People Power

Can We Learn About Empathy From Torturing Robots? This MIT Researcher Is Giving It a Try
by Nur Lalji
Should we treat robots sort of like animals, or strictly as tools? Researcher Kate Darling says the time has come to take these questions seriously.
Truth and Reconciliation at Work: How These Commissions Help Heal Wounds From Racial Injustice
by Fania Davis
Fania Davis explains how Truth and Reconciliation Commissions can help communities heal from a history of racial violence and oppression.
17 Ways You Can Work For Social Justice
by Nina Flores
Be present, question assumptions, and be loud! Social transformation starts with everyday people working for change.
Why Bree Newsome’s Action Was the “Amazing Grace” I Needed
by Tanya Steele
She showed us that we liberate ourselves through our actions. She reminded us, in the midst of deep sorrow, that we, who want to see a better America, must keep living, fighting, breathing, doing.
Obama’s Push for Corporate Rule: A Moment of Opportunity
by David Korten
Call it populism versus corporatism or democracy versus corporate rule. Either way, it is a far more meaningful political division than two political parties debating big government versus small.
How a White Supremacist Became a Civil Rights Activist
by Araz Hachadourian
The story of a KKK leader’s transformation shows us that we need not live forever with the kind of violence we saw in Charleston last week.
Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances
by Sarah Anderson
Critics of the TPP forged relationship with foreign allies, firmed up union positions, and forced some concessions on the secrecy of the text.
Watch Jon Stewart’s Moving Comments on Charleston Shooting and Racism in America‏
by Liz Pleasant
For once, Stewart had no jokes to offer.
Meet the Scientist Breeding More Resilient Bees (And 4 Other People Working to Save the Pollinators)
by Miles Schneiderman
With honeybee populations on the decline, scientists, lawyers, and even artists have set out to save humanity's most important pollinators.
Video: On the Water With Seattle “Kayaktivists” Who Stood Up to Big Oil
by Jennifer Luxton
They couldn’t stop the massive rig from heading to Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. But they seem to have invented a new, waterborne form of activism along the way.
Can Money Help Shrink Jail Populations? The MacArthur Foundation Is Betting $75M on It
by Puck Lo
The grants will help jail systems develop a plan for eliminating “the overuse and misuse of jails.” But prisoner advocate Dan Berger says this doesn’t address larger issues like police bias and racism.
150 Years Later, Two Universities Answer for Their Founder's Role in the Sand Creek Massacre
by Ned Blackhawk
Under pressure from students and community members, Northwestern University and University of Denver take the first steps towards righting historic wrongs.
Ursula K. Le Guin Calls on Fantasy and Sci Fi Writers to Envision Alternatives to Capitalism
by Araz Hachadourian
This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system.
Is Populism Making a Comeback? What You Need to Know About Its History—And Its Future
by Fran Korten
The 19th century populists gave us co-ops and workers' rights. Here's how we can build on their work to solve 21st century problems.
Can America Heal After Ferguson? We Asked Desmond Tutu and His Daughter
by Fania Davis, Sarah van Gelder
South Africans surprised everyone by transitioning to a relatively peaceful post-apartheid society. Here’s what Americans can learn.