People Power

The Big Picture: 5 Ways to Know if You’re Making a Difference
by David Korten
In this special pre-publication excerpt of the 2nd edition of Agenda for a New Economy, David Korten explains how we can help live the new economy that we need into being.
Detroit’s Renewal: Can It Inspire the Social Forum?
by Sarah van Gelder
Detroit is known for its decay, violence, and gas-guzzling cars. With thousands of activists coming to town, will it also become known as a source of hope?
A Victory for Appalachia
by Sandra Diaz
The days of rubber stamping permits for mountaintop removal coal mining are over, for now.
Where Do Our Carbon Emissions Come From, Anyway?
by Richard Conlin
Seattle is working to become America's first climate neutral city. But first, it has to figure out where its carbon comes from.
What’s Next for the Nuclear Disarmament Movement?
by Lawrence S. Wittner
Can a dazzling long-term mission—the abolition of nuclear weapons—be achieved through a series of small victories, like those of the last 19 months?
Beyond the Blame Game
by Rabbi Ted Falcon
How can we step into the experience of the other and learn that true dialogue is possible only when blame is shared.
Hate Groups? Not in Our School
When an anti-gay hate group decided to visit their school, the students of Gunn High drowned out their protest with a celebration of acceptance.
Leymah Gbowee: A Powerful Voice for Peace
by Kwami Nyamidie
Leymah Gbowee's commitment to nonviolent resistance helped stop the Liberian civil war. She now helps other women promote peace throughout Africa.
Weaving A Great Turning: Transition Albany Takes It Step-by-Step
by Pamela O'Malley Chang
A follow-up on the efforts to transform a 1.7-square-mile California town into a self-sufficient and resilient community.
What Are People Doing About the Gulf Disaster?
by Sarah van Gelder
In the last week, anger at the BP oil disaster has turned into action.
The School Lunch Revolution
by Mark Winne
A new book uncovers the best reasons yet for unconditional school food reform.
Perseverance: Lost in the Gulf of Mexico
by Margaret Wheatley
We need to surrender our need to blame, acknowledge that we are truly lost, and then reclaim our capacity to think together if we are to find a way to solutions.
Fixing Planet Earth: A Not-So-Modest Proposal
by Michael N. Nagler
Only a nonviolent revolution, like the one led by Gandhi, can meet the challenge of the climate crisis.
Ending the Mexican Drug War: An Activist’s Advice
by Erich Moncada
Fighting rampant corruption with citizen action—in Mexico and the U.S.—is the key to peace.
Health Care Economics 101
by Ken Fabert
When it comes to health care, everyone can't have everything right away. But we can make smarter choices that don't leave anyone out in the cold.