What international aid can learn from Zappos
by Marla Smith-Nilson
After 10 years of wear, I finally had to admit that my favorite Merrell clogs needed replacing. So I went online to Zappos.com to find a new pair. I am a big fan of Zappos, and not just because they have flattered me with a VIP membership. I can sort by size, color, brand, even […]
Apr 16, 2012
Why the food fight over the Farm Bill matters to you
by Anna Goren
The Farm Bill is a classic democratic-process-headache: a 1,000 page piece of legislation that takes on all things food and agriculture related. It covers everything from food stamps to farmland conservation to nutrition programs to farm subsidies. Past versions have mostly benefited big farmers of soy, corn, and other commodity crops, along with large corporations […]
Jul 18, 2012
Sustainable energy venture seeks to turn a profit in the new age of aid
by Hallie Golden
When it comes to international charities, Seattle is home to some of the biggest names in aid that cater to developing countries across the world. But a new model has arrived that is not about handouts, but about making a profit. The idea behind Burro, founded in 2008 by Cranium co-founder Whit Alexander, is to […]
Aug 15, 2012
Half the Sky: half humanitarian heroics, half celebrity ego trip
by Cyan James
Newsflash: being a woman is surreal. Last night I was supposed to be at the gym. So I could look slimmer and prettier or something. But I had a headache. So I stayed on the couch, stumbled across human dolls on Facebook (seriously?!), and tuned in to the much-trumpeted nationwide premier of Half the Sky. […]
Oct 2, 2012
Karachi neighborhood shakes violent reputation to produce top Pakistani athletes
by Faris Kasim
Lyari is the most notorious neighborhood in Pakistan’s largest and most chaotic city. But just like in poor urban areas in the US, young residents are looking toward sports as a way to escape from the violence and turn their neighborhood’s reputation around. Faris Kasim reports from Karachi on the real story behind Lyari’s bad […]
Oct 8, 2012
Vancouver native delivers soy milk for Myanmar’s malnourished
by Eva Cohen
It almost sounds too good to be true. In remote areas of Myanmar, a portable soy milk machine that runs without electricity, is cheap and delivers life-saving proteins and vitamins to malnourished orphans. One family from Vancouver has made it their life’s work to keep the milk flowing.
Dec 3, 2012
Slum Rising: Life in Kenya slum sheds light on growing global reality
by Abby Higgins
Slum Rising is our new three-part series exploring the economically complex and culturally rich life in the world’s urban slums.
Mar 11, 2013
Don’t call them victims, these youth are slum changemakers
by Sara McCaslin
The polio-fighting, clean water advocating, girls’ rights empowered youth of “The Revolutionary Optimists” shatters everything we thought we knew about creating change.
Mar 29, 2013
Google GIFs show a rapidly changing Earth
by Christian Zerbel
New satellite images are a jarring reminder of the massive transformations humans have made to the planet.
May 12, 2013
Sister Cities reception celebrates Seattle’s international ties
by Christian Zerbel
The 17th annual Seattle Sister Cities reception last week brought people from all around the globe to Seattle City Hall to celebrate diversity and cross-cultural relationships.
May 17, 2013
Meet the fantastic fungus that fuels Tibet’s economy
by Casey Malone
Local mushroom hunter Daniel Winkler puts the fun in fungi.
Feb 3, 2014
Stormy skies over Turkey as corruption scandal spreads
by Ekin Yasin
Can Turkey weather political scandal? Forecast gloomy.
Jan 30, 2014
The Bristol Local Pound: Inspiration for the Sea-Town Dollar?
by Deric Gruen
Other cities are experimenting with local currencies. Would it work in Seattle?
Jun 16, 2014
Navigating America’s biracial identity crisis
by Kyle Jensen
We’re living in a post-racial America, right? Then why is identifying as more than one race still so hard?
Jan 9, 2015
Getting our priorities straight on local jobs
by Anna Goren
Seattle’s unprecedented construction boom isn’t actually creating many local jobs. Here's a plan to fix that.
Dec 1, 2014
3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land
by Jill Mangaliman
People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.
Dec 22, 2014
Nepal earthquake relief: a reality check on large donors
by Kelsey Hamlin
Want to contribute to Nepal earthquake relief? New investigations show you might be better off going grassroots and avoiding big aid organizations.
Jun 10, 2015
Hotel workers union denounces “$500,000 Green Card”
by Goorish Wibneh
Critics of the EB-5 immigrant investor program say the program benefits wealthy investors, without delivering on well-paying U.S. jobs with benefits.
Aug 27, 2015
An open letter to white-collar Seattle transplants
by Cynthia Brothers
Hey there new Seattle transplants — here's a few tips to help you avoid screwing up your new home.
Feb 9, 2016