Through the isolation of a pandemic, they found a way to bring the world together. The coronavirus pandemic put the whole world on pause. Abigail Tisch, Ellie Gravitte, and Martha Epstein are taking that pause and turning it into an opportunity for global connection. Listen in to hear about the project they call the International Zoom Room and the learnings they’ve gathered so far from hosting conversations with strangers around the world.

For folks in New York City’s public housing, the cost of living through a pandemic can be incredibly high. We got curious about how COVID-19 is impacting New York’s vulnerable residents and what communities are doing to come together and support one another in the face of the pandemic.

What does it look like to put community participation at the center of sustainable development? Anna Cowen and John Ziniades talk through FLOW, a project that empowered underemployed youth in South Africa to map their community’s needs and assets, connect them through complimentary currencies, and unleash their creative power.

Declan Kennedy is one of the early founders of the Global Ecovillage Network, empowering communities to grow in harmony with nature.

Two preschool teachers share their experience as part of the Red for Ed statewide walkout in Arizona, where teachers had been underpaid and undervalued.

A functioning economy should allow human life AND our planet to flourish, shouldn’t it? Take a bite out of Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics as she walks Mel and Steff through her vision of a balanced economic model.

Mel and Steff interview Clarissa da Costa, an expert in infectious diseases, and Xinjing Jiang, a student from Wuhan, to discuss the potential fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inez Aponte and Ben Brangwyn live in Totnes, England, a town that has reimagined their local economy to support greater sustainability, engagement, and happiness for all.

In this episode, Mel and Steff chat with Enno Schmidt and Marjukka Turunen, two experts on the practice of Universal Basic Income (UBI).

Polly Spain is president of her tenant association in a public housing development in New York’s Upper West Side. Join Mel and Stef as they step into Polly’s world and learn about the mechanisms that keep urban communities poor.