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How Driverless Vehicles Will Redefine Mobility

Let the robot drive. A concept car interior designed around autonomy. gmanviz/flickr, CC BY-NC-NDMy grandmother, Christine Johanna Hoffman, was born in 1894 and died in 1990. In the course of her lifetime, she witnessed the advent of indoor plumbing and home electrification, the Wright Brothers' first flight, the debut of the Ford Model T and man landing on the moon, just to name a few.

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records

Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.

The Children of the Millennium Are A Catalyst for Change

Children of the Millenium: Catalyst for Change

Today’s youth are so civic minded that some social commentators have dubbed them the “civic generation.” For them, it seems the American Dream has taken on a whole new meaning: it’s all about the people. “Community service is part of their DNA. It’s part of this generation to care about something larger than themselves...”

How To Save Equal Access on the Internet

How To Save Equal Access on the Internet

Publicly owned networks in cities across the US preserve net neutrality and provide quality service. With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers, only one option remains that can guarantee an open internet: owning the means of distribution.

12 Agrihoods That Are Building Sustainable Communities

12 Agrihoods That Are Building Sustainable Communities

Ever wish you could live at your CSA? Or move to a neighborhood where everyone is as excited about fresh, healthy food as you are? All over the United States people are embracing local food production in an exciting new way. Called 'agrihoods,' this new type of neighborhood serves up farm-to-table living in a cooperative environment.

Our Big, Cheap Wedding Fought Consumerism & Helped The Planet

How Our Big, Cheap Wedding Fought Consumerism & Helped The Planet

Once we had decided affirmatively that, yes, we did want to get married, we were left with a daunting question: “What does a non-commercial, environmentalist, radical wedding look like?” Furthermore, was it possible to make the wedding not only about celebrating our commitment and bringing our families together, but about making a difference in the world?

How to Reclaim our World from Techno-Addiction

How to Reclaim our World from Techno-Addiction

What we have is a failure to be able to differentiate between fact and fiction, between ordinary and authentic, between virtual and actual, and between believing and knowing. Life is not just about video games and text messaging, game consoles, and tracking the minutia of...