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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.