The Innovation That Will Inspire Millions More People to Bike

By Jay Walljasper

From Munhall, Pennsylvania to Temple City, California, people are transforming their streets into places for people, not just traffic. 21st Century bike lanes help us lose weight, save money, strengthen our communities and enjoy life more.

Creating Positive Community Identity

By Paul Born

Experience the possibilities and joy that come from positive community identity by bridging the gap between the self and community.

Interview with Gay McDougall: Minority Rights Advocate

By Katie Moore

As a lawyer and minority rights advocate, Gay McDougall’s career has spanned four decades and reached every continent. Utne Reader caught up with her after her recent appointment to chair the Minority Rights Group.

Applying for a Second Chance

By Katie Moore

Ban the Box advocates for policy changes in the hiring process for the formerly incarcerated.


Hop On, Wash Off

By Katie Moore

A refurbished bus provides mobile showers for the homeless.

The Collective Memory of Migrant Workers

By Saúl Sánchez

Collective memory helps create, and maintain, identity among a community of migrant workers.

Artivism: Make Your Own Children's Book

by Utne Reader staff

Artist Robert Trujillo makes a difference in the world around him by self-publishing his own children's book.

The Commons Call to Revise Private Property Rights

By David Bollier

The commons call for a different paradigm of social and moral order, escaping from the oppression and coercion that often comes with certain private property rights.