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Targeting the Place-Receiving in Placemaking, and Why

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In the end, we should focus more on place-receivers as the most authentic stakeholders of meaning in the urban experience. If people cannot place-receive with a sense of acceptance and inspiration, placemaking may mean very little indeed.

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Beware the Ides of March: TV Characters Who Really Need a Comeuppance

Hulu.com | Posted 03.14.2014 | Comedy
Hulu.com

Since our backs are usually nestled in between couch cushions in front of the TV, we actually feel pretty safe. But we know a few people out there in TV Land who definitely deserve to be taken down a notch or two, and we have just the recipe for each one.

Transgender Activist Cecilia Gentili on Identity and Putting the 'T' Back in LGBT

Daniel Lyons | Posted 03.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Since leaving Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cecilia and hearing first hand how her story has unfolded.

The New Mongrels: A Resurrection of an Old Idea

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.12.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

The New Mongrels, a collective musical society, have a long history that goes back to the Civil War. As the story goes, a soldier named Henry Brooke who came back from the bloody war shell-shocked and deaf in one ear had an idea.

Anti-Gentrification? Build Community

Yvahn Martin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.

Love: Who Cares?

Dan Butin | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
Dan Butin

I am as such much more interested in the question of "how" than of "what." How can we truly hear our students? How do reciprocal partnerships look and work? How do youth engage in their own learning? How is equality sustainability?

We All Deserve Access to Great Opportunities: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Dan Harmon Talks "Harmontown" and Dungeons & Dragons at SXSW

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

At the Samsung Blogger Lounge at SXSW 2014, "Community" creator Dan Harmon and filmmaker Neil Berkeley discuss the documentary "Harmontown" with Shi...

On Making Harmontown

Neil Berkeley | Posted 03.07.2014 | Entertainment
Neil Berkeley

We may occasionally be heroes and sometimes villains but mostly we're just people ... Truth is we're mostly extras.

Letter to My Generation: 6 Reasons Why You (Just) Might Want to Reconsider Joining a Synagogue

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

If you make time each week to slow down, stop and reflect on the joys and challenges of the past six days, you live at a different, more modulated pace.

Social Entrepreneurship: A Shift in the Traditional Business Mindset

Heather Hummel | Posted 03.06.2014 | Business
Heather Hummel

A new corporate structure, the social enterprise, was born. This entity, which can be structured either as a for-profit or non-profit, considers the impact of its decisions on communities, the environment and employee welfare.

What to Do in Conflict

Jon Wortmann | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

Most of the time, we don't want tension. When conflict is used intentionally and faced directly, the result is deeper partnerships or friendships or more of the love we all crave.

Remember the We

Mike Del Ponte | Posted 03.14.2014 | Business
Mike Del Ponte

We spend a lot of time monitoring our own success and comparing ourselves to others. We're constantly proving ourselves to be the best entrepreneurs, philanthropists, lawyers or doctors, and yet climbing to the top can be a lonely journey.

Opportunity for All Demands All of Us

Martin J. Blank | Posted 03.06.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Contributors: Kwesi Rollins, Director, Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educational Leadership and Reuben Jacobson, Senior Research Associate ...

Why Urban History Matters

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.06.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Going forward, let's not discount the influence of history's recurring themes in how we redevelop the urban realm.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Keeping the Commons Common

Beverly Bell | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell March 4, 2014 Today, as on every Mardi Gras Day, New Orleans is in the midst of full-on mayhem. Depending on when on Fat Tuesday you ...

Eternity in an Hour: In Tribute to Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.

The Healthy Reflection of Our Friends

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Friends exert a "social contagion effect" and I think LGBT people need that effect to counter the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on our health. If friendship has the clout to heal us, there is huge power in our community.

Confessions of a Brown Gentrifier

Courtney McKinney | Posted 02.27.2014 | New York
Courtney McKinney

I am a brown person. I am biracial (African-American and white), but others often see me as Latina. I currently live in an area of Harlem where the dominant language is Spanish. On the outside I blend in more than I ever have in my entire life. But I know I don't belong.

We Are the Environment

Nikki Silvestri | Posted 02.27.2014 | Green
Nikki Silvestri

We don't just need to fight against all the things that are broken--carbon pollution, fossil fuels, poverty, and waste. We also need to mend things. We need to build a world that really works; one that we feel good about passing along to our kids and grandkids.

Today's Buddha Doodle: Gift!

Molly Hahn | Posted 02.26.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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Joining the Conversation

Pamela Barnes | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

I have just returned from a week-long trip to Ethiopia, where I traveled with a group of incredible women to learn more about the reproductive health ...

Activists Seek to Impeach Philly's First Black D.A.

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.19.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Seth Williams, who was hired by the citizens of Philadelphia to prosecute the guilty as well as protect the innocent in his role as District Attorney, is not very popular these days; in fact some of his bosses, the taxpayers, are calling for his job.

Monique Ruffin: My Third Metric Life

Monique Ruffin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Women
Monique Ruffin

My son's smile is brighter than sunshine, and when he flashes it I sometimes feel like I've hit the lottery.