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Nextdoor Is on a Mission to Strengthen Communities

Quora | Posted 07.22.2016 | Technology

What was the inspiration behind Nextdoor and how close to your original vision is the site today? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing...

A Buddhist Call To Action Against the Suffering of Racism

Anurag Gupta | Posted 06.13.2016 | Religion
Anurag Gupta

Buddhist teachings are grounded in principles of interdependence, non-separation, and reverence for life, supported by practices of mindfulness and co...

How to Create a Stellar Community Garden in Six Steps

Pawel Alva Nazaruk | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green
Pawel Alva Nazaruk

In a quest to find more affordable, fresh and local food, many communities - particularly those in the urban, space-starved metropolitan areas - are moving towards the urban farming model of food production and distribution.

Why Communities in East Africa Need To Be Drivers of Their Own Change

Andy Bryant | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

This is a guest post by Katy Lindquist, Communications Director at Spark MicroGrants. Photo credit: Spark MicroGrants "An opportunity was opened to...

Brides March Against Domestic Violence

Nana Karlsson-Ofori | Posted 05.17.2016 | Women
Nana Karlsson-Ofori

The 15th annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk kicked off at Monroe College in the Bronx on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The march is named after Gladys Ricart, who was murdered on her wedding day by her abusive ex-boyfriend on September 26, 1999.

Community Schools: Much More than Wrap Around Services

Martin J. Blank | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Mary Kingston Roche, Reuben Jacobson and Martin Blank, of the Coalition for Community Schools, all contributed to this article. "Wraparound Services...

Hey Sydney! Your Lockouts From an Outsider's Perspective

Jessica Elliott | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Jessica Elliott

Hey there, Sydney. It's me. Jess. I know it's been awhile. And sorry I haven't called lately, I've been a little busy. But I couldn't help but think of you as I enjoyed a delicious, hot, fresh kebab on the streets of Hong Kong at 5:00 this morning.

Dona Dijé: Afro-Brazilian Leader in the Fight for Women's Land Rights

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Known to her community as Dona Dijé, at 68 years old, Afro-Brazilian Maria de Jesus Bringelo is one of the most important national leaders of the women babassu nut breakers movement in Brazil.

Victory for U.S. Oceans: Obama Administration Protects East Coast from Offshore Drilling

Andrew Sharpless | Posted 03.17.2016 | Green
Andrew Sharpless

Here's some great news: the United States Government has announced it will remove the Atlantic Ocean from its five-year plan for oil and gas development. This is an important victory for the U.S. Oceans.

Marking a Transition: Lorenzo Jones Works to Build a National Movement for Health, Equity, and Justice

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 02.17.2016 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

Over the last 25 years, Lorenzo has played an important leadership role not only in transforming criminal justice policies and drug policies in Connecticut, but also in shaping the development of a national grassroots, bottom-up movement to end mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

Let's Teach Children That Politics Isn't Warfare

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Today people think "politics" is a kind of warfare, funded by the superrich, revolving around parties, politicians, and professionals as detached experts. Citizens need to reclaim politics as the way to negotiate differences to get something done and work out how to live together.

Inspiring Connections and Conversations: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Connecting people through conversations and resources serves as the catalyst to social change. The Pollination Project gives $1000 seed grants to grantees making a difference in the way that we talk about and address social matters, as well as how we allocate resources to the communities that need them most.

Breaking: 25K Cases of Water, and Counting, Donated to Flint Residents

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.27.2016 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I want to put clean drinking water into the hands of every person who's in Flint, Michigan. I actually spent about a decade living not too far from Flint, so this really hits close to home for me.

Everyday Ideation: How Families Use 'Cumulative Intelligence' to Take on the Criminal Justice System

Raj Jayadev | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Raj Jayadev

Every week I sit in a room with families whose loved ones are facing criminal charges. It is part support group, part strategic planning session. There are no lawyers in the room and the families have no legal training. But week in, week out, the group translates the legalese to one another, navigates each other through the maze of a court system and finds ways to affect the outcome of cases.

The Year We Thought About Impact

Pam Chamberlain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Pam Chamberlain

For the past few months I have been happily attending screenings of our award-winning film The Year We Thought About Love, a 2015 documentary directed...

Recreating the Refugees Narratives: From Sympathy to Dignity

Lara Zahabi-Bekdash, MD, PhD | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Lara Zahabi-Bekdash, MD, PhD

In Toronto, the community event Supper with Syria, is a social experiment to allow Syrians, some of whom are refugees, to become co-creators of the narratives on Syria and refugees, by showcasing their culture and their stories.

A Citizen Alternative to ISIS

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

In the face of violent threats from groups like ISIS, a citizen-led alternative is crucial. Schools and colleges are a potential site. Thus my first idea.

Bringing People to the Power

Aaron Bartley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Aaron Bartley

If today's energy markets are hazy, the long-term picture is less so. With the exigencies of climate change bearing down and the efficiencies of solar and other renewables rising, the world, to the dismay of Big Oil and Gas, is inching toward a renewable revolution.

Educational Change, Cultural Organizing and Citizen Politics

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Harry Boyte

Deborah Meier, a great democracy educator and a mentor of mine, and I have been discussing the meaning of "citizen politics" in our Bridging Differences blog conversation at Education Week.

Rebounding from Houston: How to Be a Hero

Rabbi Debra Kolodny | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rabbi Debra Kolodny

When every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersexed, asexual activist is doing this work the bathroom wars will be over. And we will win ALL the ordinance battles.

Direct Trade Is Fair Trade (Without the Other Eight Principles)

Dana Geffner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Dana Geffner

Any number of roasters may pay a decent price for coffee, visit a farm, or offer a good cup. But no matter how much direct trade coffee you buy, or fair trade coffee for that matter, we won't transform the current system that puts corporate profits first and marginalizes small-scale farmers until we become politically engaged and start supporting the democratic organizations that advocate and agitate for change from the grassroots up.

Mr. President: We don't Need Gestures; We Need Action to Ban the Box

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Center for Community Change Action

This movement by formerly incarcerated people and their families is about more than jobs. It's about housing -- our political inclusion and our right to full citizenship. It is about our dignity.

A Copernican Revolution Needed for Democratic School Reform

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

If we see organizing as "citizen politics," the practices of diverse people negotiating differences, working together for some common good, and developing political skills in the process, it can be taken into professions, schools, colleges -- and also electoral politics and government.

Three Steps to Help You Build a Community That Supports Your Business

Lirone Glikman | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Lirone Glikman

People have always congregated in communities, and for many good reasons: it builds confidence, can create part of your identity, and provides a sense of belonging. Not to mention that being a part of something that is bigger than yourself drives people to be more active.

Paul Wellstone's Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Legacy

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.25.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

While serving in the Senate, Wellstone remained an organizer. He was frequently on picket lines and at rallies sponsored by labor, community, environmental and other progressive groups. His speeches, often appearing to be delivered completely off-the-cuff, would crescendo wildly into loud, short jeremiads expressing indignation at whatever wrongs the rally was addressing.