Veterans Who Stepped Outside the Fold

This week we honor the veterans who believe in a country that stands for everyone. That is something we are still working towards. The US continues to tout 'endless victory' and 'freedom for all', so on the weekend of Veteran's Day we take a moment to show respect for those who may have been forgotten, those in service who didn't come home, and those who one day won't return. We honor many who fought, and are still fighting, to make the military a more inclusive place for women, LGBTQ, and people of color. We honor those who worked to end…

Bringing forth the hidden lives

Sonder is the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

Here, we celebrate our untethered curiosity to learn more about each other. Humans overlap, co-mingle, and percolate – and through this we change. What can we learn from the softness of a stranger?

Meet Jean Melesaine, a Bay Area photographer who tells stories of people caught in the in-between.

Then there are the geniuses behind the Shine Theory – the idea that success of others will in turn bring success to you. Do what the teabag says for once – be nice and help others.

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Mona Haydar and Sebastian Robins set up a little booth near Cambridge library with signs that said “Ask a Muslim”, boxes full of donuts, and thermoses of hot coffee. They were really nervous at first. ⠀⠀ It was 2015, shortly after the horrible shooting in San Bernadino. The two parents hid in their homes for days, afraid to leave the…


Multi-Religious Wedding Shows Love Has No Borders

The day Seema attended Shannon's boot camp class, Shannon was smitten. She told a fellow instructor, "I'm going to marry her." Turns out that wasn't a lie. Six years later they finally held a small wedding ceremony. “Seema is Hindu and I am Christian [...] For the wedding we chose to have a Pandit (a Hindu priest) to honor the traditions…


Mosque Leader Befriends Mosque Shooter

Former Marine, Ted Hakey Jr., is close friends with local mosque leader, Zahir Mannan. Hakey says his friendship with Mannan is so tight he tells him secrets he won't even discuss with some of his other closest friends. But these two definitely weren't always this close. In fact, before they'd met, and just a day after the Paris attacks, an intoxicated…


Two Spirit: America’s Hidden Gender History

America’s traditional gender binary – male or female – is actually a relatively new idea on the continent. Before the first Christians settled here, Native Americans had been living without a binary system or gender rules for centuries. Many tribes acknowledged 5 different genders: Female, Male, Two Spirit Female, Two Spirit Male, and Transgendered. Two Spirits identified as both male…


American Resilience

Stories of flexing under adversity and refusing to break. If you've ever brushed the dirt off and got back to work, your spirit's in here.


People rattling the gates of the status quo for the sake of social progress. Rugged individualists 2.0.


Erasing the lines drawn to keep us apart. Building the communities that keep us strong.

Breaking Bread

Collaborations the haters said could never happen - everyday folks coming together and doin' work. Some call it radical inclusivity. We like to call it common sense.


Artists, builders, creators, and dreamers with dirt under their nails and wild imaginations.

New Paths

Tech and business trailblazers, innovators, and takers of the road less traveled pushing America forward.

Rise Up

America is filled with people helping one another. Here's where you can meet them and learn something new. Get ready to volunteer, donate and take some action.


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