Best-Case Scenarios for Our Future

1 Dec 13 | George Dvorsky, io9
Should we find a way to manage the risks and avoid dystopic outcomes, our far future looks astonishingly bright. If things go really well, our civilization will continue to evolve and diversify, leading to many different types of futures.

A Climate Change-Fueled Global Green Revolution?

29 Nov 13 | Michael Klare, TomDispatch
Mass environmental protests are gaining strength. If governments won’t take the lead on an imperiled planet, someone will.

First Artists Were Mostly Women

13 Nov 13 | Virginia Hughes, National Geographic
Women made most of the oldest-known cave art paintings, suggests a new analysis of ancient handprints. Most scholars had assumed these ancient artists were predominantly men, so the finding overturns decades of archaeological dogma.

Reading the world in 196 books

13 Nov 13 | Ann Morgan, BBC
Writer Ann Morgan read a book from every country in the world in one year. She learned that she was not an isolated person, but part of a network that stretched all over the planet and that fiction makes the world real.

The meanings of life

1 Nov 11 | Roy F. Baumeister, Aeon
Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one?

Ecology That Really Works

28 Oct 13 | Alexis Zeigler, Reality Sandwich
Living Energy Farm uses no gasoline, no diesel, and no grid electricity. The project is being built inexpensively so that people may live comfortably, support themselves economically, and do so in a manner that is easily replicated by others.

Mind Mirror

17 Oct 13 | Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times
When Timothy Leary died in 1996, he was eulogized as the godfather of the drug-fueled Sixties counterculture. Now, material unearthed in his archive at the New York Public Library shows him as an early adventurer in another arena: video games.

Arcadia

7 Oct 13 | Emma Crichton Miller, Aeon
What fantasies are we playing out in our various idealisations and realisations of gardens – a piece of paradise, a refuge from urban mayhem – but can a garden embody something deeper and wilder?

How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter

1 Oct 13 | Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
Clive Thompson, author of Smarter Than You Think, argues that our technological tools are now inextricably linked to our minds, and this is a promising rather than perilous thing.

2013 Right Livelihood Laureates

1 Oct 13 | The Right Livelihood Award
This year’s award goes to Paul Walker, USA, Raji Sourani Palestine, Denis Mukwege, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Hans Herren/Biovision Foundation, Switzerland.

Beyond Homo Economicus

27 Sep 13 | Tania Singer, Project Syndicate
It is time to replace the framework of homo economicus with a model that reflects humans’ capacity for altruism, pro-social behavior and human cooperation.

Sharing News About Solutions

27 Sep 13 | Frances Moore Lappé, Yes!
Scary stories of kidnappings and explosions lead our news feeds, but it’s the good news that helps break down the myth of our own powerlessness.

The Beginning of Festival Earth

1 Sep 13 | Maraya Karena, Reality Sandwich
Festivals evolve, but individuals evolve faster. Nature unites and diversifies to unite again at a higher level of complexity. Festivals are not dead; they are poised to undergo the next process of evolution.

Peace Drone

7 Aug 13 | Liz Stinson, Wired
Drones have a lot of uses, but spreading peace and distributing drugs are typically not among them. Axel Brechensbuaer’s Peace Drone would deliver Oxycontin instead of Missiles.

Giving Everyone a Million Dollar Education

7 Aug 13 | Hugo de Garis, H+ Magazine
The internet now allows books and journal articles to be downloaded for free using file sharing sites and the conversion of paper format documents into electronic format documents.

Trash is the Gold of Tomorrow

7 Aug 13 | Katell Gélébart, TEDxHamburg City 2.0
Modern nomad Katell Gélébart is an autodidact, ecodesigner, pluridisciplinary artist, who develops and promotes the potential of re-using waste and unwanted materials in the field of design. Video.

Sexy Spring

7 Aug 13 | Katherine Frank, Salon
How group sex will liberate Iran and China.

Why Not Ecstatic Culture?

1 Aug 13 | Bill Pfeiffer, Reality Sandwich
Humankind has the capacity and know-how to create Earth-honoring cultures. We did this successfully for at least 100,000 years so why not do it again in a new way for new times? By the author of Wild Earth, Wild Soul.

Ecopolis

27 Jul 13 | Lorna Howarth, Ecologist
A growing movement in urban planning moves beyond preventative sustainable development to ‘regenerative’ development, aiming to counter some of the destruction urbanisation has wreaked on the planet.

Consciousness and Free Energy

27 Jul 13 | Sterling D. Allan, Minds
The emergence of empowering, exotic free energy technologies into the mainstream will not happen until the consciousness of the people has raised to an adequate level to embrace the freedom that they entail.