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The Essential Ingredient of Democracy

Originally published by Yes! Magazine on 10/20/2017 Photo by roya ann miller/Unsplash On what human strengths does democracy depend? It’s a huge question and an urgent one, as many Americans fear their democracy is in free fall. Fortunately, in digging for answers, our constitution itself offers a useful starting point. The Preamble establishes the republic’s commitment to “promote the general Welfare,” which is possible only so long as citizens grasp that their well-being is tied to the well-being of others and also act on this awareness. Arguably, the effectiveness of their action would depend on key civic virtues, especially cooperation and fairness. So far, so good. Trouble is, in today’

Tuning in to Farmers’ Water Needs: Radio broadcasts aid Malawi irrigation efforts

Originally published by Food Tank on 08/23/2017 Several members of the Youth Economic and Social Action group led us across flood plains parched in the bright sun of the dry season in Malawi’s southern Chikwawa district. Lloyd, the lanky head of the group, pointed across the hardened dirt, ridges carefully drawn for a regulation soccer field. In a small stand of trees, solar panels sparkled in the afternoon sun. The group, an arm of an organization called the Sustainable Development Initiative, was taking us to see the new solar-powered pump they had installed to bring irrigation to community-owned lands. With climate change bringing erratic rains, shorter growing seasons, and, last year, de

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