Who is Worldchanging?

Worldchanging is a solutions-based online magazine that works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together. Informed by that premise, we do our best to bring you the most important and innovative new tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future.

Why Seattle?

Worldchanging is part of a global conversation, but we're also based in a place. Our headquarters are in Seattle, Washington, and we decided that our hometown was the best possible starting point for trying to bridge the global and local conversations. For many reasons, Seattle is an ideal basecamp for our conversation about how to create a sustainable city. We believe that its wealth of natural resources give Seattle policymakers a unique challenge when it comes to smart management. Seattle's exploding population (if current rates continue, Washington state may double its population in less than 50 years) presents new challenges: Can we engineer a compact, efficient, appealing urban environment that will attract people into the city and help curb destructive sprawl? Can we create an infrastructure for moving people and goods that puts the needs of pedestrians and public transportation above those of personal vehicles? Can we take Seattle into the future?

We believe we can, and we also believe that the forward-thinking, smart and creative people who will drive these changes are right here in Seattle. We think we can help move the conversation along more quickly by getting Seattleites to imagine the future-and talk about it. We plan to put forward ideas not only about what Seattle is doing in terms of solutions, but also about ideas that have worked elsewhere, and how they might work in our region. When we move beyond spinning our wheels and start producing solutions that will make our city livable in the long-term, we can make the rest of the nation and the word say, "Huh. Seattle did it. Let's follow their lead."

How is Local Different?

Local governments can often move more quickly than federal governments, so cities have an unprecedented opportunity to lead the way when it comes to climate-changing legislation like congestion pricing and land-use zoning. And solutions cannot be one-size-fits-all. In order for them to work, they must reflect the values of the local culture, and the needs particular to a certain geographical area. In order to depict how solutions will work, we want to bring them down to size, where real people can see how new technologies, policies, culture shifts and more will affect their everyday lives.

Who's involved?

At the core, you've got our small team of journalists. At large, we're doing our best to bring you the voices of local experts in every area, from power and policy to arts and culture. We hope to create a dynamic forum where you'll hear from successful policy catalysts like Cary Moon to research mavens like Clark Williams-Derry, to up-and-coming activists like JP Kemmick. It's our mission to bring you closer not only to the names you're familiar with, but also to showcase the individuals whose work might be more under-the-radar.

And remember, this is a conversation, not a sermon. We encourage not just feedback, but active participation, and, yes, challenge. Got a great idea for a resource we've missed? Let us know - better yet, write your own recommendation and send it to us. Think we're off-base with a recommendation we've made? Let us know that, too, and what resource you think we should have covered instead. Changing the world is a team sport.

Worldchanging is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, and all contributions are U.S. tax-deductible.

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