Citizen participation

Youth is Not E-wasted on the Young

It's not every day that a fifth grader reads and article in The Wall Street Journal and decides to take action. But Alex Lin was very surprised to learn about the environmental hazards of discarded computers and decided to do something about it, right in his own town.

Alex’s e-waste initiative in Westerly, RI puts a twist on the problem of e-waste. It is solving two problems at once, by collecting local residents’ discarded computers, refurbishing them, and giving them away to families unable to afford new electronic equipment.



"Millions of people got excited about how the net could be used to help the political process during the last election,"says Steve Clift of the United States presidential campaign, "but if people only focus on the national level, it will become one big partisan grinder!"

Clift has taken the far-reaching powers of the Internet to act locally. He is the founder of e-democracy, an organization dedicated to using the Internet to strengthen our democracy from the ground up.


Prayers for the Planet

The Earth's natural beauty and bounty have inspired awe, reverence, and spiritual passions for millennia. Today, religious and environmental leaders around the world are working to connect the religious traditions that support nature with environmental activism and protection.

This emerging alliance of religion and ecology is rooted in a belief that environmental protection can be promoted by activating a sense of the earth's sacred qualities. It’s happening all around the globe.


Fostering Peace, Starting with Youth

Susheela Bhan has saved hundreds of young lives. 

Fueled by a passion to restore humanity and faith in her war-torn homeland of Kashmir, Bhan established the Institute of Peace Research and Action (IPRA). The IPRA implements a comprehensive curriculum that inculcates democracy, secularism, social justice, and human rights into the hearts and minds of Kashmiri youth. The program is active in more than 200 schools in six districts, and has helped keep kids off the battlefield since 1999.


When the Money Isn't Flowing: Invent Your Own Currency

How would you like to be able to move house -- packing, transportation, cleaning, moving materials removal, and gardening included -- without spending a dollar? If you lived in New South Wales, Australia, you could use shells, issued in points, to pay for everything but the gardening, which you would pay for with time.


How to Get Heard? Join a Chorus

For those activists, journalists, students, and organizations that find it difficult to be heard among the clutter of opinions mounting on the web, the founders of a website called think the resounding chorus of collaborative expression can be a more powerful tool for making change than the songs of a thousand soloists.


A Home Built with Heart: How One Man is Protecting the Lives of Children

Every child deserves a safe and secure childhood, and in Thailand there's an organization working to make this a possibility for hundreds of kids. Founded in 1993 by children's rights pioneer, Montri Sintawichai, the Child Protection Foundation is Thailand's first community-based organization that shelters abused children and helps their families - including abusive parents - address the root causes of abuse.