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What Makes a Great Place?

Imagine a city where music, theater, and festivals celebrate the rainbow of cultures, where creeks run through and fresh produce comes in daily from nearby farms, where young and old gather in the great places of their community. Summer 2005.

Media That Set Us Free

If we are to have the public conversations essential to taking on serious dilemmas from climate change to criminal justice reform, we need forums for those conversations. Media can facilitate the conversations or shut them down, open up or constrain our beliefs about what is possible and desirable. Spring 2005.

Healing & Resistance

Although our political divide is rooted in vastly different stories about what is happening, why, and what should be done about it, people know in their bones that we can't continue as we are. Let's build on that energy to form a vibrant, diverse, and powerful political force. Winter 2005.

Can We Live Without Oil?

The age of oil may well be coming to an end, and the transition will not be easy. Will we choose to do what needs to be done? Fall 2004.

What Is The Good Life?

Is the American Dream really the good life? Is there a way to live the good life that both brings happiness and requires far less of the earth? Can the quest for the good life be a completely private matter? Summer 2004.

A Conspiracy of Hope

Many think the global movement against unfair trade started in Seattle 1999. But going back over 200 years, people have reached across borders to end the slave trade, shame a brutal colonial regime, and bring respite to laborers of the industrial revolution. Spring 2004.

Whose Water?

Whose water? The answer may be one that is both simple and full of implications—water belongs to everyone and to no one. It is fundamentally a commons, which we all must care for, but which none of us can own. Winter 2004.

Government of the People

To use a metaphor from Albert Einstein, our task is to expand our circle of compassion. Each expansion of our circle of expansion teaches the larger society new values and insights, keeps our culture fresh, and deepens the meaning of our democracy. Fall 2003.

Finding Courage

As reports pour in of the horror of war, a poet and activist finds a place of beauty—while being arrested. Go ahead: Let joy feed your passion and strength. Summer 2003.

Our Planet, Our Selves

Michael Lerner on the emerging environmental health movement, kids and chemicals, and bringing fresh food and gardens to a toxic and poverty-ridden area. Spring 2003.

What Would Democracy Look Like?

Vandan Shiva on Earth Democracy and clean elections. Lani Guinier on redefining power, citizenship, and the end of poverty. Winter 2003.

Living Economies

Do we want a living, diverse, democratically accountable market economy, founded in communities and cities throughout the world? Featuring 12 things to do now about corporations, how to unleash our hidden wealth, and economies for life by David Korten. Fall 2002.

The Art and Community Issue

Cultural and community expression; and how art can build bridges, heal hurts, and connect us to nature. Summer 2002.

What Does It Mean to Be an American Now?

The Soul of America by Jacob Needleman, American Women by Sally Roesch Wagner, A Place for Dignity by Carol Estes, and an interview with Harry Belafonte. Spring 2002.

Can Love Save the World?

We are the ones we have been waiting for! Alternative responses to 9-11, pacifism with teeth, the heart of a Muslim, listening as a subversive act, and a prisoner's spiritual journey. Winter 2002.

Technology: Who Chooses?

Who's in charge of technology? Richard Sclove on citizens reclaiming the right to choose, Jill Bamburg on radical technologies, and Janine Benyus on nature's designs. Prospects for a hydrogen economy and a solar future. Fall 2001.

Reclaiming the Commons

Jonathan Rowe, David Bollier, and Kari McGinnis discuss the hidden commons while Donella Meadows explores your share of the global commons. Summer 2001.

Working for Life

How you can quit the rat race, discover your vocation, and save the earth; with Parker Palmer, Danny Glover, Judy Wicks, Matthew Fox, Juliet Schor. Also, Bill McKibben on climate change and Walden Bello on the Year of Global Protest. Spring 2001.

A New Culture Emerges

Cultural breakthroughs—from creativity to freedom to justice. Winter 2001.

Is It Time to Close the Prisons?

A look into the prison-industrial complex: Why does the "home of the free" lock up 2 million men, women, boys, and girls—most of them poor people of color? Fall 2000.

Food for Life

There is an alternative to factory farms and industrial agriculture, and it makes everybody—farmers, neighbors, consumers, and especially pigs—lots happier. Summer 2000.

The New Stories Issue

Thomas Berry called for a story to replace the one that motivates the destruction of Earth's ecosystems and communities. These new stories penetrate what it means to be human, our ways of welcoming new life, and our beliefs about what we will leave behind. Spring 2000.

Changing the Climate

Signs of an increasingly chaotic climate are turning up in flooded towns, melting ice caps, starving wildlife, and overheated cities. Scientists are warning us—the time to act is now. Winter 2000.

Power of One

Tips for transformational leaders, finding your calling, people who orient their lives around the common good, and an interview with Marin Espada. Fall 1999.

Cities of Exuberance

Diverse, green, beautiful cities—reclaim the streets and revitalize your community. Summer 1999.
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