it.   MORE »



The Rise of the New Economy Movement

Gar Alperovitz   |   May 23, 2012

There’s economic reform, and then there’s economic transformation. How entrepreneurs, activists, and theorists are laying the groundwork for a very different economy.   MORE »



Photo by Gualterio Pulviren A Fair Trade iPad? How Apple Could Change the Industry's Game

Heidi Bruce   |   May 01, 2012

This year's public outcry against Apple and Foxconn factory conditions might finally point electronics production in a fairer direction.   MORE »



HAPPINESS  

House Illustration We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share

Doug Pibel   |   May 24, 2012

Just 60 years ago, the average American had 291 square feet of living space. Now it’s close to 1,000 square feet. Have we changed our needs that much? Or just our wants?   MORE »



Hunger Games still by Murray Close Five Lessons in Human Goodness from “The Hunger Games”

Jeremy Adam Smith   |   May 18, 2012

The dystopian tale is really about compassion, empathy, and cooperation, argues Jeremy Adam Smith—and there's scientific reason for that.   MORE »



PEOPLE POWER  

Barack Obama Poster Creating Change is the People’s Job

Deepak Bhargava   |   May 23, 2012

We—not just the president—have to be the agents of change in our society. How do we extend our electoral organizing beyond the elections?   MORE »



Fighting Foreclosure Together

Laura Gottesdiener   |   May 21, 2012

The demand for housing justice is bringing activists from different ideologies together to fight—and win—against foreclosures.   MORE »



VIDEO OF THE WEEK   

Invincible: Detroit’s Homegrown, Hip-Hop Activism

May 01, 2012

Powerful, passionate, and politically charged rhymes that speak for marginalized people.   MORE »
Ilana "Invincible" Weaver



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