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Year in Review 2008: Best in Health, Food and Society

As we look forward to the new year, we've also reflected on the old, and rediscovered some of the great events, innovations, interviews and debates that 2008 had to offer. For the next week, we will be sharing our picks from the Worldchanging team's best work from the last 12 months. Come back each day for a new collection of posts on topics from climate change to transportation, energy to health and society.

Today's Topic: Health, Food and Society

How will the future affect our health and our societies? Perhaps more importantly, how can we begin to change our approaches to social and civic life now, in order to create the kind of future that we want? In the past year, many of our posts discussed what the future might hold for what we eat, what we learn, how we spend our time and how we relate to one another. Today we look at the best posts from 2008 that discuss health, food and society:

Neighborliness, Innovation and Sustainability
Alex Steffen
April 7

Gin, Television, and Social Surplus
Clay Shirky
May 7

Scenius, Innovation and Epicenters
Alex Steffen
June 26

Facebook, Coca-Cola and Medical Aid in Africa
Hesseltje S. van Goor
August 6

Can Sustainability Save the Midwest?
Sarah Kuck
August 12

Locavore Valley: The Next Big Boom?
Julia Levitt
October 13

New School Sustainability: Majors Making a Difference
Sarah Kuck
October 20

Making Social Equity an Issue of Public Health
Lori Williams
November 18

The Transformative 120: Text Messages Prove a South African HIV Lifeline
Nancy Scola
November 25

The Future of Public Lands in the United States
WorldChanging Team
November 28

Peak Population and Generation X
Alex Steffen
November 29

Local Food Plus: A Model for Food Citizenship in North America
Kathryn Cooper
December 2

Students, Seniors and Social Biodiversity
Julia Levitt
December 5

Worldchanging Interview: Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Health Solutions
Sarah Kuck and Julia Levitt
December 10

This piece is part of our Year in Review series. Use the following links to view more of our favorites from 2008:

Best in Climate Change
Best in Business
Best in Cities
Best in Energy

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