Why you should care

From neighbor-finding apps to making dinner great again, here’s the best of OZY this week.

This week we learned a few extra things to be thankful about, from social media companies that are helping us to better connect with each other IRL to a school in Uganda that is helping students better connect with their inner Greta Thunberg.

We also learned that having dinner with a variety of people at the table — yes, especially at Thanksgiving — “people can be seen for more than their politics.”

Read on for an introduction to government-subsidized housecleaning, the legend of Two-Point Tupa and the story of an unlikely drug activist. Here are our favorites on OZY this week.

No. 1: New Networking: Where Tech Is Helping People Become Better Neighbors

Why You Should Care: These social media companies are focusing on fostering connections in real life, not just on their apps.

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No. 2: Crackdown Concern: Vanishing Late-Night Stores Spark Battle Over Berlin’s Soul

Why You Should Care: Berlin might never look the same again.

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No. 3: Helping Hands: She’s Fighting for Ukraine to Remember Its Prisoners of War

Why You Should Care: Oleksandra Matviychuk organizes both public and discreet efforts for prisoners caught up in Ukraine’s war with Russia.

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No. 4: Future of Learning: This School Might Be Teaching the Next Greta Thunberg

Why You Should Care: Science and critical thinking are top of the curriculum in this thriving humanist school in Uganda.

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No. 5: Cleaning Scheme: Belgium, Where the State Pays $2 Billion for Your Cleaner

Why You Should Care: It’s a popular scheme — but a costly one too.

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No. 6: Drug Activist: A Magic Mushroom Test Case, and the Man Behind It

Why You Should Care: Legal mushrooms could be a micro version of marijuana legalization.

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No. 7: Table Talk: Dreading Awkward Dinners This Thanksgiving? Read On

Why You Should Care: Because it’s worth opening your home and kitchen to help build understanding.

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No. 8: Making Memories: Your Loved One, Turned Into 25 Stones

Why You Should Care: Many people don’t know what to do with the ashes of a loved one. This is a way to give those ashes meaning.

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No. 9: The Huddle: How a Punter Changed Pro Football Forever

Why You Should Care: Twenty-five years ago, Two-Point Tupa got his name.

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No. 10: Before Neet: When Deadly X-Rays Were Used for Hair Removal

Why You Should Care: X-rays can kill you. But these women didn’t know that.

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