Sane in the City

This essay was originally published by Greater Good, an online magazine dedicated to highlighting ground-breaking scientific research into the roots of compassion and altruism, published by the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center.

Can a city's planning and design promote positive mental health?

New research has documented that pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods can be particularly important for maintaining good mental health, especially in the elderly.

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How to Design for Social Inclusion

Much has been published about the decline of public life and how sprawl is ruining the social fabric of our cities.

Jane Jacobs, in her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, was one of the first to really speak out about designing for people and community.

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Seven Ways to Help Haiti Now

Thousands are dead in Haiti, but many more of the living could use our immediate help. Here's Mashable's list of trusted, secure places to make donations to help the people of Haiti:

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How Can Companies Promote Pay Transparency?

Q: The pay gap in any company is always a difficult subject. How can I promote more fairness in my company with regard to pay?

A: BetterWorld Telecom is the only nationwide voice and data provider that focuses on serving business, enterprises, and organizations that have social and sustainable missions.

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How to Share a Nanny

Childcare is very expensive—ask any working parent.

According to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, full-time infant care in a childcare center in the District of Columbia averages $10,400 per year. In New York State, this figure is $13,437—more than $1000 per month! As a result, childcare is often the second largest monthly expense for families with young children, after mortgage/rent payments.

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Shareable's January Event: Real Places

There’s a swift invasion underway of our cafes, bars, restaurants, and public spaces all over America. In the last few years, you may have showed up to your favorite neighborhood hangout one morning to suddenly find there’s a flat screen behind the cash register broadcasting advertisements at you. Or you may have taken a date to what used to be a quiet, intimate bistro, only to find that every visible wall is now occupied by giant, blinding TV screens.

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How to Create Your Own Green Job

Job hunt got you down? Can't wait for the government to create that green job for you? Then go ahead, create your own green job! If that sounds more like your style, then GoodWork Canada has got a solution for you - a step-by-step guide to creating your own green job.

The guide lays out these six steps, which are explained in more detail here.

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Take the PitchIt! Media Challenge

Do you use media to make social change?

Consider entering the 2010 We Media PitchIt! Challenge, sponsored by We Media and Ashoka's Changemakers. The deadline: January 20, 2010. "The top finalists will pitch their ideas at We Media Miami, March 9-11, 2010," says the website. "The best entry in each category--non-profit and business--will receive a $25,000 prize to help launch their new venture." Some details:

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Can Sharing Survive Parenthood?

“My biggest fear – and it’s really scaring me – is what a baby is going to do to our relationship,” says Tara, five months pregnant with her first child.

Her husband, Phil, agrees. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m thrilled to be having a child, and to be having a child with Tara. I can’t wait. But I have the same fears – I want to continue to enjoy our happy life together. I don’t want our child in the middle separating us.”

Tara and Phil are a lot like many other young couples we’ve spoken with who are facing parenthood. They’re in love, and they’ve got a good thing going.

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Five Things I Like About Google's Meaning of Open

I admit to being just a tad wary when a corporation embraces openness because how zealously they normally protect their intellectually property, and, in some cases, claim as their own that which is the product of nature.

That was my initial reaction to The Meaning of Open, a post on Google's blog that was being shared frenetically on Twitter just before the holidays. I'm glad that I gave it a chance, because it's a little gem in many ways. Here's what I like about it:

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