People Power

One Solution to Make Women Scientists More Visible
by Jennifer Luxton
Put them on posters.
Why AARP Is Backing a New Lobbying Group for Millennials
by J. Gabriel Ware
AARP has awarded the Association of Young Americans a $35,000 grant—and both organizations say it’s just the beginning of their relationship.
How Special Elections Could Cost the Republicans
by Mark Trahant
This week, Georgia heads to the polls. Last week, the GOP in Kansas barely earned a win.
In Berlin, a Model for Creative and Affordable Housing
by Sarah van Gelder
Cities with vibrant arts, music, and social scenes are being hit hard by gentrification. But Berlin’s “co-housing culture” shows that a city’s future doesn’t have to go that way.
How One Person’s Small, Brave Compost Pile Changed New York City
by Colin Beavan
While we work to make our government budge, don’t forget that we can also make change ourselves by starting small and local.
The Kendall Jenner Pepsi Memes Made You a Better Person. Think About It
by Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez
Those cleverly captioned photos shared on social media can spark conversations and help build empathy.
CEOs Now Make 300 Times More Than Their Workers. This City Is Putting a Stop to That
by Chuck Collins
Runaway CEO pay contributes to income inequality and ultimately harms companies, so local governments aren’t waiting for a federal fix.
Portland Public Schools First to Put Global Climate Justice in Classroom
by Melissa Hellmann
Students learn about the front lines of global warming and how to be climate activists.
Wildfires Are Essential: The Forest Service Embraces a Tribal Tradition
by Nathan Gilles
The Karuk were once denied the right to practice an ancient tradition. Now scientific and resource management circles are seeing the merits of controlled burning.
Photo Essay: These Sculptures Tell the Story of the First Japanese Americans Sent to Camps
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
The memorial wall is 276 feet long—one foot for every Japanese person who lived on Bainbridge Island in 1942.
How a Faculty Fast Pushed a University to Finally Denounce Trump’s Travel Ban
by Will Meyer
In South Carolina, a university president’s middle-of-the-road response to the executive order sparked a string of campuswide resistance efforts to protect the rights of international students.
Rosie the Riveter for the 21st Century: You Dreamed, We Drew
by Jennifer Luxton
Readers submitted their ideas for updating the classic icon. See the winning poster ideas—and download your favorites.
An Outside-the-Doctor’s-Office Approach to Health Care
by Daphne Miller
Research is showing that health care can be an engine for community change.
Signs of Revolution in a Not-Yet-Great America
by Peter Buffett
Since the president sees himself foremost as a negotiator, perhaps it’s time for a negotiated revolution. Not to break us apart, but to bring us together.
The Real Work Can Begin When We Allow Uncertainty
by Colin Beavan
Our current political climate is volatile, scary, and uncertain. But maybe the not knowing and the confusion will finally allow us to arrive at a true beginning.