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Economics And The Environment: Why Oregon Plans To Go Coal-free

Past the debate around Solyndra and tension around how, exactly, government should support green tech, another energy story is emerging. The combination of new emissions regulations and cheaper alternative energy…

End Malaria: Michael Stanier on publishing, impact and the possibility virus

It’s sometimes a stretch to see how buying a product can solve a cause, but with his new book End Malaria: Bold Innovation, Limitless Generosity, and the Opportunity to Save…

Sports to Share: an interview with Dina Buchbinder

Large-scale global initiatives can be challenging to interpret on a local level, especially when they involve goals for children and education. Deport-es para Compartir seeks to render the UN Millennium…

Xóchitl Castañeda on helping farm workers (who grow our food) stay healthy themselves

We often think of agricultural workers as healthy, physically active and surrounded by produce, but obesity and diabetes are at epidemic levels in many farm-worker communities. Researchers at the University…

Getting life off the page and into the reader’s imagination: an interview with Tracy Kidder

Can writers promote causes for social change, and should they? Tracy Kidder is author of numerous essays and books of fiction and nonfiction, and is recently best known for Mountains…

Are we outgrowing how we grow?

Could we have outgrown modern agriculture? Dr. E Ann Clark thinks “agriculture was never designed to be sustainable,” and argues in recent research that we need to re-vision our food…

Opposing child labor with consumer demand: Nina Smith of GoodWeave

April 16th marks the anniversary of the death of Pakistani rug-slave-turned-activist Iqbal Massih who championed work against child labor and inspired the work of GoodWeave, a market-based solution to child…

Smaller isn’t always greener: why aren’t American homes more efficient?

Average American homes today are using essentially the same amount of energy per year as they were in 1970s – which seems odd, given the improvement of heating systems and…

Retelling and rethinking masculinity

Why are gender-based issues primarily considered “women’s” issues? Josie Lehrer founded the Men’s Story Project (MSP) to rethink this faulty truism. Intended for local replication, the MSP uses performance and…

Why you should chew your news longer

Have to have all your news the minute it breaks? The new Delayed Gratification Quarterly is working to change your mind. Started by Rob Orchard and Marcus Webb’s Slow Journalism…

New York City’s bike share program to launch in 2012

New York City has been on a green-bent the last few years. The city kicked cars out of portions of Times Square creating pedestrian enclaves and painted a green network…

How to get action on climate change? Hint: Don’t scare us out of our wits.

We’ve been told time and time again that telling a child they can’t do something just makes them want to do it more. It is particularly difficult to resist a…

Interview: Allison Mannos of City of Lights on advocating for a diverse cycling community

Bikes may be trendy, but they are also just a way to get around. How can people who use bikes in different ways be united for the good of the…

Interview: A Spoke to reinvent fast food

Could a jiu-jitsu approach to fast food be the best way to beat it? 24-year-old entrepreneurs David Gumbiner, Deborah Meisel and Ian Sherman of The Udon Project formed The Spoke…

Mini Case Study: How to leverage social media for action not just commentary

PROBLEM: While some applaud the power of social media to create social change, others doubt that information and discussion moves users to action. This fall, Malcolm Gladwell took a strong…