In 2002, Ingrid Betancourt was campaigning to become president of Colombia when she was kidnapped by guerillas. She was held in the jungle for six years. With fear her constant companion, she learned how to use it and grow.

From Hong Kong to Istanbul to New York, libraries are one of the defining elements of 21st-century demonstrations, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, and they can help illuminate why people risk discomfort, arrest and danger to stand together.

And Brexit wouldn’t have happened. At least that’s according to the Global Vote, an initiative which lets people vote in other country’s elections. The site’s creator, Simon Anholt, tells us about the lessons learned from this real-life experiment in democracy.

Researchers and academics around the world are in the crosshairs of an assault on the worth of the scientific method. Here’s how to stand up for science.

Dr. Samantha Nutt, an international humanitarian and author, writes about misogyny and the continuing struggle for women’s equality — and points to the way ahead

Washington — and America — seem irrevocably mired in division and dysfunction, but bipartisanship and compromise could exist again in the near future. Journalist Michael Tomasky helps point out three tiny rays of hope.

Every four years, graphic design organization AIGA solicits designers to create eye-catching posters to rally people to go to the polls. Here’s the story behind 14 of the submissions.