Cities are dynamos of the global economy. Encouraging new ideas on transportation, food, housing, and jobs can make them even more vibrant.
At events known as Stand Downs, which take place in more than 200 cities and towns across the United States, military veterans from all walks of life gather to support one another.
Visits from so-called therapy dogs like Comet, a golden retriever, help those in nursing homes stay engaged, active, and communicative.
What can we do to help men who seek to commit violence find another way to deal with their problems? The story of Antoinette Tuff suggests that kindness is part of the answer.
Social enterprise d.light has teamed up with French oil and gas company Total to sell solar lights to low-income rural households in Africa and India.
Rushing to the scene of emergencies and disasters, Passarelli and her Soup Ladies nourish the helpers.
This year's four Right Livelihood Awards winners will share $312,000 in prize money. The winners are an American anti-chemical weapons advocate, a Palestinian human rights campaigner, a Congolese surgeon who helps wartime rape victims, and a Swiss pioneer of pest control for sustainable agriculture.
Started in Sandy Martin's bedroom when she was 13, The Little Nature Museum has received thousands of visitors who experience the results of her intimate knowledge of and love for nature.
Sister Angelique Namaika – a nun working in the Congo – has helped transform the lives of more than 2,000 women and girls forced from their homes and abused by the Lord's Resistance Army.
More than a billion people lack access to electricity. Solar power could be a big part of the answer, says SunFunder founder Ryan Levinson.
By building freshwater wells, rainwater catchments, or providing sand filters, charity: water finds simple solutions to help solve the world’s water crisis: Roughly 1 in 9 people around the globe lack access to clean water.
KeoK’jay, an innovative fashion label in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, combines social and environmental responsibility with contemporary designs.
He's a folk music detective, revealing the lost artists who helped create American folk music.
Glen James found more than $40,000 in a backpack and turned it in to police. After reading media accounts of James' honesty, Ethan Whittington, started a fund for James on the crowdfunding site, gofundme.com.
Books to Prisoners, a nonprofit group that sends free reading material to prisoners across the United States, operates on a shoestring but with dogged determination.
'Give it up for Gulu' began as a simple fundraiser by a stay-at-home mom but became a long-term passionate project aimed at building a pre-school in Uganda.
Points of Light is sponsoring One America, an effort to get people of all political, social, and religious backgrounds to work together as volunteers on 'roll up your sleeves' projects.
Children whose parents talk to them about giving are 20 percent more likely to give than those whose parents don’t, a recent study finds.
Satellite imagery allows Amnesty International to gather critical data quickly and without putting witnesses or researchers in danger.
John Dennis Liu says humans can stop destroying their planet. He's documented ecological restoration projects around the world to prove it.