Death is a universal certainty, yet most Americans’ interactions with it are limited to times of crisis. The Death Issue invites us to explore “a good death”—how to prepare ourselves
This issue asks us to move through the world differently as we travel, to more deeply consider the places we visit and the people who live there. You’ll get ideas for how to radicalize the trips you take so they do more to create a fairer exchange: by supporting local economies, building real relationships, protecting natural resources, and taking the time to learn the political and historical truth about these places.
Somewhere in time, humans’ natural relationship to soil became broken. This issue explores how communities are reconnecting to the earth and fixing the damage, turning lifeless dirt into fertile soil. By returning to a culture that loves its soil, we can grow healthy food and make it available to everyone. In turn, healthy soils will heal our bodies and the planet. It’s time to get dirty.
To fix this country’s rising inequality, we need to use the vast amount of wealth we have already—capital—in better ways than gambling on Wall Street and propping up capitalism’s favorite destructive industries. In this issue, we look at opportunities to invest in communities and improve people’s lives with our biggest pots of money—tax dollars, philanthropy endowments, and fossil fuel divestments.
Nearly 50 percent of Americans will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lifetime. Anxiety, depression, and addiction are on the rise. Why? And what can we do about it? In this issue, we look at the culture, economics, and politics that play a significant role in everyone’s mental health, and the many community responses that are helping to heal us.
A decade after the housing market crash, too few homes are available where they’re needed. In places where there are enough homes, for sale or for rent, prices are increasingly out of reach for people who aren’t wealthy. The affordability challenge is different for each city, so communities are borrowing ideas from each other, then innovating. People, too, are shifting expectations to create affordable homes.
American white supremacy can be traced back colonialism. In this issue we explore the extent to which ending economic, cultural, and racial oppression is possible. What movements are countering the colonialist power structures? What’s working to support self-determination? We turned to Indigenous writers and photographers to tell those stories.
As capitalism continues to enrich the wealthiest at the expense of everyone else, it’s easy to feel defeated. But there are other stories to tell—the stories of communities full of generous people who are finding ways to lift each other up. In this issue you'll learn how to build solidarity economies based on joy. From how we shop to how we build our homes and livelihoods, we can help bring justice—and joy—to others.
The transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy is underway. That’s good news for the planet as well as the disadvantaged communities that bear an outsized burden of the extractive economy. As we make this transition, now is the moment to make sure the emerging economic system addresses the injustices of the old. Our fall 2017 issue looks at specific paths toward a “just transition”—one built on inclusivity and equity.
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