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Worldchanging 101: COMMUNITY

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What will it take to create a future of sustainable prosperity for every person on the planet?

Here are some of the most popular and enduring stories we've published in our first six years, stories we think offer a window into the Worldchanging archives. In these pages you'll find a treasury: more than 10,000 articles on cutting-edge solutions dating back as far as October 2003. This work pushes the boundaries of the global conversation on sustainability, social innovation and planetary thinking. Many of these writers are leaders in their respective industries.

To help get you started, we've compiled a primer in each of our seven meta-categories. We hope you'll use these guides as an entryway. Find the ideas you're most passionate about here, then explore our site for much, much more. Stay as long as you like, and please spread the word.

Understanding Community: Definitive Principles

Leapfrogging
In rural areas and emerging megacities across the Global South, basic services like telephone and power lines just don't exist. This creates a new kind of opportunity: where it's possible to skip the landlines altogether and jump straight to mobile phones -- leapfrogging to the technological forefront. This may turn out to be extraordinarily good news for sustainable development.

Social Entrepreneurship/Base of the Pyramid
Social entrepreneurship involves either businesses that serve social ends, or social programs run in the manner of businesses. Base of the pyramid efforts aim to bring the world's poorest people into the global economy by marketing goods and services to them which help better meet their needs. When done well, these approaches offer ways to solve entrenched social and sustainability difficulties through the conscientious application of innovation.

Collaborative Innovation and Creative Commons
Creative Commons has made a profound difference in the process of innovation in general, permitting more rapid, cooperative development and allowing effective models to be distributed everywhere.

Educating and Empowering Women
Equality for women is more than a justice issue; it's a sustainability issue. Empowering women through education, health care and economic opportunity is the number one way to stabilize and eventually decrease overpopulation.

Environmental Justice
Environmental justice includes justice for communities, human health and racial equality in equal proportion to resource depletion, pollution, extinction and the numerous other issues associated with environmentalism.

10 Landmark Posts on Community:

1. Peak Population and Generation X
By Alex Steffen
Published 29 November 2008

2. Neighborliness, Innovation and Sustainability
By Alex Steffen
Published 7 April 2008

3. Anil Gupta and the Honeybee Network
By Sarah Rich
Published 21 March 2007

4. Lunch at the Langar: Exploring a Free Kitchen in Delhi
By Sarah Rich
Published 28 February 2007

5. South Africa's Free High School Science Texts
By Alex Steffen
Published 20 February 2007

6. Beyond Relief
By Alex Steffen
Published 29 December 2004

7. Worldchanging Interview: Wangari Maathai
By Sarah Kuck and Julia Levitt
Published 6 May 2009

8. Harlem Children's Zone and the Cost of a Child's Future
By Alex Steffen and Sarah Rich
Published 2 May 2007

9. Community Kitchens
By Julia Levitt
Published 3 June 2009

10. “My dream is for my daughter to find her future in Africa.”
By Ethan Zuckerman
Published 7 June 2007


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