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The Hunger Games Are Back: “Saw Mockingjay—Now I Want to Go Solve All the World's Problems”
The Hunger Games Are Back: “Saw Mockingjay—Now I Want to Go Solve All the World's Problems”
Check out #MyHungerGames—the latest installment of fan activism that gets young people talking about real-life inequality.
Posted Nov 21, 2014
Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems
Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems
New energy is transforming our cities into hotbeds of democracy and progressive innovation.
Posted Nov 19, 2014
Urban Comeback: How Cities Are Leading Us Into the Future
Urban Comeback: How Cities Are Leading Us Into the Future
At a time when nations are gridlocked and corrupted by special interests, cities are taking on poverty, social isolation, and the climate crisis.
Posted Nov 18, 2014
These 14 Teenage Inventors Built a Glove That Translates Sign Language—and Other Tech Solutions
These 14 Teenage Inventors Built a Glove That Translates Sign Language—and Other Tech Solutions
What these kids came up with will leave you wondering what adults are even doing anymore.
Posted Nov 11, 2014
Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods
Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods
From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It's about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.
Posted Nov 07, 2014
Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love
Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love
In the summers of 2012 and 2013, a group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America, visiting cooperative businesses and re-imagining the country they were about to inherit.
Posted Nov 06, 2014
Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme
Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme
Want to learn to change the world with empathy? Get ready to learn from the masters.
Posted Nov 06, 2014
North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out
North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out
In the far north of the Great Plains, you have to be a pharmacist to own a pharmacy. Next week, voters could overturn that rule—putting the state's thriving independent drugstores at risk.
Posted Oct 31, 2014
Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It's About More Than Just Getting High
Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It's About More Than Just Getting High
If those three measures pass, more states will be added to the list of places where healing from the drug war can begin, places where people will no longer face jail time because of a little nugget in their pockets.
Posted Oct 31, 2014
These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money
These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money
Two veterans trekked across America to leave behind the trauma of war and raise money for fellow vets. Now they want to offer the same healing experience to others like them.
Posted Oct 28, 2014
In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts
In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts
Jay Inslee’s multipronged approach includes meeting with farmers and members of indigenous tribes, working toward policies like cap-and-trade, and closing the state’s last coal-fired power plant.
Posted Oct 28, 2014
Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It
Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It
We can learn a lot about the future of culture wars from a “movement” of video game players angry about efforts to make gaming more welcoming for women.
Posted Oct 22, 2014
Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery
Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery
A new law allows transgender citizens to decide their own gender—and all it takes is a piece of paper.
Posted Oct 21, 2014
Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different
Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different
Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement is neither revolutionary nor subversive: It’s a basic demand for a more responsive and accountable government.
Posted Oct 20, 2014
Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country
Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country
A proposed community-owned solar project on an abandoned coal mine in Arizona illustrates how cooperative economics make it possible to stop extracting fossil fuels—without leaving workers behind.
Posted Oct 17, 2014

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