Ideas We Should Steal: Other-Caring Our Way Out of Covid Misery

In the Age of Self-Care, a Stanford psychologist suggests a better antidote to what ails us right now: focusing on other people

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Letter from Fairmount

A neighbor of those lost in the tragic fire this week chronicles the horror, the sorrow and, fittingly, the community togetherness that has emerged

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Help the Homeless in Philadelphia

With winter here, helping those without the warmth of home is more important than ever. Here, more than 15 ways to make a difference in the lives of homeless Philadelphians

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Generation Change Philly: The Cleaner-Upper

How Terrill Haigler (a.k.a. Ya Fav Trashman), a former Philly sanitation worker with a gift for organizing—and for social media—became one of Filthadelphia’s most beloved and recognizable change-makers 

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Generation Change Philly: The Modern Humanitarian

Everyone in the know says Michael O'Bryan is Philly's thought leader 'it' person of the moment. But no one can actually say what he does. Maybe that's because changing humanity is hard to sum up pithily.

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Generation Change Philly: The Innovation Coach 

As the executive director of Penn’s Integrated Product Design program, Sarah Rottenberg inspires the next generation of inventors to solve problems at the intersection of humanity and design 

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Generation Change Philly: The Super Citizen

The next in our series on change agents is Jen Devor, a one-time candidate who promised to revolutionize the way Philly votes. She lost the race—but is still working to build the best citizens of her city.

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Introducing … Generation Change Philly

The Citizen is collaborating with Keepers of the Commons to spotlight and uplift the people whose ideas are making our city—and our lives—better. Get ready to meet the next class of great Philly changemakers

By Christine Speer Lejeune