Creative projects and events for creative people Painting, sculpting, dancing, music, performing and spoken-word artsâthey engage and inspire a lot of people, but are they really building healthier, more vibrant and functional communities? The answer, our guests clearly show us, is âyes.â
With a commitment of just one hour a week, volunteers all over Oregon are offering young children a gift that can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment and advantages: confidence and competency in reading.
Itâs no secret that bicycles are becoming more popular and widespread in just about every community. What are the long-term visions and surprising social inventions of those on the front edge of cycling movement?
Few investments in people and communities pay off better than those that connect ambitious, hard-working people with modest amounts of money to open the doors of higher education. In most cases, one good chance is all they need
The fun and transformational magic of theatre programs for children. When you look around for initiatives that build healthy communities in a sure and durable way, that strengthen kids to meet all kinds of life challenges, that excite and engage everyone who comes near, and that are just plain funâŠitâs hard to beat Childrenâs Theatre.
Reclaiming a vital part of the human experience. The death of a loved one can feel like a life-crushing experience. There are growing numbers of volunteers with the skill and dedication to guide kids and adults through this painful gateway to a fuller life of healthy acceptance. Guests: Winterspring (Medford) and the Dougy Center (Portland).
Enabling families to live well Thereâs quiet, straightforward, effective work underway in our communities to give families the counsel and support they need to raise children to healthy, satisfying adulthood. Itâs not fancy or mysteriousâitâs just remarkably powerful. Guests: Family Nurturing Center (Medford) and others.
The extraordinary power of 1-to-1 mentoring. âMentor one child, change two livesâ is the accurate slogan of one of our guests this week. The adults who volunteer to mentor say theyâre never the same again, and the children they support thrive beyond all normal expectations.
Why does environmental education make such a profound difference? âBy bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility,â says author Richard Louv, one of our guests this week.
Why is the interest in local food, local finance and local enterprise generally exploding? And why does it matter so much?
Supporting Girls on their path to adulthood We visit with founders, volunteers, and the grounded, dignified, adventuresome girls of the Rose Circle Mentoring Network.
Owners of small enterprises are banding together to voice a very different view on âwhatâs good for business.â
Did you catch our earlier coverage of the Welcome HomeÂ Project, an event and film that bring communities together to welcome their war veterans home?
What can radio and online newspapers accomplish when their #1 goal is to make their community stronger and more enjoyable?
Twenty-somethings are beginning to grab the reins of leadership with brilliant creativity, passion and imagination. The future is in wonderful hands.
What if there were a way for people to invest some of their savings, not in Wall Street, but in its own communityâs food and business enterprises?
Community groups are forming to provide the relatively simple services their elderly neighbors need to keep living in their own homes.
More and more American births are surgical, scheduled procedures. The cost of that shift to women, to babies, and to the initiatory stage of parenting, say more and more childbirth activists, has been drastic. They are dedicated to reversing the trend.
âItâs too important to leave to political leaders.â Thatâs how millions of people have come to see the task of making peace among nations, and Rotary International is on the front line.
Health care the way it can be, and a community of musicians joining to help make it happen.
We visit with founders, volunteers, and the grounded, dignified, adventuresome girls of the Rose Circle Mentoring Network.
Smart, far-sighted, COLLABORATIVE ventures to conserve our best land for future generations.
One manâs patience and creative generosity decisively change the lives ofÂ troubled teens who are easy to write off as “gang members.”
They are the irreplaceable centerpiece of healthy sustainable agriculture, and for some, a profoundly satisfying practice. How can we help the bees survive?
To mark Oscar week, we explore the surprisingly powerful way that small film festivals have created a stronger sense of community in Southern Oregon and elsewhere.
The work of reconnecting kids to the natural environment is ongoing and crucial.
With so much talk about building bridges between old political foes…what actually works?
“Building community” is a global proposition for some people.Â They believe they’re the “somebody” in “Somebody ought to do something about….”
