Posts tagged: communities

Wanted: Housing Models that Reflect Reality

I’ve looked and looked. Maybe it’s out there and I just haven’t seen it. Where is the short term housing that we desperately need? The  safe, affordable, possibly short term, housing that gives people a breather. The number of people standing at the precipice of homelessness, and falling into it, numbs my mind! A lot … Continue reading Wanted: Housing Models that Reflect Reality

Intentional communities walk the talk

A group of people walk the talk by combining their activist ideals with  conscious living in intentional communities. The Chicago Network of Intentional Communities (NIC) gathered for a delicious potluck recently and to discuss the process to become a community member. Having considerable experience, the panel shared their wisdom on how they evaluate prospective housemates. … Continue reading Intentional communities walk the talk

“Tax” is not a four-letter word

Our 32-year allergy to taxes has brought us to this: in 2007, before the economic collapse 37.3 million people lived in poverty, 12.5 percent of our population. If societies are judged by their treatment of the most vulnerable – children, women, the elderly, the mentally or physically disabled – perhaps we’re not that civilized after … Continue reading “Tax” is not a four-letter word

The education problem is not what you think, neither is the solution

Thirty years of fiddling, and ain’t-it-awfuling, haven’t made a dent in the tragedy of  our children being cheated out of an adequate education. No child left behind’s focus on test scores has left learning behind. When the dismal scores pile up, we typically go after the teachers and the schools, the obvious culprits, right? Central … Continue reading The education problem is not what you think, neither is the solution