1. Road Trip Through Civil Rights History

    As I hit the road for a weeklong trip to visit the civil rights museums in the southeast, I wasn’t sure why I was doing it even though I did know that I was deeply concerned about the surge in hate crimes after the presidential election.  It seems obvious now...
  2. Democracy Labs Are Brewing a New Economy

     Democracy Labs are brewing the New Economy in several states. For instance, experiments are taking place to use a new metric for economic success and performance that gives a broader picture of sustainability and growth.  Vermont became the first state to pass a law introducing Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI), which...
  3. Three Positive Models in the Banking World

    Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Bank CEO George Bailey are in agreement about banks. Senator Warren believes that: “Banks were once places to hold money and were very careful in lending to finance families as they built a future—bought homes, cars, took out student loans”. George (speaking about his father,...
  4. Farm to College Programs: 3 Ways To Make It Happen On Your Campus

    I have been wondering why there are not more universities doing Farm to College Programs especially given their successful impact on students’ dining and statewide farmers and growers.  Mark LoParco, University of Montana Director of Dining and Former President of the National Association of  College & University  Food Services (NACUFS), implemented...
  5. Good News @ Police, A Chef & A Hashtag

    The deluge of negative news that comes our way can make us feel helpless and hopeless about our humanity and collective future.  As an activist both locally and nationally for over 40 years, I know that there are many good people engaged around the country in combatting our societal problems....
  6. Live Longer: Make a Global Friend

    by Jan Roberts Caveat: One trait that is stable over the years is being open to novel experiences so I am writing this blog for folks that share this trait. We need to make friends with folks from other countries.We owe it ourselves if we want  to live longer and...
  7. The New Economy is Coming at You From All Directions

    by Jan Roberts The New Economy is an emerging movement that is taking place largely out of the limelight of conventional media. There is a groundswell of initiatives building an economy that takes care of people and the planet. Systemic changes range from how the economy’s wealth is measured to...
  8. Eye-Popping Omission in High School Education

    Recently, a young man on a student visa from Spain asked me “Why do you have Black History Month here? Why isn’t that just covered as part of American History?” Well, because race is institutionalized in the U.S. and one way to address it is through education. But, are we doing that? His question...

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