It’s said that sexual abuse thrives in darkness and shame.Â Now adult survivors of abuse, resourceful professionals and passionately dedicated volunteers are standing up together to protect our children in more effective ways.
The network of people who believe that genetically modified foods threaten our health, farmlands and local economies is growing.Â Jeffrey Smith, author of SEEDS OF DECEPTIONSÂ and both the book and film GENETIC ROULETTE, is its compelling spokesman.
Cooperative enterprises are growing in size and number, and Rogue Coops is a cutting-edge example of their collaboration to create an integrated cooperative economy.
COHO — Choosing Options, Honoring Options–is helping people find their voices for the hardest, and potentially richest, conversations of their lives.
Amy talks with us about IP’s essential threads: building healthy communities, bringing generations together and bridging the old political/social divides.
Enough, say more and more community activists, who are keeping more and more people threatened with foreclosure in their homes.
The epidemic of bullying: volunteers and professionals empower kids to safeguard their own circles from physical and emotional violence.
A new story of community and economic ârealityâ from Charles Eisenstein, author of SACRED ECONOMICS, and a preview of the film MONEY AND LIFE.
Developing services for the exploding number of homeless children that they actually appreciate and use.
The daunting task of welcoming home and supporting war veterans continues, with dedicated professionals and volunteers making a huge difference.
Court Appointed Special Advocates: a special relationship that makes the world safer for kids and richer for volunteers
The old, nearly lost and long overdue practice of rain harvesting.
The Boys-to-Men program of initiation, and an astonishing girls basketball team.
Visionary Lynne Twist offers us a vast and original perspective on fundraising and good living
Sanctuary One and the movement to weave together the healing of people, animals and the land.
Currencies based on hours instead of dollars bring profound change to communities and the people who live in them.
Duane Elgin on the basic principles of voluntary simplicity, and finding and amplifying the âcommunity voice.â
Exploring the reframing and revitalization of community and family wealth.
Is the publicly-owned Bank of North Dakota a good model for Oregon and other states?
Frances Moore LappĂ© makes her second visit to IP.
The Jackson County Fuel Committees and the Empowerment Plan harness volunteer energy to bring wintertime comfort to vulnerable people.
On observant, systematic approaches to real-world problemsâŠand not re-inventing wheels.
Old foes come together to craft a community-based 21st Century forest industry that can work
Jackson Katz and his groundbreaking approach to infusing men with a passion to end domestic and gender violence.
Tea Party and Occupy activists look for common ground..
Heifer International and The Abundance Swap â new gifting models that build community.
People who want the best of both individual and collective living are modernizing an old traditional approach.
The Eden Alternative is bringing a richly wholesome quality to the last years of life.
A course in the transforming energy of place-based currencies from the worldâs foremost expert, Bernard Lietaer.
Dramatic downsizing that is enriching the lives of more and more people.
The resourcefulness and devotion of volunteers solve âunsolvableâ problems for people low on options
Civic engagemnent masters David Gershon and DeeAnne Everson tell us what theyâve learned
OnTrackâs priority on keeping kids with their recovering mothers has the nationâs attention.
When the focus turns to healing the community, victim and offender, everything changes
Bringing unbiased citizen wisdom to public policy.
A powerfully simple answer to âWhat can I do to help?â
Ocean Robbins and college president Peter Angstadt on what it takes to support the next generationâs leaders.
The nationâs largest service club puts members resources together to keep thousands of people better fed.
The community-based project and film that, at long last, welcomes home our combat veterans.
More and more people who occasionally need cars arenât owning them.
Two innovations: crowdfunding for community-building enterprises, and harnessing the multidimensional magic of mushrooms.
The findings of Michael Shuman, Americaâs premier âlocalist.â
âWhat they grow, theyâll eat.â An inspiring collaboration for healthier kids.
Celebrating the anniversary of the original magazine of possibilities with Executive Editor Sarah van Gelder.
A conversation with the visionary whose legacy inspired IP.