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Time-banking is a model for trading skills, goods, and labor instead of money. There are close to 500 such banks across the country.
Araz Hachadourian | Jan 24, 2018
Meet the young 1 percenters who decided to invest their wealth in places that long experienced exploitation.
Araz Hachadourian | Jan 10, 2018
With no major labels in Minneapolis, this hip-hop group started their own label.
Araz Hachadourian | Dec 20, 2017
The Northern California Fibershed aims to skirt the rampant waste of resources in the apparel industry.
Araz Hachadourian | Dec 19, 2017
When large institutions like universities and hospitals agree to hire and spend locally, they can transform neighborhoods hardest hit by poverty and unemployment.
In the heat zone of Louisville, Kentucky, 170 residents have been trained as “citizen foresters.”
In Oregon, incarcerated women stay connected with their children through special visitations and virtual parent-teacher conferences.
Worker-ownership economics catch on in Ohio, Nevada, and North Carolina.
From conversations that heal to land trusts that fight gentrification.
And five other creative ways Americans are stepping up to build strong local economies.
In Nashville, Tennessee, and Chicago, city planners are responding to demands for better neighborhood mobility and bicycling infrastructure.
Araz Hachadourian | Jan 3, 2017
Three creative ways to strengthen local food economies.
Three years ago, they started a program to keep salvageable goods from landfills by harnessing the community’s collective skills to fix them.
Araz Hachadourian | Dec 20, 2016
Florida’s Miccosukee is the first tribe allowed to run its own school, where students fully participate in family and cultural activities.
Five states where communities are ensuring immigrant rights and wellness.
From Idaho to Georgia, people found ways to offer sanctuary and legal protection.
When neighborhoods develop, longtime residents are often left out of the boom. This incubator helps local entrepreneurs turn big ideas into businesses.
Araz Hachadourian | Jun 6, 2016
This is the first election year with the same number of millennial voters as baby boomers. Here’s how lobbyists for young people could change our politics on prisons, climate, and student debt.
Araz Hachadourian | May 19, 2016
A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.
Araz Hachadourian | Feb 24, 2016
In the Taliban assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, Shazia Ramzan, and Kainat Riaz were also shot—for no more than daring to go to school. Three years later, they’re more committed to education than ever.
We asked readers to share the moment climate change became urgent for them. Here’s what they said.
Araz Hachadourian | Dec 8, 2015
From campaign finance reform to protecting small business, Tuesday's elections had a few big victories.
Araz Hachadourian | Nov 4, 2015
Half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, and owners lose everything trying to pay off the loans. The Working World lets co-ops stabilize before repayment even begins.
Araz Hachadourian | Oct 29, 2015
“I don’t trust anybody who says that they didn’t have some questions in their 20s.”
Araz Hachadourian | Oct 1, 2015
Bankruptcy is supposed to give debtors a fresh start—unless they’re struggling with student loans. But a little-known provision is helping these borrowers take their creditors to court.
Araz Hachadourian | Sep 23, 2015
The film inspired by Klein's book features the stories of everyday people standing up to climate change.
Araz Hachadourian | Sep 1, 2015
Since nearly a third of the city's walkable spaces are filled with cars, these residents decided to take back the alleys.
Araz Hachadourian | Aug 26, 2015
Jerry Ashton and Craig Antico spent decades hounding debtors to pay their bills—until an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street inspired them to find a way to pay struggling people's debts.
Araz Hachadourian | Aug 17, 2015
For a few hours in July, 78 percent of Germany's power was generated by renewables like solar and wind. The country is spending €200 billion to move away from fossil fuels permanently.
Araz Hachadourian | Jul 31, 2015
A New York City co-op raises $1.2 million in pledges to fight gentrification and provide affordable rent for local business owners.
Araz Hachadourian | Jul 31, 2015
“It’s not about freeloading. It’s about what we’re willing to extend to each other as a society.”
Araz Hachadourian | Jul 24, 2015
Economist Kate Raworth explains why economic growth shouldn't be the only measure of a nation's wealth.
Araz Hachadourian | Jul 17, 2015
These New York City middle-schoolers opened up about their experiences with race and racism in WNYC's "Being 12" series.
Araz Hachadourian | Jul 10, 2015
The story of a KKK leader’s transformation shows us that we need not live forever with the kind of violence we saw in Charleston last week.
Araz Hachadourian | Jun 25, 2015
Whether the crisis is AIDS or cyber-bullying, Pregones Theater’s empathy-based theater techniques help young people rehearse for action.
Araz Hachadourian | Jun 11, 2015
This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system.
Araz Hachadourian | Jun 4, 2015
Will young activists do anything to stop oil drilling in the Arctic?
Araz Hachadourian | May 28, 2015
For nearly 20 years, officers of the Chicago Police Department tortured more than 100 people. How survivors and their lawyers won a decades-long fight.
Araz Hachadourian | May 15, 2015
Maria Hamilton's son Dontre was killed by police officers. After no one was charged, she sought out hundreds of other parents and decided to take their demands to Washington.
“It’s not ‘game over,’ it’s ‘game on.’ Now, we can actually start to see things happening.”
The #BaltimoreUprising isn't just about one death. Years of systemic neglect have left people with shorter lives, poor educations, and few employment opportunities.
The Port of Seattle has welcomed the oil company to temporarily moor its drilling rig before it’s towed to Alaska. But these protestors are threatening to block it.
If you could see my Facebook feed right now, you would understand how much this day means to Armenians like me.
Araz Hachadourian | Apr 24, 2015
Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses
The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.
Araz Hachadourian | Apr 22, 2015