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I'm sipping a shot of ginger honey hooch below the restaurant rooftop of Louie's of Mar Vista in California. The building has been in Chef John Atkinson’s family for over two decades; once a butcher shop, it now serves as a restaurant and bar. Atkinson hails from Manhattan Beach, but became a chef in South Carolina after a stint studying history. His alcohol menu is an extensive, impressive display of his learned Southern hospitality, but the section that stands out most is "From The Hive"—cocktails inspired by honey from bees that were found in a sign above his restaurant 20 years ago.

“We noticed we were wasting ginger that we kept cutting for meals, so I thought about boiling it and adding in sugar,” Atkinson says. “But then the ginger was so strong that to balance it out, we needed something sweet. So we tried the honey from the hives.”

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This fall, the United Nations is preparing to launch its 17 Sustainable Development Goals—an extraordinary action plan to solve the world’s biggest problems by 2030. Over the coming months, we’ll be connecting with The Local Globalists: 17 nonprofit founders, entrepreneurs, and social innovators who are working every day, wherever they are, to turn one of the U.N.’s #globalgoals into reality.

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

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This fall, the United Nations is preparing to launch its 17 Sustainable Development Goals—an extraordinary action plan to solve the world’s biggest problems by 2030. Over the coming months, we’ll be connecting with The Local Globalists: 17 nonprofit founders, entrepreneurs, and social innovators who are working every day, wherever they are, to turn one of the U.N.’s #globalgoals into reality.

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These Maps Show You How to Live, Not Just Where

Whether you live in a map culture or not, it’s clear maps can change the way we interact with and change the world.

It used to be that paper maps were the free gifts that came with your new compass, graphically representing geography via points, lines, and fire-breathing dragons—all of which indicated orientation, distance, latitude, longitude, and the sheer vastness of uncharted territory. But today’s multidimensional digital maps are comprehensive, interactive, and they’ve got the compass built right in. Plus, they’re changing the way we interact with our environments and with each other.

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The Future of Nutrition is Vacuum-Sealed, Powdery, and Full of Insects

Though we may associate futuristic food with sci-fi, on-the-go nutrition options are very real.

Humankind has long dreamt of breaking the physical boundaries of the brain and body, our perfectly efficient future exemplified by consuming nutrients on the go. So the theory goes, if we stop “wasting” time preparing or even savoring our meals, we can devote more mental and physical energy to the necessary work that happens on the battlefield, spaceship, or within the relentlessly innovative tech startup. Though we may associate such futuristic notions of food and drink with fiction—think pills-as-meals in Sleeper or The Jetsons—on-the-go nutrition options are very much alive today, and they’ve got as much to do with food sustainability issues as the dream of being liberated from the stove or dining room.

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Ask the Bees: How Collaborative Learning Teaches Us to Think Critically

Beekeeping mentors explain why the hive mind isn't such a bad thing. #ProjectLiteracy

Honeylove mentoring session in Moorpark. Photo by Alessandra Rizzotti.

If you’ve ever wondered where the “bee” in “spelling bee” comes from, The Beekeeper’s Bible has your back. The creature, according to the book, has long been an industrious emblem of the power of both written and spoken word. Ancient Egyptians considered bees to be a symbol of wisdom; in India, bees represent knowledge; in Hebrew culture, bees signify eloquence, with the word for bee “dbr” translating directly to “speech.” Plato himself may have had bees to thank for his future as a philosopher—legend has it that a bee landed on his lips when he was a baby, bestowing him with the gift of erudition.

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