“Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens
by Kate AronoffJan 17, 2015
- Neither a “great man” history of Martin Luther King Jr., nor a tale of forgotten underdogs, Selma is about skilled activists building a movement.
A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control
by Andy Lee RothJan 16, 2015
- What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?
How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally
by Shannan StollJan 16, 2015
- In California and Ohio, two city governments are entrusting their citizens with budgeting and rewarding banks for valuing local communities.
Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead
by Alexis GoldsteinJan 07, 2015
- 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.
Laid-Off Baltimore Workers Beat Disney in Court—And Ask All the Right Questions About Urban Development
by Christina ArrisonJan 06, 2015
- By some estimates, the city of Baltimore has sunk more than $1.5 billion into its Inner Harbor. Workers and residents want their share too.
Owning Together Is the New Sharing
by Nathan SchneiderDec 30, 2014
- 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.
How a Low-Tech Seed Bank in Greece Preserves Thousands of Heritage Crops
by Jeffrey AndreoniDec 29, 2014
- 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.
10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)
by Sarah van GelderDec 29, 2014
- Let’s be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.
Creeped Out by "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Try This Feminist Version
Dec 24, 2014
- 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."
12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014
by Lindsey WeedstonDec 19, 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.
UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up
by Jim ShultzDec 11, 2014
- Negotiators have stopped trying to win a binding international agreement on carbon emissions. Now it’s up to the people to push our governments to action.
The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity
by Fran KortenDec 10, 2014
- Democratic ownership, localized food production, and a shift to renewables are key principles in this growing movement to re-envision our economy.
Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season
by Mary HansenDec 09, 2014
- If you close the Amazon app, get off the couch, and shop at independent shops this holiday season, you could be helping rebuild your local economy.
An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food
by Richard SchiffmanDec 09, 2014
- “While not every traditional variety tastes great or looks great, its genetics may be invaluable 50 or 100 years from now when the climate is different.”
Video: Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Reconciliation Process—Which Is Needed Now More Than Ever
by Kayla SchultzDec 05, 2014
- A singing flash mob honors the passing of Nelson Mandela, who died one year ago this week and helped establish South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation process after apartheid.