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How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally

In California and Ohio, two city governments are entrusting their citizens with budgeting and rewarding banks for valuing local communities.

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In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Will Even Want to Own a Car: 3 Simple Ideas That Are Making Cities Sustainable

An app that combines the affordability of ride sharing with the reliability of taxis. Playgrounds built as sponges for reusable greywater. From Finland to California, the cities of the future are here.

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Happiness

Video: A Letter from Your 14-Year-Old Self

Bruce Farrer has been assigning a special project to his students: a 10-page letter handwritten to themselves, which he mails back 20 years later.

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People Power

400,000 Harry Potter Fans—and J.K. Rowling—Just Won a Deal to Get Child Labor Out of Chocolate

Harry Potter stood up for his world's most vulnerable people. Now, legions of real-world kids are too—by demanding Fair Trade certification for products sold in their hero's name.

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This Rust-Belt Town’s Survival Strategy Is All About Giving Workers Control

Reading is one of Pennsylvania’s poorest cities. Can its residents turn things around by building a more democratic economy?

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Spring 2015 National Student Writing Competition: Learning that Matters

Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.

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Peace and Justice

How #FergusonSyllabus Helps Teachers Discuss Police, Racism, and History

“Teachers are better prepared because #FergusonSyllabus created a space for exchange among educators about best practices and materials for illustrating the best and worst of our democracy.”

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Happiness

Can Empathy for Birds Make Us Happier? Ten Breakthroughs in the Science of a Meaningful Life

Last year, scientists found that gratitude makes us financially smarter, mindfulness reduces racism, a little sadness makes for healthier people, and compassion for birds could help tackle climate change.

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Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead

Advocates didn’t get the public bank they wanted. But the compromise they reached in the end was still a rare and significant win over Wall Street banks.

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LA Imports Nearly 85 Percent of Its Water—Can It Change That by Gathering Rain?

The urban drainage-ways of Los Angeles can never quite look like wild creeks, but restoring some of their capacity to store, slow, and filter water fixes many problems at once.

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Infographic: Transportation for the New Generation

Walk! Bike! Ride the bus! Check out this infographic to learn how young people are leading the way in replacing driving with alternative transportation. Don’t be fooled— it’s not just because they want to save the planet.

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The Knotted Line

Get your students ready for an imaginative ride through history. The Knotted Line uses interactive media and over 50 paintings—representing historic and future events from 1495 to 2025—to explore the relationship between freedom and incarceration in America.

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Visual Learning: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

This Visual Learning Lesson uses an intriguing photo to get your students thinking about the tensions between wilderness and industry, and the importance of being a conscious consumer.

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Practicing Awareness: A Living Memorial to Four Slain Kent State Students

In the spring of 2013, Kent State Professor Karen Cunningham used the YES! Magazine article "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," to challenge students to practice empathy and compassion in their everyday lives, and then write about their experiences. The results, for both Professor Cunningham and her students, were life-changing. This is Karen’s story.

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Happiness

How “Granny Flats” and Suburban Downtowns Are Creating a Different (and Better) Kind of Density

Density has become a dirty word in some circles because people associate it with big, ugly buildings. Luckily, there are other ways to get people living close together.

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New Economy

Owning Together Is the New Sharing

Companies and startups are aspiring toward an economy, and an Internet, that is more fully ours with the use of cooperatives, "commons-based peer production," and cryptocurrencies.

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Planet

How a Low-Tech Seed Bank in Greece Preserves Thousands of Heritage Crops

Members of the Greek seed bank Peliti say that keeping their wares in production—instead of in refrigerators—improves the health of the plants they’re working to save.

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People Power

10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)

Let’s be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.

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Peace and Justice

Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother

Rick Williams asked for calm when protesters demanded justice for his brother, who was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. But he realizes that "the only way you can help change the system is show them you are a human being."

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People Power

I Can’t Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe

The late Maya Angelou said: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” When it comes to injustices like those we saw in Ferguson, we’re all part of the problem—and the solution.

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Happiness

Walking: The Secret Ingredient for Health, Wealth, and More Exciting Neighborhoods

It's been called "America's untrendiest trend." The evidence that millions of people are finally walking again is as solid as the ground beneath our feet.

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Happiness

Creeped Out by "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Try This Feminist Version

In the original song, she wants to go home, he says no, and then he spikes her drink. Blogger Dara Laine replaces the uncomfortable Christmas refrain with the female-friendly "Baby, It's Consent Inside."

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Happiness

Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work—Teenagers, Sleepovers, Alone Time, and All

How do you fit a full-sized family into a tiny house? The Morrisons and Kasls found that the benefits of life in 200 square feet outweigh the difficulties.

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Happiness

A Radical Homemaker on How to De-Stress, Have Fun, and Stay Healthy This Christmas

Tired of the spending that goes along with the holidays? The gifting frenzy? The stress? Maybe this is the year to blend a few new ideas into your holiday routine.

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What the Classics Can Teach Us About Cherishing Holiday Foods, From A Christmas Carol to Moby Dick

Can we find our way back to treasuring what comes from far away while reveling in local, abun­dant foods, whose proximity makes them affordable and sustainable?

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People Power

Black Lives Matter Protest Shuts Down Mall of America on December’s Biggest Shopping Day

This weekend, thousands converged on one of the world's biggest malls, chanting "Black people cannot breathe while you have a shopping spree." Check out our play-by-play.

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Winter 2015 National Student Writing Competition Winners

Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.

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People Power

12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014

Slacktivism? Not so much. From #BlackLivesMatter to #BringBackOurGirls, this year's best hashtags around issues of social justice brought fresh voices into some of our most important conversations.

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Happiness

“Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It

To call “Wild” a redemption film is to minimize the wide range of emotions it works with—not to mention the subtlety of Reese Witherspoon’s performance.

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Happiness

Video: This Philly Beauty Salon and Rehab Clinic Helps People Heal—With a Little Magical Realism

A new documentary, "Hollywood Beauty Salon," lets people who struggle with mental illness and addiction tell their own stories in unexpected ways.

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Peace and Justice

Kids on Chicago’s West Side Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Restorative Circles

For these Chicago students, restorative justice isn’t just about causing less harm to those around us. It’s also about actively creating safety, on their own terms.

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Neighbors Helped This Immigrant-Owned Dry Cleaner in Boston Go Nontoxic—and Stay in Business

Organizations that aim to reduce the use of toxic chemicals have long focused on shutting down offending businesses. But this story from Boston shows another way.

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