What is the good life? Where do we find well-being and sustainable happiness? The World Happiness Report says Americans are increasingly unhappy, and the tearing of the social fabric is a major reason. Without common spaces, it can be hard to connect. While I was in Berlin, I met Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen, a sociologist, an author of several books… Read More Photo Essay: Gardens, Markets, and Protecting the Commons in Berlin
While I was in Berlin, I visited the Spreefeld Cohousing community, which is designed to offer affordable housing and common resources to residents but also to benefit the public. You can read my full essay about it at YES! Magazine. Here are photos that give a glimpse of life at Spreefeld.
Boarded-up business districts. Abandoned warehouses. Barns and homes covered by tarps slowly collapsing into the earth. It was startling how often this scene repeated as I drove through the rural areas of the Midwest, South, and West on the road trip that resulted in the book The Revolution Where You Live. Many of these are the… Read More Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns
It was an odd sight for residents of Zaandam, a quaint Dutch town 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam. A public park in a village known for 18th-century windmills and wooden clogs had suddenly filled with rows of white tents. Five hundred refugees, mainly from Syria and Iraq, mostly men, had arrived by bus in… Read More The Small Dutch Town That Offered Refugees a Permanent Home
One after another, the executive orders roll down from the top office of the land—orders that dismantle health coverage and launch the building of a wall while demolishing efforts at climate protection and access to birth control. And then a new set—excluding from the United States desperate refugee families from seven Muslim countries. Each one… Read More The Power of Being Heart-Centered
Video of my journey creating The Revolution Where You Live… Read More Video: The Revolution Where You Live
Reposted from Betsy Taylor. For everyone who believed in #resist, congrats on helping with the following successful efforts. Because of you: 1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs). 2. Federal judge imposes temporary nationwide halt to Trump’s travel ban. 3. Green card holders can get back in country after massive airport protests and litigation efforts. Iraq war vets were part… Read More #Resistance Is Working!
I’ve been talking up the book on interviews all around the country. Here’s one I thought you might enjoy with the wonderful Francesca Rheannon. http://www.writersvoice.net/2017/01/sarah-van-gelder-revolution-live-full-interview/ Hope to see you when I’m out on the road — leaving soon for the east coast: Here’s my tour schedule. Please help spread the word! For local revolution, Sarah
As the Trump regime rolls out, the need for building local power becomes startlingly clear. The Women’s March on Saturday was amazing and historic. But after the big events are over, how do we continue the momentum? Huge demonstrations are important, especially to reviving our spirits, but to make real change, we’ll need to build power where… Read More After the Big Marches, How to Bring the Revolution Home
It was a year blown up by the election results. There are now two very different 2016’s—the one before and the one after we learned that Donald Trump would become president of the United States. Before Nov. 8, most assumed that Hillary Clinton would be elected and would lead the nation more or less in… Read More Five Seeds of Hope from 2016 that Can Get Us Through the Trump Years