Five years ago, on October 1, we launched Worldchanging as a venue to find, discuss and imagine the world's most innovative solutions to the planet's most pressing problems. Since then, we've found a great and diverse global community of readers, won prizes and awards, put out a best-selling book, and published 8,500 stories about how to change the world. In the process we've not only grown substantially (becoming the second largest sustainability site on the web, according to Nielsen online) but gathered an amazing network of allies who are among the world's leading sustainability thinkers.
On October 1 of this year, we'll be announcing our next major project. We're incredibly excited to be taking the editorial work we've developed over these last five years to the next level, and we hope that all of you will join us in trying to make that work as useful and innovative as possible. On that, more to come.
In the meantime, we thought we'd use September as an opportunity to review what we've done so far -- a sort of Worldchanging greatest hits. All this month, we'll be highlighting the tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future that have inspired us so far.
Here are a few of our favorites from the very beginning:
This piece is a part of our month long retrospective leading up to our anniversary on October 1. For the next four weeks, we'll celebrate five years of solutions-based, forward-thinking and innovative journalism by publishing the best of the Worldchanging archives.
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I know you didn't catch it in your retrospect, but look at this in your prospect.
It talks about a solution to the warming that sounds really attractive to me that wouldn't cost even as much as the US spends killing women and children in Iraq every month. Do ya'll think we should get on it?
Yeah, well, I didn't think so. Sorry to have bothered ya'lls rest. Do the laurels smell nice? I guess you are all trying to figure out who that grumpy old man that travels around with Governor Palin is, so you can vote for him. He wants to keep killing the women and children in Iraq for the next 100 years, oh, yeah, and drill here drill now.